Surry Arts Council launches bluegrass concert series

Surry Arts CouncilThe Surry Arts Council, located in Mount Airy, NC, has announced an aggressive music series as part of their ongoing Visit Mayberry campaign. Billed as Blue Ridge & Beyond, the concerts will be held in the town’s historic Earle Theatre and will features performances from some of the top acts in bluegrass.

Shows start later this month and will occur roughly once a month on Saturday nights through September of 2017. O’Connor Band kicks things off on November 19, featuring fiddle great Mark O’Connor with his family, followed by The Del McCoury Band on December 17.

Tanya Jones with the Arts Council says folks in the area are excited about seeing these artists in town, and expect them to bring in a good many visitors as well.

“To attract this caliber of talent to Surry County is incredible. These groups often play in coliseums and very large venues. Seeing them in a small venue like the Earle is a unique experience. To get on stage, the artists have to walk down the aisles right past the fans.”

Other shows on the Blue Ridge & Beyond schedule include:

  • January 21 – Shadowgrass
  • February 17 – Jerry Douglas Presents Earls of Leicester
  • March 4 – Bryan Sutton Band
  • March 31 – Lonesome River Band
  • May 20 – Carson Peters and Iron Mountain
  • June 23 – Seldom Scene
  • August 19 – Will Jones Band
  • September 23 – Balsam Range

Ticket information can be found on the Surry Arts Council web site, and lodging details at

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