Augusta Concert Series

Augusta Concert Series

The Augusta Heritage Center has a proud history of producing high-quality concerts featuring our visiting instructors all on one stage.  We hope you will join us.

Summer Concerts

Join us for concerts each Tuesday and Thursday during our summer programming.  Doors/gates open at 7:00 p.m. and the concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

Augusta Concert Live Stream:  For our friends far-and-wide, we will live stream our concerts for the  summer 2019  season. Click below for the full video stream which goes live every Tuesday  at 7:30 pm. The stream is only available at Tuesday concert times and is not available during October Old-Time Week.  For previous Augusta concert videos, please visit the Augusta YouTube Channel.

School Year Concerts

October 15, 2019: October Old-Time Week Concert featuring Augusta Heritage Center instructors and the Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble

7:00 pm
D&E Campus, Harper McNeely Auditorium
$12 / $10 students

Featured October Old-Time Week instructors include Dave Bing, Rachel Eddy, Annie Stroud, Ben Townsend, Hunter Walker, Bob Shank, Chris Dean, Rory Mullennex, Ron Mullennex and Mack Samples. The Davis & Elkins College Appalachian Ensemble is a student performance group. The students study and present traditional Appalachian music and dance styles as well as some of the roots and branches of those traditions.

October 19, 2019: Augusta Heritage Center W.Va. Old-Time Fiddlers’ Reunion and Instrument Makers Gathering

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
D&E Campus, Madden Student Center
Free

The Fiddler’s Reunion is a gathering of fiddlers from around the state. Each fiddler will perform a 20-minute set of tunes, with 20 fiddlers featured throughout the day. The West Virginia Instrument Makers’ Gathering is a brand-new event, envisioned by Gerry Milnes, to bring together traditional instrument makers from around the state, who will present their work. The Instrument Makers Gathering is supported by a grant from the West Virginia Humanities Council.

October 19, 2019: Student Appalachian String Band Summit Concert
7:30pm
D&E Campus, Robbins Memorial Chapel

This concert will feature students from Davis & Elkins College, West Virginia University and Warren Wilson College performing old-time string band music. This event will be the culmination of a two-day gathering of students aimed at building connections between this cohort of young musicians with a deep interest in old-time music.

January 29, 2020: Aurelio Martinez & the T-Mart Rounders
7:30 p.m.
D&E Campus, Robbins Memorial Chapel

About Aurelio: Singer-songwriter, guitarist and percussionist, Aurelio Martinez aka AURELIO (born 1969), is one of Central America’s most gifted performers. Born in Honduras, the artist is known for his powerful and evocative voice. He is a major tradition-bearer of the Garifuna culture and music and he is considered nowadays as the Cultural Ambassador of the Garifuna nation.

The Garinagu, commonly known as the Garifuna are people of Amerindian and West African descents who live along the coasts of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The original home of the Garifuna is St. Vincent (one of the windward islands in the West Indies) from which they were deported in 1796 by the British government and landed on Roatan island, situated in the Bay Islands of Honduras.

About the T-Mart Rounders: Jesse Milnes, Kevin Chesser and Becky Hill were brought together by their mutual love for the old-time music and dance traditions of West Virginia and the greater Appalachian region. The three started playing together in 2012 in Elkins, WV, at social gatherings and square dances, and their friendship has evolved into the T-Mart Rounders. The trio consists of clawhammer banjo, fiddle, guitar, voice, and foot percussion, re-envisioning Appalachian clogging and flatfooting as its own instrument within the band. Their arrangements of traditional old-time tunes use percussive dance as the primary rhythmic accompaniment, akin to a drum-set. All three collaborators have spent significant time in West Virginia learning from and interviewing master elder musicians and dancers. The goal of the project is to celebrate the traditions of Appalachian music and dance, while simultaneously pushing the boundaries of those traditions. The T-Mart Rounders released a full-length album in 2017 and are excited to be performing at Nelsonville this summer.

This engagement of Aurelio Martinez is made possible through the Folk and Traditional Arts Touring Network program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation in collaboration with the National Council for Traditional Arts with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Tickets

General Admission for Tuesday / Thursday Summer concerts:  $12, $6 for students,  and free to the D&E Community with advance purchase.

Tickets may be purchased by calling 304-637-1209, online at www.augustaheritagecenter.org, or at the D&E Box Office in the Myles Center for the Arts on the night of the show.

Questions

Email augustaheritagecenter@dewv.edu with questions or call (304) 637-1209. To order tickets, click the links below.

Augusta Festival Concert / Mountain Stage with Larry Groce

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