Musicians of all ages will perform and compete at the 33rd annual Yadkin Valley Bluegrass Convention in Yadkinville on Saturday. From competitions to jam sessions, the toe-tapping sounds of this classic American style of music will be heard throughout the campus of Yadkinville Elementary School all afternoon and evening.
The event begins at 1 p.m. with the band competition beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults. For children 10 and younger, admission is free. Concessions will also be available. Doors will open at noon.
Many performers return the event year after year and from all across the region. Last year, Richard and Barbara Bowman competed in multiple categories including autoharp, fiddle, bass and the band competition. Hailing from Mount Airy, the couple has been competing at the Yadkin Valley Bluegrass Convention for six or seven years. They also travel to other area conventions to play old-time music.
Though the style of music is considered old, young people are taking an avid interest in the bluegrass art form. Sarah Griffin and Kathleen Burnett, both age 20, from Boone, have attended and performed at the convention several times. At last year’s event, Griffin said they loved “listening to all the great music and hearing all the wonderful musicians.”
“You can learn something from everybody,” Burnett added.
For more information about the Yadkin Valley Bluegrass Convention, call Robert Steelman at 336-409-4775.
Kitsey Burns Harrison may be reached at 336-679-2341 or on Twitter and Instagram @RippleReporterK.