ASHEVILLE NC – Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park‘s Music on the Mountain 2012 concert series debuted on August 12 with 150 concertgoers to see Balsam Range and the Harris Brothers on a sunny, beautiful day. The series continues on Sunday, September 16, 3:30-7:30 p.m., featuring Town Mountain from Asheville and Darin & Brooke Aldridge, the “Sweethearts of Bluegrass” from Cherryville, N.C., with special guest Ken Potter from Bat Cave, N.C. The family-friendly concerts are held at the pavilion, an intimate covered venue in the Meadows and limited to only 300 tickets. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park. Event will be held rain or shine; no refunds. Advance concert tickets for non-passholders are on sale at Music City Asheville. All tickets are on sale at the Old Rock Café, Chimney Rock’s Ticket Plaza, by phone at (800) 277-9611 or online at chimneyrockpark.com.
“Music on the Mountain is an opportunity to enjoy great music with friends and family in a beautiful outdoor setting like Chimney Rock. We’re sticking to our roots in the Southern Appalachian Mountains by featuring some of the best local bluegrass and roots country musicians in WNC,” said Matt Popowski, PR & Events Manager at Chimney Rock.
Get ready for hard-drivin’ Appalachian bluegrass from the Carolinas! Town Mountain of Asheville, N.C., was propelled from the 1st Place Winners of the 2005 RockyGrass Band Contest to 2011 Official Showcase Artists at IBMA. The band will release their fourth album, Leave the Bottle, September 4, 2012, produced by Grammy-winner Mike Bub.
Town Mountain has collaborated and/or performed with Doc Watson, Jim Lauderdale, Steep Canyon Rangers, Larry Keel, David Grisman and The Infamous Stringdusters. Delivering their grass both new and old style, and always contributing to the evolution of the bluegrass form, they toss influences as varied as surf-rock, gospel and country into their field of play. Jim Lauderdale says, “They get down with heart, grit, soul, and dive! They’ll get you moving!” Visit www.townmountain.net.
Darin & Brooke Aldridge
The “Sweethearts of Bluegrass,” known as one of the best duos in acoustic music today, were nominated IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year and SPBGMA gospel group, album, song and female vocalist of the year nominees in 2011. Their 2010 self-titled album propelled Darin and Brooke into the top five on Bluegrass, Americana Roots, and Gospel music charts. In summer 2011, they were the most played bluegrass artists on Sirius/XM radio. In early 2012, Darin & Brook were featured on four TV network shows, including the RFD channel called The Bluegrass Road and Great American Gospel.
Since playing in almost half of the United States on their 2011 tour, fans around the country have fallen in love with the “Sweethearts.” Married in December 2008, Darin and Brooke make their love and faith in each other and in God a cornerstone of their music, which is sure to be enjoyed by the entire family. Visit www.darinandbrookealdridge.com.
Ticket Prices: Adults: $22 advance, $25 at gate; Youth (ages 6-15): $12 advance, $15 at gate. Non-passholder tickets include a complimentary one-day Park admission.
Annual Passholders: $12 advance, $15 at gate; $7 Grady’s Kids Club Members.
Complimentary Admission: Concert tickets are valid for Park admission on the concert date. Non-passholders can return any day this year and enjoy a complimentary one-day Park admission by showing their used concert ticket. One complimentary admission per ticket; expires December 31, 2012.
Sponsors: A big thanks goes to the sponsors who helped make the concert series possible: PepsiCo, Music City Asheville, Acoustic Corner, BP Solutions Group and WNCW as a media sponsor.
Event parking on the Meadows will begin at 2 p.m. Covered seating is provided, but attendees are welcome to bring their own camping chairs or blankets. No beer and alcohol are allowed inside the State Park, and no coolers will be allowed inside the concert area. Concessions, CDs and merchandise will be available for purchase.
Go early to check out Chimney Rock’s 75-mile panoramic views, five scenic trails, rock climbing and ancient geological features, such as Devil’s Head and the Opera Box. Featured in The Last of the Mohicans blockbuster, 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River.
About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park has been recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular travel destinations for more than 100 years. The 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. In 2012 the Park is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the release of The Last of the Mohicans, which was partially filmed at Chimney Rock. It’s located 30 minutes southeast of Asheville and 90 minutes west of Charlotte on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or visit chimneyrockpark.com.
About Music City Asheville
Music City Asheville can help make you sound like the pros. They have quality instruments for all levels of musicians, including pro audio, guitars, drums, accessories and more. Their expert staff can provide you with all the answers to your musical questions. Music City also offers a complete repair service for all stringed instruments, amplifiers and pro audio. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (828) 253-8735 or visit www.musiccityasheville.com.
About Acoustic Corner
Located in historic Black Mountain, Acoustic Corner is a different kind of musical instrument shop, offering an array of unique acoustic instruments in a hands-on, relaxed, helpful atmosphere. Acoustic Corner features guitars, mandolins, basses, bouzoukis, banjos, violins, lap dulcimers and other instruments popular in Celtic, Old-Time, Bluegrass, Jazz, and other acoustic music styles. Most of their instruments are hand-made or manufactured by hand in small factories. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (828) 669-5162 or visit www.acoustic-corner.com.
WNCW’s mission is to advance the broadest educational goals of Isothermal Community College through the operation of a full service, professional public radio service that encourages its audience to pursue a quest for lifelong learning. WNCW offers an eclectic mix of Folk, Americana, Rock, Bluegrass, Reggae, and more. Some call it “roots” music but most just call it good music. The public radio station broadcasts on WNCW-FM Spindale NC 88.7, Greenville SC 97.3, Charlotte NC 100.3 & 99.1, Boone NC 92.9, Repeater Service to WSIF Wilkesboro NC 90.9, and streams live online at www.wncw.org.
PepsiCo offers the world’s largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that generate more than $1 billion in annual retail sales each. Our main businesses – Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay, and Pepsi Cola – also make hundreds of other enjoyable and wholesome foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world. With net revenues of approximately $60 billion, PepsiCo’s people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo’s promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment, including by conserving energy and water usage, and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support, and invest in the local communities where we operate. Visit www.pepsico.com.