The Birthplace of Country Music to Stage Free Concert in Wise, VA
Bristol, TN/VA, (August 24, 2016) The Route 23 Music Festival returns to the campus of the University of Virginias College at Wise (UVa-Wise) on Saturday, August 27 at 4:00 p.m. The free festival brings a diverse mix of artists together for a full day of amazing live music thats off the beaten path and family friendly.
The RTE 23 Music Festival has its origins back in February of 2009, when the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Concert Series hosted its first show at the college's student center. The goal thenand nowwas simple: bring the best Americana bands possible to music lovers in Southwest Virginia. Six years of concerts and festivals later,
an array of outstanding musicians including St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Folk Soul Revival, The Black Lillies, Yarn, The Corduroy Road, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, The New Familiars, Dave Eggar, Amber Rubarth, The David Mayfield Parade, Jarekus Singleton and Last Train Home have performed at the event.
RTE 23 returns this summer with another impressive line-up including The Comet Conductors, Annabelles Curse, Elliot Root, and Love Canon. The festival will also include family activities and crafts and food vendors.
This year RTE 23 is excited to offer craft beer and wine exclusively from two Wise, Virginia companies at the festival. Attendees over 21 can sample brands from Sugar Hill Brewing Company and Mountain Rose Vineyards in the event's beverage garden.
RTE 23 is made possible by a number of local businesses and individuals; their support is essential to keeping the event free for the community. Thank you to Cavalier Pharmacy, Dr. William C. Horne, Cavalier Comics, Wise County Tourism, Pro-Art, The Inn at Wise, Crutchfield, Edward Jones/Office of James Lawson, Charles Anderson, Bebo's Music, Pulitzer Orthodontics, Danny Mullins Insurance, Dr. Tommy Potter, Jeremy O'Quinn Law Office, Powell Valley National Bank, Frontier Secure, J. Daniels HVAC & Plumbing, Jeff Elkins Law Office, Iron Order Motorcycle Club, Coeburn Home Center, Wynn Canes, Funk Drilling Co., Morgan McClure, Larry Sturgill, and Elite Fitness & Nutrition for your generosity and support.
For more information about the festival, visit http://www.rte23musicfestival.com/. For more upcoming events from the Birthplace of Country Music, visit http://www.birthplaceofcountrymusic.org/.
The Route 23 Music Festival Schedule is as follows:
The Comet Conductors - 4:15 - 5:00
Drawing from the wellspring of Jimi Hendrix, Muddy Waters, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Comet Conductors have become one of East Tennessees best blues driven rock bands. Last fall, the band participated in the Piedmont Blues Band Challenge in Greensboro, North Carolina, and brought home a third place finish. The coming years are bound to see The Comet Conductors progress to bigger and brighter stages, and we are proud to have them open RTE 23 this year.
Annabelles Curse 5:30 - 6:30
Annabelles Curse have called Southwest Virginia home since the bands inception and have a strong following throughout the region. As evidenced by Worn Out Skin, their 2015 release, this folk rock quintet remains committed to the rootsy songwriting that has been their strength since the band was founded in 2010, though they now show more willingness to indulge in effects-laden grooves that showcase the bands instrumental chops and the vocal interplay between singer Tim Kilbourne and mandolinist Carly Booher. Annabelles Curse have appeared at FloydFest, Rooster Walk, and Knoxvilles Rhythm & Blooms Music Festival while becoming a featured and favorite performer at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.
Elliot Root 7:00 - 8:00
Like Jethro Tull, Steely Dan, and Lynyrd Skynyrd before them, Elliot Root is a band, not a man. That deserves noting, as it is all of the members of Elliot Root - and no one individual - who deserve credit for creating some of the best alt-rock buzzing on the scene today. Based out of Nashville, the quintets sound bends and moves, at any given moment channeling rootsy songwriters like Amos Lee or Ray Lamontagne before returning the next with rock bombast more akin to Kings of Leon. Elliot Root has shared the stage with X Ambassadors and Zac Brown, among others, and this summer will appear at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.
Love Canon 8:30 - 10:00
For many bluegrass bands, the musical canon that provides their inspiration includes Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, and The Stanley Brothers. For Love Canon, youd have to replace those names with Kenny Loggins, Tom Petty, Don Henley, a Mark Knopfler. Love Canon, from Charlottesville, Virginia, gives the bluegrass treatment to the biggest hits from the 1980s, but make no mistake; this is no mere tribute band. Each member of the band is a musician of the highest pedigree, and their spin on eighties music has put them in front of appreciative audiences across the country. Recently, the band appeared with Bruce Hornsby at the Warren Haynes Xmas Jam and opened for Huey Lewis & The News in Roanoke. The band was also featured at MerleFest, French Broad River Festival, Mountain Jam Festival, and FloydFest.About RTE 23 Music Festival
RTE 23 Music Festival is a free concert event held on the campus of the University of Virginias College at Wise. RTE 23 is coordinated by the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), the parent organization of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and Radio Bristol as part of BCMs outreach programming. For more information about RTE 23, visitwww.rte23musicfestival.com.