The 13th Annual New River Blues Festival. River House – August 31st

Labor Day Sunday
August 31, 2014
Gates Open at Noon
Music Starts at 1:00 PM
Festival Ends at 6:00 p.m.

Bring lawn chairs, blankets, the kids, umbrellas (rain or shine).
No coolers or pets on lawn please!
Food, mixed & soft drinks, beer and wine available for purchase!

 

JOHNNY NEEL, veteran of The Allman Brothers Band, The Dickey Betts Band, and Gov’t Mule, has an impeccable musical pedigree of the highest order. Nashville’s bluesman-keyboard-player-extraordinaire has written songs covered by John Mayall, Delbert McClinton and other legends. His warm, lived in, passionate vocals and his electrifying performance on keys will shake the mountains with exuberant musical energy!
Washington DC’s CHARLIE SAYLES is a phenomenal harmonica player who has invested his music with all the heartache of a foster child, Viet Nam vet, and wandering troubadour. Charlie’s elegant, agile playing and gritty voice won him the attention of The Smithsonian Folklife Festival where he made several apearences with Pete Seeger. This will be one of Sayles’ very rare festival appearences.. So we encourage you to experience while you can this raw, funky, mesmerizing, elusive genius. He will be joined by guitar prodigy Tony Fazio.
PAT “MOTHER BLUES” COHEN is a saucy, scintillating singer who cut her teeth in New Orleans where she reigned as the divine Mama of the blues six nights a week. Mother Blues brings to her performances all the extravagant excitement that defines the effervescent Big Easy. Her irrepressible concerts in the US and abroad have brought her international accolades and renown.
BOO HANKS stands as one of the greatest authentic Piedmont Blues discoveries in many years. Mr. Hanks performs exquisitely in the style of Blind Boy Fuller and is the last keeper-of-the-flame of that historic music. He brings to his performances all the deep experiences and insights of working in the tobacco fields nearly his entire life. Now at the age of 84, Boo’s talents have ripened and matured to their spellbinding height.
THE KING BEES have performed on numerous European festival stages, several times at the prestigious Lincoln Center, and in Mississippi juke joints. Guitarist, keyboardist Hound Dog Baskerville and bassist, singer, song writer Queen Bee Zamagni formed the band 28 years ago. Over the years they forged important musical relationships with many blues greats and have toured with BB King and Bo Diddley. Hound Dog Baskerville is a NATIONAL BLUE RIDGE HERITAGE ARTIST. They produce New River Blues Festival with Donovan Murray as an homage to the real-deal artists who created this most wonderful of American music and who generously share their extraordinary gifts. THE KING BEES will be joined by special friends.

 

 

September 7th – Wayne Henderson and Helen White

 

Wayne Henderson is a National Heritage Award recipient honored for his craftsmanship as a luthier and his renowned finger-style Appalachian guitar playing. His instruments are coveted worldwide and he sports a long waiting list for his guitars, mandolins, and banjos. Sponsored through the National Council for Traditional Arts, the Smithsonian Institute, Office of Arts America, European World of Bluegrass, Chet Atkins International Appreciation Society and numerous individual venues, Wayne has toured broadly in the U.S., Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. His lightening fast, articulate playing style was influenced by Doc Watson and EC Ball, both close friends and neighbors in this musically rich corner where Southwest Virginia meets Northwest North Carolina. His repertoire includes Appalachian fiddle tunes, Carter Family melodies and a few swing and rockabilly standards. He has won more awards at the Galax Fiddlers Convention than any other competitor in its seventy-seven year history.

 

A singer, fiddler, guitarist and tunesmith, Helen White has toured extensively with Wayne in the U.S. and Europe. Her compositions include works for theater and video projects as well as a Booklist honored recording of original songs for children. Helen is the founder and served as regional director of the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program from program inception in February of 2000 to June of 2013. This renowned program serves students in 25 mountain counties in Virginia, North and South Carolina introducing them to their musical heritage through small group instruction in the instruments and music common to the region.

 

Both Wayne and Helen are frequent instructors at major traditional music camps across the country.

 

 

Riverhouse Website – 336-982-2109

 

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river house inn ashe county ncfeaturing Robin Voiers

based on the writings of Mrs. F. Scott Fitzgerald

by William Luce

Sunday, August 17th

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM: Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and meet “Zelda” – the symbol of the Jazz Age; a legend created by her famous husband F. Scott Fitzgerald. Though she played the role of the Compleat Flapper, she was altogether different from that sentimental stereotype. A talented author herself, she succumbed to schizophrenia and became a “graduate of half a dozen mental institutions.” The play occurs when she is 47, the day before her tragic death in a fire at Highlands Hospital in Asheville, N. C. During the play, Zelda relives the laughter and tears of her struggle for identification apart from Scott.

The play from 5:00 to 6:00; dinner at 6:00.

River House
1896 Old Field Creek Road
Grassy Creek, NC 28631
336-982-2109

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river house inn ashe county ncPianist/Guitarist Aaron Price accompanying Poet Caleb Beissert’s readings of Pablo Neruda and Federico Garcia Lorca.

Aaron Price and Caleb Beissert provide an afternoon’s salon. Aaron is no stranger to the Riverhouse, having performed here since 1994. He will add a musical backdrop on piano and guitar to the poetry reading of Washington DC native Caleb Beissert. 

Caleb’s translations of Pablo Neruda and Federico Garcia Lorca’s works have garnered international attention and culminated in the release of his book, Beautiful: Translations from The Spanish, published by New Native Press in 2013.

The Price/Beissert program weaves enchanting music into these and other timeless works, including the poetry of Rumi, Hafez, Whitman, beat poetry, ad Beissert’s original works as well.

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river house inn ashe county ncThe August 3rd Sunday Salon will present Singer-Guitarist Dave Parsons. His Southern Rock/Classic Country show begins at 4:00. Please call 336-982-2109 to reserve.

 

Sunday Salons at the River House Inn on the New River are patterned on the famous international “salons” of the past; featuring musical and theatrical performances, poetry readings, book signings, art displays and literary and historical discussions, followed by dinner. If you can’t make dinner, you’re welcome to stop by for the entertainment in the North Carolina mountains and a libation with hors d’oeuvre! But please call to reserve.

 

Sunday afternoons on the front porch

 

Music from 4pm until 6pm

 

Hors d’oeuvre passed at 5pm

 

Four Course Chef’s Selection Menu seating at 6pm

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river house ashe countyGuitarist Wayne Henderson and Violinist Helen White will open the 12th Annual River House Winefest on Saturday, July 19th.

Twelve North Carolina Wineries will offer tastings, as well as bottles and cases.   They are Biltmore Estate, Brushy Mountain, Elkin Creek, Fair Game, Flint Hill, Grassy Creek, Hanover Park, Jones-vonDrehle, McRitchie, Rag Apple Lassie, and RayLen.

Artisans showing their wares include Craven Handbuilt Porcelain, Walnut Hills Crafts, High Country Glass,  Pogue Wood Art, Fiber Art by Peaceful Heart Alpacas, Hand-carved Wooden Bowls by Richard Weigand,  Silver…

Following Wayne and Helen, the Clay Lunsford Jazz Quartet will take the stage, and The Ardmores from Winston-Salem will rock until 5:00.

Various non-profit Ashe County organizations will share information about their activities, including the Chamber of Commerce, the Humane Society and Imagination Library.

Take home tasting glasses are provided and lunch is served.  $50 per person plus tax.  $25 for children and designated drivers.  No pets, please – not even those who can hold their licquor!

On the banks of the New River. 12 Noon to 5:00 PM, rain or shine.

River House Country Inn and Restaurant
1896 Old Field Creek Road
Grassy Creek, NC 28631

For reservations, please call 336-982-2109.

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River House Winefest

The 12th Annual River House Winefest is July 19 – 12 Noon to 5:00 pm.

Wineries:
Biltmore Estate Winery
RayLen Vineyards
Grassy Creek Vineyard
Rag Apple Lassie
Round Peak Vineyards
Hanover Park
Elkin Creek Vineyard
McRitchie Winery & Ciderworks
Flint Hill Vineyards
Jones vonDrehle Vineyards

Music:
Wayne Henderson and Helen White
The Clay Lunsford Jazz Quartet
The Ardmores

Artisans:
Craven Handbuilt Porcelain
Walnut Hill Crafts
Shannon Boyd Glass
Clay Vessels and Jewelry by Sarah Greene
Goat Cheese by Daddy’s Girl Dairy
Wooden Bowls by Shawn

Non-Profits:
Ashe Chamber
National Committee for the New River
Ashe Humane Society
Imagination Ashe

Tickets are $50 plus 6.75% tax
Tasting glass
Unlimited tastings from 10 wineries
Music
Door prizes
Lunch

View this years poster here!

page-photo-115952Dave Desmelik is a singer-songwriter and instrumentalist whose musical focus is on original compositions. What attracts listeners to Desmelik’s tunes, old and new, is the element of authenticity incorporated in them. There is no sugar coating involved. His songs are not wrapped in false smiles, rather they are stark and open and tend to settle on the pulse of everyday life. An unclosed and evolving journal of thoughts set to music and melodies in prose and instrumental performance. Desmelik was born and raised just outside of Atlanta, GA, but has traveled and lived in a multitude of landscapes. He currently resides in Brevard, NC. He was an original member of Onus B. Johnson, a successful band based in Flagstaff, AZ in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. This band was on the front wave of jamgrass while maintaining the passion for songwriting. Today, Desmelik continues to pursue an ascending path as a solo artist. More info on his website: http://www.davedesmelik.com.

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