Johnny Ellis and Tom Sparks will perform together at The Orchard at Altapass on July 25

Johnny Ellis (left) and Tom Sparks (right) will perform at The Orchard at Altapass’ Thursday heritage series at 6 p.m. on July 25. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The Orchard at Altapass continues its lineup of live traditional music from Thursday, July 18, through Sunday, July 21. The stage will reverberate with classic and not-so-classic country rhythms, and it’s all free.

Music will begin at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday with Tom Sparks. A long-time friend of the Orchard, Sparks will be joined on stage with a few of his own friends. Then at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, July 19, Jack Vaughn returns with his great traditional renditions.

On Saturday, July 20, Town & Country will perform at 1 p.m. with their own take on bluegrass. Then at 3 p.m., Bearwallow is on stage. From Morganton, the band offers a distinctive blend of progressive bluegrass, old-time folk and classic country. A free clogging demonstration takes place between the two performances at 2:30 p.m.

On Sunday, July 21, The Cockman Family will perform in the red barn from 1 to 4:30 p.m. The Cockman Family members, from wee ages to adult, offer up performances that musically demonstrate their diversity — unique bluegrass gospel style, original songs and arrangements of the old gospel songs.

The Orchard’s Thursday heritage series will continue at 6 p.m. on July 25 with Tom Sparks and Johnny Ellis. Their performance will encompass both classic country and country pop. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The Orchard continues its mission to preserve the land and culture of the Blue Ridge region by presenting the best of its music. All afternoon performances are free, and all are welcome. Dancing is encouraged. The Orchard also encourages individuals to perform in its open mic/music jam each Wednesday at 1:45 p.m.

The Orchard at Altapass is located at 1025 Orchard Road near Spruce Pine and is a not-for-profit working orchard, music and educational venue. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. Family and pet friendly. Wheelchair accessible. Buses welcome. For information please visit www.altapassorchard.org, or call (828) 765-9531.

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