Gatlinburg, TN – Put on your dancing shoes and bring along a banjo for the sixth annual Music of the Mountains Festival sponsored by the city of Gatlinburg and the Great Smoky Mountains Association (GSMA) on April 10th, 2010.
Whether you are a local or visitor to Gatlinburg this is a great time to sit back and listen to some authentic mountain music set in the beauty of the mountains themselves. While previous festivals have only lasted for a few hours, this year’s festival will be an all-day event. Gathering the best of bluegrass, old-time and traditional musicians, the city of Gatlinburg and the GSMA have worked hard to create a fantastic experience for people of all ages.
Located at the Sugarlands Visitor Center there are many free events scheduled for throughout the day, there is something for everyone at this event. Yet this isn’t your ordinary festival. Its primary purpose is to showcase mountain music and celebrate its evolution over time which corresponds to the history of the southern Appalachian Mountains.
The people who inhabited the land before the park was established in 1934 had a rich musical tradition that told stories of their people and lives there on the land. Oral storytelling through music is a wonderful way to pass on history to the next generation and the park staff love keeping that tradition alive each year. Doors open at 10 AM and each concert can only hold up to 160 people so make sure to come early to grab a seat before they are all taken.
Below is a list of the concerts:
10-11 a.m. ΓÇô Lost Mill String Band
11 a.m.-noon ΓÇô Lisa Free
12-1 p.m. ΓÇô Boogertown Gap
1-2 p.m. ΓÇô Tony Thomas
2-4 p.m. ΓÇô Matt Morelock and Brian Volmer (two 45-minute sets).
4-5 p.m. ΓÇô Mountain Strings.
The last concert of the day is Jimbo Whaley and Friends featuring the band Greenbrier starts at 7 PM.
Make sure to purchase tickets now before they are sold out! As an added bonus free CD’s of Greenbrier’s album. For more information contact us so we can help you get directions from our cabins to Sugarlands Visitor Center. You might want to come back after and make some mountain music of your own out on the porch or pop in the CD and enjoy the concert again in the comfort of your gatlinburg cabin.