In the Great Smoky Mountains, summer’s end is the perfect time to gather with friends and enjoy the curious mix of jazz and blues we call bluegrass, and which the Appalachian people call their own. On the rolling countryside just outside Pigeon Forge, TN lies Dumplin Valley Farm, where bluegrass lovers converge every September for three days of music, laughs, food, and fun.
Appalachian History Set to Music
Born of the traditional music of the early European settlers and strongly influenced by African-American culture, bluegrass music is the voice of the Great Smoky Mountains. With its distinctive fiddles, twanging banjos, and melodic harmonies, the music tells poignant stories of hardships endured, love lost, and tragedies overcome. Make plans this year to enjoy the music of the local people as the mountains around Pigeon Forge, TN echo with the legendary sounds of the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival.
Nearly 30 acts representing the finest talents in bluegrass today will take the stage at Dumplin Valley Farm to entertain you with nonstop toe-tapping fun. From traditional bluegrass to gospel to modern country favorites, everyone will find something to love in this celebration of America’s most original musical style.
The fun begins at Dumplin Valley Farm on September 15, 2011 and continues nearly nonstop through September 17, breaking only for supper each evening. Among the acts scheduled to appear at this year’s festival are Monroeville and the Quebe Sisters Band. Monroeville is a new acoustic group that has already found a loyal following for their unusual blend of old-time guitar picking and modern-day rock ‘n’ roll. The lovely Quebe sisters will entrance you with their stunning three-part harmony, reminiscent of the big band era. Their swing-influenced sound has won them fans everywhere they appear, and they are sure to be a hit at this year’s festival.
The music on stage is only a part of the fun, though. Impromptu jam sessions pop up throughout the weekend, with everyone joining in the picking and singing. You’ll make new friends and maybe even discover a hidden talent for playing bass. Of course, after a day filled with music and friendship, you’re sure to work up an appetite. Head on over to one of the many on-site food vendors to satisfy your hunger before making your way back to the barn for more great music.
Make Plans to Attend this One-of-a-Kind Event
Pack your fiddle and your lawn chairs and head for the Great Smoky Mountains this September for a fun-filled weekend of old-time music and laughs. Be sure to make your reservations before September 1, because early birds enjoy a weekend pass rate of just $70. Daily rates are $25 in advance, and children under 12 attend free.
Whether you’re a long-time fan of bluegrass or this is your first experience, you’re sure to enjoy your trip to the Great Smoky Mountains. Bluegrass, country, and even rhythm and blues draw from the rich culture and unique history of the area’s first settlers to form the unmistakable musical styles that are distinctly American. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of this vibrant community for a magical, music-filled vacation your family will love.