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RTE 23 Music Festival returns to Wise

Staff report • Updated Aug 15, 2019 at 9:13 AM

WISE – The University of Virginia’s College at Wise will be the site of the seventh annual RTE 23 Music Festival on Aug. 24.

Sponsored by the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and WBCM Radio Bristol, the Festival will feature bluegrass duo The Golden Age, soul/dance/rock band The Fritz and country soul band 49 Winchester.

The Golden Age is Bryan Simpson and Matt Menefee, founding members of Cadillac Sky. The duo is now back together making bluegrass music that is equal parts preservation and rebellion. RTE 23 will be the band's debut performance.

The Golden Age steps in after C2& the Brother’s Reed was unable to perform due to scheduling conflicts.

The Fritz is a soul-driven dance rock band hailing from Asheville, North Carolina. The group’s aggressive approach to funk, soul, and rock creates a sound that is uniquely their own. With powerful vocals, climactic solos, and tight grooves, The Fritz has built a devoted following and is captivating audiences everywhere.

49 Winchester hails from the mountain town of Castlewood, Virginia, with Appalachian music roots of equal parts country and soul, along with powerful vocals, hard-hitting songs and heavy country-blues guitars. Singer and guitarist Isaac Gibson's songs are poetically straightforward, and his stellar vocals shine through during live performances.

RTE 23 will take place on Saturday, Aug. 24 from 5 to 10 p.m. at UVa-Wise’s Carl Smith Stadium. The festival is a free family event and open to the public. Local food vendors and craft beers will be available on site.

For more information visit the RTE 23 Festival website, http://www.rte23musicfestival.com, or Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rte23mf/.

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