Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Evening Sponsors and Membership

We are ever so grateful to the local businesses and friends that have become members of Bluemont this year and for the past five summers. With the struggles that continue in the economy and the budget cuts that help fund Bluemont and many other important art and music programs, Jen and I are asking for your help more than ever.  The costs to bring music to Ashland are more than one could imagine- without more memberships and evening sponsors, there is great danger that Bluemont will be unable to return to Ashland next summer.  We were $3,000 short of reaching our $11,000 goal last year so it's even more important to go above and beyond this summer. We'd love your help!  Please visit us at the concert Welcome Tables to find out more information about joining Bluemont.  If your company or someone you know may be interested in becoming an evening sponsor, please let us know.  We appreciate you all so much and know you'll join with us to keep Bluemont in Ashland!

First Concert of 2010!

Yippee! The first Bluemont in Ashland Summer Concert is just a few days away.  This Sunday, August 1 is Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie- what a perfect way to start this exciting month of music.  Called "a banjo legend" by the "Washington Post", twice awarded "Banjo player of the Year" by the Muleskinner News Bluegrass Magazine, credited with giving start to the careers of both dobro legends Mike Auldridge and Jerry Douglas, credited by Ricky Skaggs as being responsible for his post Ralph Stanley musical career, Bill Emerson was also inducted into the "Virginia Folk Music Association" Hall of Fame in 1984 and June 10th was proclaimed "Bill Emerson Day" by the governor.  You can check out more about this incredible band by visiting
Also this week, the Hanover Concert Band will be opening the show at 5:30-so come on over to the center early and bring a picnic dinner. Double music- double fun! Can't wait to see you!