Sunday, August 18, 2013

Rain or Shine- yes!

Did you know that we always have our concerts no matter the weather?  So, if it's rainy, we laugh at the weather and move inside! It's so easy, especially with our new location at Randolph-Macon College!  Just come down to the regular place, Blackwell Auditorium, come up the steps that are usually the stage and come on in! We'll be looking for you!  You can even drop off everyone you bring along out front if you like...
See you there!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

This Sunday, August 18- Matuto!

This Sunday, we are thrilled to have Matuto for our 3rd concert of the summer!  A combination of diverse jazz, roots and world music, the band features violin, guitar, accordion, bass, drums and various Brazilian percussion instruments (most that we've never seen and can't wait to learn about!) This six member band creates a unique and inspired sound from the heart of New York Coty's diverse musical culture.

So, you know what to do! Grab a blanket or chair, tell your friends, and come on over and listen to some amazing music under the stars with Matuto! For more info on the band, check out their website:

See you there!!

We need your help reaching our fundraising goal!

Each summer, Bluemont in Ashland has a fundraising goal to meet to be able to continue to support the summer concerts!  Your Bluemont membership is SO important and makes such a great impact on reaching that each summer.  This year, our goal is $8,000 and we're about half way there.  "How do I become a Bluemont member?" you may be wondering.  It's easy! There are a few ways to suit your needs- check them out:

*visit us at a concert- we're at the Friend's Table and can answer all of your questions there as well as help you fill out a membership form
*check out and become a member on-line
*give us a call and we'll help you through the process by phone
*drop a check in the mail after visiting the website and reading about the membership benefits

Your gift to Bluemont is VERY appreciated- becoming a Bluemont member is a super way to show your support!
Thank you and we look forward to your membership and seeing you at the next show!

We LOVED Hard Swimmin' Fish!

We're hoping, really hoping that you made it out to Hard Swimmin' Fish this past Sunday! They were amazing and really nice guys too! Prior to the show at Randolph-Macon, the boys played for folks at the Omni Senior Apartments and had a great time with the residents there!  The weather held out nicely and while clouds lingered and the humidity was out of control, the rain stayed away so everyone enjoyed themselves dancing and listening to our terrific band! We sure would like them to come back to Ashland for another summer concert as soon as possible!  Thanks Hard Swimmin' Fish!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Hard Swimmin' Fish this Sunday!

This coming Sunday is going to be full of energy and fun!  A few hints about what's to come:
swim caps, swimsuits, Fred Horne, barracudas, sunshine, laughter, Lori Foley, Hard Swimmin' Fish, lanterns, prizes...
You'll have to come to the concert to find out more!
Although, we can't wait to tell you more about the band, Hard Swimmin' Fish! So, maybe just a little bit...
Hard Swimmin' Fish is a blues quartet that has been making music together for over fifteen years. The band plays a range of styles covering the country blues of Mississippi and The Piedmont, the urban blues of Chicago, and funk infused varieties with roots in New Orleans' second line. This versatility allows Hard Swimmin' Fish to offer either acoustic or electric performances and play any venue. Together they churn out a vibrant combination of originals, rearranged traditional material, and recognizable standards.
See you then!

Bluemont in Ashland Business Leaders

Our summer concerts here in Ashland are supported by a growing group of businesses and community leaders whose support ensures that these wonderful events can continue at affordable family prices.

Join us in thanking these major contributors:
The Town of Ashland; Randolph-Macon College
Ashland Main Street Association 
Hanover Arts and Activities Center 
Ashland Street Parties

Ashland Coffee and Tea                 The Caboose Wine and Cheese
The Iron Horse Restaurant Trackside Grill
Ashland Ace Hardware         Mac's Service Center
Anthony’s Pizza                 Fin and Feather of Ashland
Jersey Mike’s                 re*funk*it
Herbert Insurance

Consistently, these businesses have supported Bluemont in Ashland by hanging posters, handing out flyers, donating door prizes and/or sustaining their membership.
Please stop by and visit one or all of these Ashland businesses- they'd love it! Thank You!

The Hula Honeys were terrific!

Hopefully, as you're reading this, you're reminded of your first (or maybe you're not a beginner!) hula lesson last week at our first summer concert with the Hula Honeys! We had such a great time and beautiful weather- the evening was a great success! Along with fabulous music, CJ's Thumbs Up Foundation and the Knights of Columbus sold sweet treats (and sold out I'm told!) and actors from the upcoming production of Fiddler on the Roof, opening this weekend at the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, sang and danced during the pre-show. It was so nice to see everyone having such a good time in our new location, enjoying both the grass and brick seating, some enjoying the late afternoon sun and some in the shade. Thank you Randolph-Macon College! We're even more excited for this week...hope to see you there!

Friday, August 2, 2013

We are SO lucky!

We are so lucky to have concerts in the beautiful town of Ashland for lots of reasons. We are so grateful to all of the businesses who support us by hanging posters in their windows, giving out flyers, providing door prizes and becoming members. While this list will continue to grow as the concerts happen, the following businesses have so kindly offered their help: Trackside Grill, Ashland Library, Shear Power, Hometown Realty, The Caboose, Ashland Coffee and Tea, Mac's Service Station, Anthony's Pizza, Fin and Feather, Ashwood Nursery, Starbucks Ashland, Ashland Ace Hardware, Jersey Mike's, and ReFunkIt
Make sure to visit as many of these businesses are you can and tell all of your friends!
Thanks everyone!!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Thank you Town of Ashland!

I love driving through town during the month of August and being welcomed to town by the Bluemont in Ashland banner! It's been in the same location on Route 54 west just before Route 1 for the past eight summers and we appreciate it very much. Thanks Town of Ashland for supporting Bluemont so well! Make sure you check out the banner each week for details about the band playing... can't wait to see the Hula Honeys!

Saturday, July 20, 2013

so you may still be wondering about the new location...

I had the pleasure of spending the evening a few nights ago with my friends Jen and Ann at our new location, just in front of the Blackwell Auditorium on the campus of Randolph-Macon College.  We met there to check things out, specifically, the lighting, the sun, the lawn and the brick area just in front of the steps where the bands will play.  We were curious about the shade and wanted to figure out the new layout for the volunteer tables, community group tables, lanterns and how the seating might feel.  After spending about three hours there, the best way I can summarize all that we learned is: It's going to be wonderful!!  No doubt about it, we will miss being on the lawn at The Center as it has been our home for the past eight years and we are so thankful. However, our new location will be super great too- you'll see! Plenty of lawn for blankets and dancing (in your bare feet if you like!), plenty of brick space for your chairs (if you'd rather) and dancing too, beautiful large trees to provide lots of shade and drum roll please...indoor restrooms! (no more port-o-potties lurking behind trees!) So, as always, the concerts will be held outside unless the weather has other plans and if so, it's just a quick move right inside the auditorium. What could be easier?! If you're local and you have a chance, walk on by there and check it out! We think you'll like it too!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Our first concert of the summer: The Hula Honeys!

What a great way to start our ninth summer of concerts:
The Hula Honeys!  Come on over to Randolph-Macon's Blackwell Auditorium and sit in the grass or on the beautiful brick plaza and enjoy some music under the stars!

The Hula Honeys are known for performing the enchanting music of Hawaii’s territorial days, songs that take you back to Boat Days and Waikiki’s golden era. Blending vintage Hapa Haole songs with hip jazz classics, they create a swinging sweet sound all their own. Winners of the prestigious Na Hoku Hano Hano award 2010 for best Hawaiian Jazz album "Girl Talk."

The Hula Honeys have played at The Kennedy Millennium Center Stage, various Ukulele Festivals, and regularly perform in their hometown of Maui where they are also DJ Friday afternoons on Mana'o Radio.
For their Bluemont concerts, the Hula Honeys will be joined by bassist Ralph Gordon and multi-instrumentalist Marcy Marxer.
You can check out more about them as well as listen to a few songs on their website:

Thursday, July 11, 2013

so, you may be wondering...why the change in venue? Glad you asked!

Change is good, right? of course! This summer, our concert series will continue to be outside (as long as the weather behaves) but has moved just a few blocks away from our previous location of the Hanover Arts and Activities Center, to just in front of the Blackwell Auditorium on the grounds of  Randolph-Macon College.

We have been honored to share the lawn with The Center for the past eight years and have had many wonderful evenings under the stars. We are more than grateful to have been able to "borrow" the lawn on Sunday evenings and use the building to host our musicians, feed them and store equipment. Thank you Hanover Arts and Activities Center so much!

The decision to move locations has followed many discussions with Bluemont staff, The Center, the Town of Ashland and Randolph-Macon College and certainly was not an easy one.  By changing location, our concerts can be held on the front steps of the auditorium, eliminating the need for weekly set up and take down of the large tent and stage, port-o-potties (whew!) and will provide quick access to our rain location which happens to be the auditorium, just behind the steps. How easy is that?!

So, come on over to Blackwell Auditorium, on the campus of Randolph-Macon College and enjoy some music under the starts each Sunday evening in August. You'll still find some grass for your dancing toes and now a hard surface if you'd prefer to pop your chair there.
See you soon!