Sunday, January 4, 2009

Mountain Music: AppalachiaFest and Cabin Fever Series

In conjunction with the year-long celebration of the 75th anniversary of Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg will be holding several musical performances highlighting the rich musical heritage of the region.

AppalachiaFest will be held on January 13 at the Country Tonite Theater in Pigeon Forge.

The 3rd annual AppalachiaFest will feature Tim O'Brien, Dirk Powell and Riley Baugus and Boogertown Gap as they play old time, traditional mountain songs in the old time mountain style. A portion of the proceeds (25%) will be donated to Friends of the Smokies and WDVX Radio in Knoxville. The concert is actually a part of Pigeon Forge's popular Wilderness Wildlife Week.

The Country Tonite Theater is on Showplace Blvd in Pigeon Forge. The concert begins at 7:30 but there’s a lobby pre-show at 7 pm. Please call 865-429-7350 for more information.

Cabin Fever Singer / Songwriter Series

The Cabin Fever Singer / Songwriter Series will be held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Gatlinburg on January 15 and 29, and on February 12 and 26.

The original homesteaders in the Smoky Mountains region played Celtic music, which evolved into Bluegrass music, which has since evolved into Acoustic Americana. The Hard Rock Cafe in Gatlinburg offers an opportunity to shake off Cabin Fever as area Singer / Songwriters come out of the woodshed to share their original music with an audience that appreciates the Appalachian heritage of picking and grinning.

If you wish to participate by playing your own music, it will cost $15. However, if you just want to listen, it’s completely free. The Hard Rock Cafe is located at 515 Parkway in Gatlinburg. Please call 865-430-7625 for more information.

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