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Springtime means music festivals in SW Va.

Mike Still • Apr 22, 2019 at 12:15 PM

NORTON — Even if the Easter weekend was not the best time to get outside, far Southwest Virginia is heading into spring with a string of music festivals and regular music events to make getting out more enjoyable.

Big Stone Gap and the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park will host the Gathering in the Gap on Saturday, May 25 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the museum grounds. This year, the Gathering features The Tim O’Brien Band with Tony Trischka; Love Canon; Cellogram featuring Dave Eggar and Chuck Palmer; Holler Jake and other acts. Daytime general admission is free, and the museum grounds will feature various arts and crafts displays as well as food and drink.

Evening performances will be held near the museum’s rail car, and tickets for those performances are $15 per person. Children ages 12 and under will be admitted free when accompanied by a paying adult.

For more information, visit gatheringinthegap.org.

Dr. Ralph Stanley’s 49th annual Hills of Home Festival opens on Thursday, May 23 at Hills of Home Park, 4235 State Route 654 near Coeburn. The two-day festival now honors Stanley, an international bluegrass legend who gained renewed fame with the soundtrack of the Coen Brothers film “O Brother Where Art Thou?” The event continues to attract well-known bluegrass and country music acts.

The two-day festival will include performers Gary Greear; Chris Maynard & Streamliner; Edgar Loudermilk featuring Jeff Autry; Rhonda Vincent & The Rage; Po Ramblin Boys; Dark Hollow; Brock Ealey; Wildfire; and Ralph Stanley II and The Clinch Mountain Boys.

Tickets are sold at the gate only for $100 for all three days or $35 per day. Children 12 and under are admitted free. College students get discounts with a valid college ID: $85 for all three days or $30 per day.

Camping sites are available in the rough or with electrical hookups. More information can be found at the festival website, drralphstanleyfestival.com.

The High Knob Music Festival on Saturday, June 15 kicks off its sixth year at the High Knob Recreation Area in the Jefferson National Forest above Norton. Featured performers will include Miss Ellie String Band; My New Favorites; Sigean; Wyldheart; and Southern Rebellion. Admission to the festival is free, and parking within the recreation area requires a $3 US Forest Service daytime fee.

Festival organizers ask attendees for a three-can donation of food products for the local food bank.

The festival will start at 11 a.m. with a veterans memorial and tunes from the bagpipe with Randy Stanley and friends. The event wraps up at 7 p.m. For more information, visit facebook.com/HighKnobMusicFestival.

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