The Fourth of July falls on a Thursday this year and although a lot of patriotic activities will occur on the following weekend, Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music offers a chance to celebrate the defining moment of our nation’s birth on the actual date.
For the 20th straight year, JSMHM is presenting its annual Blue Grass and Brass 4th of July Concert featuring the Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys and The King Street Brass Band. This event is a favorite for JSMHM fans and will be held at the Blowing Rock School Auditorium at 7 p.m. The show runs straight through until 8:30 p.m. without an intermission, so that folks can still make the local fireworks displays.
A mainstay at JSMHM for years, The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys, features two-time national bluegrass banjo champion Steve Lewis, with Scott Freeman on mandolin and Josh Scott on bass. The twice-national studio musician of the year, David Johnson, is the front man for Bluegrass Boys. Folks who know Johnson can attest to his being one of the most entertaining emcees anywhere. He is a man with the gift of gab, who seems to have kissed the Blarney Stone. Trombone player Harold McKinney, a retired ASU faculty member from the Hayes School of Music, directs the King Street Brass Band.
When asked how the concept of combining a brass band with a blue grass group came about, McKinney stated, “One evening a number of years ago, Joe Shannon took his father, who was suffering from dementia, to a patriotic concert. As far as he could tell, his father didn’t really understand much about where he was until ‘Anchors Away’ was played. His dad, who had severed in the Navy, brightened up, stood and saluted. That was it — Joe was going to have a patriotic program in the high country — Blue Grass and Brass.”
Tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. Student tickets are $5. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. Advance tickets may be purchased online or at Stick Boy Bread Company (345 Hardin St, Boone), and Footsloggers on Main Street in downtown Blowing Rock.The Blowing Rock School Auditorium is located at 130 Sunset Drive, Blowing Rock, NC.Directions and more info can be found at the www.mountainhomemusic.org/.