On Sunday, September 1st, the 17th Annual Papa Joe Smiddy Mountain Music Festival will honor the memory and legacy of Dr. Joseph “Papa Joe” Smiddy. The event is presented by the Cove Ridge Center Foundation and will be held in the amphitheater at Natural Tunnel State Park in Duffield, VA.
This annual gathering seeks to promote the musical heritage of the area’s Appalachian mountain culture and also honors the tireless work of “Papa Joe”, who promoted the music of our region for many decades. In addition to being an accomplished old-time banjo player, entertainer, and educator, Smiddy was Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. This year’s performers will be Boozy Creek Grass, UVa-Wise Bluegrass Band, Dr. Joe Smiddy & Reedy Creek, the ETSU Old-Time Ramblers and Bluegrass Pride Band, and Miss Ellie String Band, which is named in honor of Sue Ella Boatwright-Wells, who was instrumental in starting the School of Mountain Music at Mountain Empire Community College.
Tickets are $10 per person if purchased in advance and $15 per person the day of the event. Children 12 and under are admitted for no charge. Tickets can be purchased at Addington Oil in Weber City, the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, and the Natural Tunnel State Park Office. Tickets can also be purchased over the phone by calling 276-940-2674.
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