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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  • Steinway Artist Emile Pandolfi is a performing pianist/comedian/recording artist.
  • His catalog of 28 CDs have sold nearly three million copies nationally. All were recorded on his own label, MagicMusic, which he started in 1991. He is reportedly the top-selling artist in the alternative (gift and bookstore) market in the US.
  • He has been performing 25-30 shows a year in Performing Arts Centers around the country for the past 15 years. The shows are solo two-hour performances combining his passion for the piano, his love of laughter, and his instant rapport with his audiences. Emile has never met a stranger – and his fans see it when he takes the stage.
  • His shows are so successful presenters have re-booked him as many as eight times, with three or four venue returns the usual.
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Sunday Salons 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.

The Sunday Salons begin at 4:00 PM; hors d’oeuvre at 5:00 PM; more music and a four-course chef’s choice menu is served at 6:00 PM. Entertainment, hors d’oeuvre and dinner! Please call 336-982-2109 for more info!

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The Virginia Creeper Trail Guide is your comprehensive online information and services resource for your enjoyment of Virginia’s premiere mountain biking trail. I have listed bike rental & bike shuttle services, food, lodging and specialty shops. Not to mention trail maps, trail advisories, photo gallery and current weather.

The Virginia Creeper Trail stretches 35 miles from Abingdon Virginia thru Damascus Virginia to the NC State Line near Whitetop Virginia. The Virginia Creeper Trail is open to hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding. The former rail bed passes through the back country of Southwest Virginia. The Virginia Creeper Trail is rich in beauty and regional history. This is a biking adventure that you and your friends will talk about for a long time.

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Fishing in the North Carolina Mountains: Choose your spot from a mile of the New River that runs through our farm.

The section of the New River adjacent to River House has been restocked with another 1,800 rainbow and brown trout!

Small mouth bass fish are also numerous. The popular Helton Creek, a delayed-harvest trout stream, flows into the New River about 1/2 upstream. The section of the New River adjacent to River House has been restocked this spring with another 1800 rainbow and brown trout!

It’s catch and release. Here are some fishing tips:

  • Use barbless hooks.  If you use a net, use one made of rubber. It is less harmful to fish scales, gills and eyes. Only net your fish if it is the only way to control it.
  • Wet your hands when handling fish. Dry hands and gloves will remove its protective mucous (slime) coating and scales. These protective layers help prevent infection by waterborne disease. Do not beach a fish or let it flop around the deck of the boat.
  • Try not to remove the fish from the water. If you must, be quick and gentle, do not squeeze the fish. Needle nose pliers, hemostats, de-hookers etc., will speed up the removal of a deep set hook.
  • To revive the fish, hold it under the belly and by the tail, keep it in an upright position underwater, do not move the fish back and forth (this is also a good time to get a measurement and take a photo). If you are fishing in a river or stream, hold the fish facing the current. Be patient and give the fish as much time as it needs to recover and swim away on its own.

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Spring at last. We have missed seeing all of you!

River House opens April 2nd. Our first Sunday Salon on April 6th features Appalachian State University Flautist Dr. Nancy Schneeloch-Bingham and Guitarist Gabe Fankhauser with a program of Irish and Scottish traditional tunes from slip jigs and slides to hornpipes and reels.

Music begins at 4:00. A four-course menu by Chef Bill Klein follows at 6:00 – and River House recently received the People’s Choice Award for Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the county. .

For reservations, please call 336-982-2109.

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Blue Ridge Parkway: We are a 20 minute drive from “America’s favorite drive”. A drive down the Blue Ridge Parkway is meant to be slow paced and relaxing. A stop at almost any overlook or trail will reveal much of the natural and cultural history here. The Parkway meanders 469 miles between Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks.

Nearby on the Blue Ridge Parkway is Doughton Park, featuring open meadows, one of the best places along the motor road to view white-tailed deer, raccoons, red and grey foxes, and bobcats, as well as spectacular shows of flame azalea and rhododendron in the late spring. Hiking opportunities range from a short hike at Fodder Stack Trail to the strenuous 7.5 mile Bluff Mountain Trail. Visit the Brinegar Cabin to see craft demonstrations or hike into Basin Cove to view the Caudill Family Homestead. The Northwest Trading Post at Milepost 258 has a wide variety of craft items and souvenirs for sale from this part of North Carolina.

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373240As a touring performer, singer-songwriter and pianist Dave Turner has crossed North America on wheels numerous times from North Carolina to San Francisco and back, from New York City to Georgia, from the Steinbeck Center in Salinas, CA, to The Grey Eagle in Asheville, North Carolina, and many points in between over thousands of miles.

His songs and stories are inspired by subjects such as empty pockets and starry skies, bourbon, late-night diners, old lovers, Blue Ridge mountains, California dreams, desperation, roadside shrines, the solitude of the road, New York City subway rides, hangovers, unsent letters, adolescent kisses, tattoos, beer joints, bar buddies, staying put and getting away—just to name a few. Have a listen by attending one of Dave’s live shows or purchasing one of his recordings. – See more at: http://www.daveturnermusic.com/home.cfm#sthash.fN3wx2rO.dpuf

Sunday Salons: 
The bar opens at 3:00; music begins at 4:00; hors d’oeuvres passed at 5:00; a four-course Chef’s choice menu is served at 6:00.  $45 plus alcohol, tax and gratuity.

No charge if you choose not to stay for dinner, but please reserve.

 

 

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