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Wilkesboro, NC – February 28, 2017 ––This September, the third annual Carolina In The Fall™ Music and Food Festival presented by Wilkes Communications, Inc. continues its’ tradition of celebrating the heritage of western North Carolina through music, food and beverage. On September 22nd and 23rd, 2017, over 100 musicians, chefs, vintners and craft beer brewers from the region will gather on Main Street in Wilkesboro, NC to engage audiences with the best of their craft. Wilkes County’s own The Kruger Brothers will be the Festival hosts again and welcome some of North Carolina’s best Folk/ Roots music bands. They will be joined by bands from other regions that tip their hats to the rich musical history of Wilkes, the Heart of American Folk Music™. This year’s line-up includes The Kruger Brothers, The Kontras Quartet , The Black Lillies, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Snyder Family Band, Lindsay Lou and the Flatbellys and many others. The Kruger Brothers Originally from Switzerland, brothers Uwe and Jens Kruger began playing North American folk music at an early age and were particularly inspired by recordings of Doc Watson, Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and other progenitors of country, bluegrass and folk music. Their first public performances were as a duo, busking on the streets of cities throughout eastern and Western Europe. After gaining a recording contract as well as a radio show on SRG SSR, the Swiss public broadcaster, they teamed up with bass player Joel Landsberg, inaugurating a trio that has been playing…
Wilkesboro, NC – September 19, 2016 ––The second annual Carolina In The Fall Music and Food Festival presented by Wilkes Communications, Inc. is this Friday and Saturday, September 23rd and 24th. The Festival continues its’ tradition of celebrating the heritage of western North Carolina through music, food and beverage. Over 100 musicians, chefs, vintners and craft beer brewers from the region will gather on Main Street in Wilkesboro, NC to engage audiences with the best of their craft. “We have a big change from last year, the Festival grounds are open to the public with no admission charge. Folks can enjoy the Food trucks and shop at the Vendor mall without having to purchase a wristband”, said Dale Isom, Festival Organizer. “Those wishing to take in the music will have to purchase a wristband to enter the music venues.” Wilkes County’s own The Kruger Brothers will be the Festival hosts again and welcome some of North Carolina’s best Folk/ Roots music bands. They will be joined by some of our nation’s best bands from other regions that tip their hats to the rich musical history of Wilkes, the Heart of American Folk Music™. This year’s line-up includes The Kruger Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Steel Wheels, The Symphony of the Mountains, Flatt Lonesome, Humming House, Nora Jane Struthers and the Party Line, The Snyder Family Band and many others. Each evening during the festival, the Kruger Brothers will host the Carolina Jam at the Yadkin Valley Event Center at the…
Wilkesboro, NC – September 1, 2016 ––Carolina In The Fall™ Music and Food Festival presented by Wilkes Communications, Inc. received one of five nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for 2015 Event of the Year Momentum Award. “We certainly never expected to receive a nomination and are honored to be considered alongside some of the nation’s best festivals”, said Dale Isom, Festival Organizer. “This will inspire us to work even harder to make Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival an event that all of Wilkes can be very proud of.” The IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages worldwide appreciation of bluegrass music of yesterday, today and tomorrow. The IBMA Awards Ceremony Show will take place on September 29, 2016 in Raleigh, NC. The IBMA Event of the Year Award recognizes events (festivals, concerts, other live performance productions) for their outstanding accomplishment and service to bluegrass music in the field of event production. The event must have taken place during the current IBMA Award eligibility period. The recipients will be judged by the committee for their overall contributions to the field of event production, professionalism and quality of presentation, work furthering bluegrass in their area of service and demonstrated ability to foster bluegrass music's image. In its’ second year, Carolina in the Fall continues its’ tradition of celebrating the heritage of western North Carolina through music, food and beverage. This year’s festival will be held on…
Carolina in the Fall™ Music and Food Festival presented by Wilkes Communications, Inc. announced their list of Festival Partners/ Sponsors for this year festival. “We are very thankful to have so many local and national companies that share our vision of celebrating everything western North Carolina has to offer”, said Dale Isom, Festival Organizer. “Bringing folks from all over the U.S. and many parts of the world to Wilkes County is a wonderful opportunity to share our culture, our music and our food.” The Presenting Partner for the festival is once again Wilkes Communications, Inc. and River Street Productions. “This is home”, said Eric Cramer, CEO of Wilkes Communications, “we love Wilkes County and want to be a part of Carolina in the Fall. We strive to improve the quality of life of our region of the state for everyone.” Platinum Stage Partners for this year’s festival include the Wilkesboro Tourism Development, Carolina West Wireless and Window World Inc. Gold Event Sponsors are the Town of Wilkesboro, Hampton Inn of Wilkesboro, Holiday Inn Express of Wilkesboro, Deering Banjos, Heart of Folk, LLC, Bob Kogut Violins and visitwilkesboronc.com. Silver Level Partners are WNCW88.7 and Deering Banjos. Bronze Level Partners are LP Building Products, Venture Properties, Interflex Group, Farm Alarm, Horton Design, Addison Inn, Rick’s Electrical Service, Tyson Foods and Bluegrass Today. Carolina in the Fall™ is celebrating its’ second year of festivities in Downtown Wilkesboro on September 23rd and 24th. Artists scheduled to perform are the Kruger Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters,…
Carolina in the Fall Music and Food Festival presented by Wilkes Communications will host Contra Dances both days of the street festival in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. The Kruger Brothers will be joined by Bob Kogut on the fiddle and by Roberta Kogut, who will be the caller. Roberta will provide all of the basic instruction needed for the dance. No partner is needed and no experience is required. Roberta likes to say, “If you can walk, you can Contra Dance!”. Contra dance refers to a folk dance that is similar to square dance, except instead of squares, the couples dance in a line. This type dance has its’ roots in Appalachia and is often referred to as Appalachian Folk Dance. The typical music for contra dancing is Irish, Scottish, old-time and French-Canadian tunes. The dance is led by a caller who teaches the sequence of figures in the dance before the music starts. The dance consists of 6-12 figures which are repeated as the couple progresses up and down the line. Additionally, Clogging classes will be held after the Clogging performance by the High Country Cloggers. Clogging is a type of folk dance in which the dancer's footwear is used percussively by striking the heel, the toe, or both against a floor or each other to create audible rhythms, usually to the downbeat with the heel keeping the rhythm. Clogging is the State Dance of North Carolina and was the social dance in the Appalachian Mountains as far back as…
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