Traditional Music in a Historical Setting
I just returned from an exciting weekend of music at the Americana Music Festival in Virginia City, Nevada. What a great place to host a festival. Enjoying traditional American roots music in one of the oldest established communities in Nevada sure takes one back in history to the 1859's when the Comstock Lode was discovered, turning Virginia City into a mining boomtown.
The Americana Music Festival offers a large variety of music played by outstanding musicians, including bluegrass, old-time, gospel, folk and Celtic that have people dancing and tapping their feet over the several locations that are within walking distance of the festival headquarters.
Historic Piper's Opera House, built in 1885 by John Piper, is one of the locations for the music venues. The modern traditional musicians seem to just fit right in on the stage that once featured performances of Shakespeare by prominent American and British touring actors.
Emcee Tumbleweed Tex warms up the crowd at Piper's Opera House.
Michelle Pappas and Tyler Stafford play the sweet sounds of a soulful poet in their alternative folk music.
The Growling Old Men, a funny sounding name for their band, is indicative of the camaraderie they share in producing their powerful music influenced by the Appalachian hills and western plains.
The Central Valley Boys excite the crowd with their upbeat country and bluegrass music. And yes they sound as good as they look in their blue suits and white hats!
Cindy Gray's Mountain Girls gave an outstanding performance of Riders on the Storm. Cindy, I sure hope you keep this one on your repertoire!
What a great way to escape the city heat and enjoy the weekend with good music and friendly people. Mark your calendar next year for the second weekend in July and come on out to the Americana Music Festival!
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