Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Blue Cow Arts in the Park - Downtown Floyd, VA

Blue Cow Arts, a public non-profit organization based in Floyd, Virginia, announces a series of free concerts this summer in the new Warren G Lineberry Memorial Park next to the Winter Sun building in downtown Floyd. Blue Cow Arts originated in 2002, with the broad based mission statement of supporting culture within the community. Over the past several years, BCA has worked with the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities to support the authentic roster of Appalachian musicians on FloydFest?s ?Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Workshop Porch? and has initiated and supported cultural exchanges with several groups of West African musicians, as well as helped to create the permanent infrastructure at ?Blue Cow Pavilion? venue at milepost 170.5 off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

This summer?s concert series will feature The Hackensaw Boys on May 1st, Cherryholmes on June 20th, and Laura Reed w/ the Yonrico Scott Band along with the DJ Williams Projekt on July 17th. The concerts will take place in the new downtown park space, where there are plans to eventually build a permanent performance structure. For the summer series, bands will play on the Turman Log Homes stage, generously donated by that organization for the occasions.

The first Saturday in May BCA will host the Hackensaw Boys, from Charlottesville, Virginia, a six -piece high energy string band . After seven years of relentless touring throughout the United States, Europe and the U.K., the Hackensaw Boys are being recognized as one of the most exciting groups on the diverse Americana music scene. The group?s second release for Nettwerk Records, Look Out, represents the recorded culmination of the Hackensaw?s unique vision: A celebratory but defiant sound culled from old-time mountains, backstage doorways and punishing drives through the evolving American landscape.

Butch Robins' Imagicnation and Folk Soul Revival will open for the Hackensaw Boys. Hailing from the Celtic descended southeastern US, Butch Robins has established himself as an instrumental innovator and explorer. Described by Tony Trischka as a musical chameleon, Butch?s musical diversity was further evidenced in the Bluegrass world by his opposite ends of the spectrum inclusion as banjoist for Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys and bassist for the New Grass Revival. Recently Butch has formed a new ensemble, Butch Robins? Imagicnation. Butch is joined by Tom Ohmsen (Mandolin), Kris Hodges (Drums, Percussion and Vocals) and John McBroom (Bass and Vocals) for his next Imagicnation.

All BCA summer concerts are free to the public. The May 1 show starts at 3pm and ends by 7pm. Dogtown pizza will be vending from the sidewalk, and beverages will be available from the Winter Sun building deck. Visit bluecowarts.org for more info.

About Blue Cow Arts Foundation

Founded in 2002, Blue Cow Arts is a public non-profit in support of increased social awareness through music, art and cultural education. In an increasingly and perilously homogenous culture, BCA supports diversity through event promotion, cultural exchange opportunities, and by hosting and providing a forum for musicians, artists, educators and advocates of sustainable living and cultural preservation.

Based in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Floyd, Virginia, BCA seeks to support innovative grassroots cultural efforts and movements, including the 4-day FloydFest, showcasing the wealth of local music, crafts and customs in the Floyd, Virginia area, alongside musicians, dancers and performance artists from all corners of the globe. For more information visit www.bluecowarts.org

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