MOCKSVILLE — Broadway’s Best Theatre Company presents the second in their visiting artists series, the Whitetop Mountain Band, July 26 starting at 6 p.m. Prepared foods and snacks will be available for an evening of Mountain Music by this exceptional family-based band.
The Whitetop Mountain Band is one of the most popular dance bands of the Appalachian Mountains. It has a great following at square dances all over Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Kentucky at venues like the Carter Family Fold. The band also has performed at all sorts of venues throughout the United States from festivals to concerts, competitions, and colleges. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, National Folklife Festival, World Music Institute in NYC, Carter Family Festival, Dock Boggs Festival, World Fair, Virginia Arts Festival, Floydfest, Ola Belle Reed Festival and Merlefest are a few of the many festivals the band has performed at. They recently were featured on the NCTA Crooked Road Music tour of California, Nevada, Oregon, and Idaho in October 2007. In September 2007, members also toured the United Kingdom and Ireland playing the Cornish Bluegrass Festival and Open House Festival along with venues through England, Wales, and Ireland. In January 2008, members of the band also played at the Illawarra Folk Festival and Tamworth Country Music Festival in New South Wales, Australia.
Whitetop, Virginia, is an area rich in the old time music tradition; this band has deep roots in mountain music. The members have done much to preserve the Whitetop regions style of old-time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style. At the same time, Whitetop Mountain Band shows are very versatile and entertaining containing everything from fiddle/banjo instrumentals to powerful solos and harmony vocals on blues, classic country, honky tonk, traditional bluegrass numbers, old timey ballads, originals, and four part mountain gospel songs. Shows also include flat foot dancing. The band is well known for its high energy and charisma on stage.
Tickets are $15 (cash or check) at the door. Tickets can be purchased by credit card online (a $2 handling fee is added for credit cards). Advance tickets are available until through July 25 for $13 (cash or check), call for details. Broadway’s Best Theatre Company is located at 103 Beechtree Place, near the intersection of I-40 and Farmington Road, Exit #174, in Davie County. For tickets and to get more information visit www.broadwaysbest.biz.