Pigeon Forge Bluegrass Festival
Although a little bit of bluegrass music can always be a part of your experience when you visit the Smokies, from December 9-12, bluegrass will show up in full force as the Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival takes place at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center. Showtimes are TBA. Whether you’re a die-hard devotee of all things bluegrass, or you’re just a fan of good music with a fiddle and a banjo, the festival will have what you’re looking for.
You can take in as many or as few concerts as you want. Ticket prices range from $25 for a one-day open seating ticket to $135 for four-day Artist Circle seating. Once the shows get going, you’re bound to want to hear more.
The whole festival will be hosted by Lorraine Jordan, 2015 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Traditional Female Vocalist of the Year. Royce Jordan will act as Master of Ceremonies.
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As any fan of bluegrass music knows, part of the charm of the form is the opportunity for some free-wheeling improvisation. To satisfy that need, there will be jam sessions on Thursday and Friday nights at the Country Cascade Hotel after the show. That’s where you’re bound to see some bluegrass doing what they love and doing it extraordinarily well.
The concerts themselves will feature over a dozen different performers:
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
Marty Raybon & Full Circle
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
James King Band
Steve Dilling & Sideline
Paul Williams & Victory Trio
Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Xpress
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
Gentlemen Of Bluegrass
Jesse Alexander Band
Terry Baucom & The Dukes Of Drive
Jimbo Whaley & Greenbrier – A Local Favorite!
Audie Blaylock & Redline
There will also be workshop opportunities and chances to meet the band. You’ll be able to find out how and why they do what they do.
It’s at festivals like this one that everyone benefits: bluegrass fans get a chance to see some favorite performers in action, bluegrass artists get a chance to spend some time doing what they love with other like-minded folks, and everybody gets to enjoy some good-old bluegrass music. What Christmas festival could be better?
For additional information and concert schedule postings, visit the official Bluegrass in the Smokies Christmas Festival web site.