Rock bottom blue grass

The Rock Bottom Bluegrass Band is scheduled to play West Jefferson’s Backstreet Park on Aug. 6.]

Join the West Jefferson Community Partnership as the Summer Concert Series continues with the music of Ashe County’s Rock Bottom Bluegrass Band Friday, Aug 6, 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., in the Backstreet Park. The 2021 Summer Concert Series is in its 10th year of providing music from several genres, sharing a little something for everyone. All concerts are free and open to the public. In the event of rain, concerts will be held at the Farmers Market.

When Rock Bottom performs, listeners get to hear the best of mountain music that includes their unique blend of traditional, progressive, and gospel bluegrass. Rock Bottom has created their own unique and very recognizable sound, combining well-known tunes with their own original music and tight harmonies.

Band members are from the Buffalo and Lansing areas of Ashe County, and their enthusiastic fan base provides additional energy to the boys’ music. Band members are Dale Roten, banjo and vocals; John Roten, mandolin and vocals; Butch Barker, guitar and vocals; Loyd Richardson, bass and vocals; and Mack Powers on resonator guitar, throwing in a bass line or two.

The Blue Ridge Brutal is the individual sponsor for the Rock Bottom Bluegrass Band’s concert August 6 with sound provided by the Christmas in July Festival. WJCP is an organization made up of businesses, non-profits, and individuals interested in promoting the town of West Jefferson. It meets at the Chamber’s Venue the fourth Friday of every month at 8:30 a.m.

People interested in getting involved in the town are invited to attend. Participating organizations include Ashe County Arts Council, Ashe County Chamber of Commerce, Ashe County Government, Ashe County Public Library, Friends of the Library, Christmas in July Festival, Farmer’s Market, Florence Thomas Art School, Imagination Ashe, Keep Ashe Beautiful, Lions Club, Museum of Ashe County History, Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, The Tavern, Town of West Jefferson, West Jefferson Business Association, and West Jefferson Tourism Development Authority. The West Jefferson Community Partnership is committed to protecting our resources and to preserving and enriching the spirit, cultural, community, and family life of our town.

Enjoy a Backstreet Park concert every Friday in July and August. For a complete calendar of events taking place in West Jefferson, visit

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