Dr. Ralph Stanley headlines VFMA Bluegrass Festival

Winding down from the county fair, the gates are open again this weekend, Sept. 12 through the 15, at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, so bring your lawn chair or camp for the weekend and enjoy some very good Bluegrass music during the Virginia Folk Music Association (VFMA) Jumpin’ Bluegrass ’13.

The $5 a day Bluegrass Festival, if tickets are purchased in advance, includes the Virginia State Bluegrass Contest on Sunday. Musicians come from all over the state to be in the contest. Tickets may be purchase at the gate for $10 on Thursday and Sunday and $15 on Friday and Saturday.

VFMA is a non-profit, volunteer organization founded in 1947 to preserve and promote Bluegrass, Country and Gospel Music. It is sanctioned by the Governor of Virginia as “keepers” of the Virginia Country and Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and conduct the Virginia State Music Champions contest.

Highlighting this year’s festival and performing on Saturday, September 14, is Dr. Ralph Stanley with Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys.  This performance leads up to his October tour which will launch his farewell tour, billed as Man of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell.  The tour will include more than 80 shows at festivals, folk clubs and performing arts center and run through December 2014. Stanley will also be inducted into the Virginia Hall of Fame.

Music runs from 1 p.m. until 11 p.m. each day. Attendees are invited to a corn bread and pinto beans supper on Thursday at 5 p.m. and are ask to bring a covered dish to share.  Thursday’s line-up include Youth Scholarship winner Brandon Skinner, Milford Station, Rappahannock Crossing, Sleepy Hollow and Homeward Bound.

Along with special recognition awards on Friday, sounds can be heard from Appalachian Express, Hank Satterwhite, Carolina Road, Code Blue, Willis River and Copper Ridge.
Leading up to Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys on Saturday will be Mill Run, East of Afton, Heavy Duty and Rappahannock Crossing.

The 2012 Band Winner, Jus Cauz Bluegrass Band, will perform on Sunday. For more information about these other fees call Lois Gaither at 804-339-7620 or Sigrid Williams at 804-347-2925.

Virginia Folk Music Association, Inc.was formed by Uncle Ed Silverman in 1947 to promote and preserve country music.  A group of music lovers, then known as “Hillbillies” formed this independent organization and became chartered as a non-profit, volunteer organization, on March 26, 1957 with the help of the late William “Bill” Tuck (Then Governor of Virginia) and the late Watkins M. “Watt” Abbitt (then Congressman, and later Director of the VFMA).  The organization went on to become a pioneer of music “Festivals.”

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