Valle Crucis Community Park, a gorgeous 28-acre recreational haven situated in the High Country, will host its 17th annual music series Music in the Valle, which showcases some of the best musicians Western North Carolina has to offer, every Friday evening throughout the summer.
“The series has come a long way over the years,” Valle Crucis Community Park’s executive director Ashley Gallaher said. “It started out under the Cooper Pavilion with just a band or one guy with a guitar who people would come out with lawn chairs to watch. Now it’s been turned into a large-scale event with a true stage and dedicated sound guys.”
The different kinds of music played at the series has also grown over the years. It started out heavy on regional favorites such as bluegrass and oldtime but now features a wider variety, from reggae to jazz.
“There’s going to be a really diverse mix here, not just with the musicians but with the concertgoers, too,” Gallaher said. “Many music events around here consist of going to a bar to hear artists play, and a lot of our summer concert crowd is not a part of the bar crowd. These bands will be reaching groups like bigger families or older folks in one space, which I think is what helps make this series something special.”
Although admission to the concerts are free, a donation to the park is recommended in order to preserve its mission to keep the series as running the same way it has for nearly two decades.
“We would not be able to do this without the folks who make contributions, whether that’s on a monthly recurring basis or just few bucks in the bucket at every show,” Gallaher said. “It’s almost like an honor system, and it keeps us from charging admission or charging to park cars.”
Local sponsors are also integral to making the series run smoothly. 2019’s sponsors include Wren’s Nest Landscape Design and Garden Center, Beech Mountain Resort, High Country Toast, Over Yonder Blood Sweat and Gears, SmileOn ADG, Mast General Store, Foscoe Fishing Company, High Country Vacation Homes, MountainTrue, Watauga Riverkeeper, Keller Williams High Country Realty, Rivercross Market, High Cross Church, Valle Crucis Conference Center, Two Rivers Community School, The Gamekeeper, MountainBound Fly Guides, Motorcycle Medic, Peabody’s Wine and Merchants and Bob and Julie Gates.
The series will run from May 24 through Sept. 6, with concerts beginning at 7 p.m. from May 25 to Aug. 10 and at 6:30 p.m. from Aug. 17 to Sept. 6.
Seating is not provided, so attendees are advised to bring chairs or a blanket.
A wide array of food, on the other hand, will be available for purchase at all concerts, and will come courtesy of food trucks featuring meals provided by various local restaurants.
Valle Crucis Community Park is a nonprofit organization and located behind the Mast General Store. For more information, call (828) 963-9239 or click to https://vallecrucispark.org.