Bluegrass on the Rim returns to Canyon Center

Bluegrass on the Rim is a great family-friendly event with a venue with ample space for kids to play. 

Jacksonville State University and the Little River Canyon Center are hosting the 6th annual Bluegrass on the Rim concert on June 8 at the Little River Canyon Center.

Pete Conroy, director of the Little River Canyon Center, said this is an old fashion Bluegrass concert with multiple acts for the whole family.

“The talent line up this year is terrific,” said Conroy.

Event gates will open at 5 p.m., and the music line up will begin at 6 p.m.

Evening entertainment features a variety of accomplished southeastern Bluegrass artists like Barefoot Nellie and Co., Foggy Hollow, Bent Creek and Valley Road.

Conroy said Foggy Hollow and Bent Creek are acts they are bringing back from previous shows. However, this year they are featuring Barefoot Nellie and Co. This will be their first year at Bluegrass on the Rim.

Canyon Center Coordinator for Sales and Services Anna Lindsey said they are expecting the largest turnout yet and to buy your tickets early. 

Ticket prices are as follow, advance tickets $15 and tickets purchased the day of the show will be $20. Student tickets are $8 with a valid student I.D. and children 10 and under, accompanied by an adult are free. 

Along with some incredible musical entertainment, there will also be food available for purchase throughout the evening. 

“There will be some of the South’s best BBQ and Italian Ice available for purchase, so come hungry,” said Lindsey. 

According to Conroy, they will have Ol’ Tymers BBQ and there with meal size plates available for purchase. He said Ol’ Tymers will also have sodas and waters. 

Conroy said he emphasizes this is a great family-friendly event with a venue with ample space for kids to play. Parachutes will be out where kids can play with them, as well as frisbees and balls.  

“It’s a fun evening, and these are really great professional musicians that know their stuff. 

"We like to think we have the very best talents the area has to offer,” said Conroy. 

Barefoot Nellie and Co. is a Bluegrass band based out of Chattanooga, TN. The group was founded in 2007 by Eric and August Bruce and released their debut South Rive CD in 2010. The band has been featured on PBS TV series “Song of the Mountains. They have won recognition and distinctions at Uncle Dave Macon Days in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and Bluegrass on the Plains in Auburn, AL. 

Also featured in the 2019 line up is Bent Creek from the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in Northeast Alabama from the communities of Spring Garden, Rockrun Station, Nance Creek, and Hayden, AL and now Chattanooga, TN. 

According to the Bent Creek website, the band loves to play and sing for people and respect the Bluegrass music and its elders.

“We have the best fans in the world and would like to thank them for their support. Hope to see you at Bluegrass on the Rim,” Bent Creek said. 

Foggy Hollow Bluegrass band will also be performing that evening, bringing a unique blend of musicians from several genres. The band members all hail from and reside in the foothill area of the Appalachians and are comprised of a vast mixture of musical backgrounds. 

Also joining the various musical talents set to perform at this year’s Bluegrass on the Rim is Valley Road who set out with one goal in mind, to have a great time picking good Bluegrass music. 

“From big-time festivals to small country churches, we’ve tried to maintain that idea in everything we do. In doing so, we hope to provide the best entertainment we can while keeping Christian family values at the forefront,” said Valley Road. 

Conroy said they are glad to have musicians Glen Williams and Carl Brady back as the event’s MCs. 

“We all hope folks will come out and enjoy this evening of Bluegrass, all under the stars at the Canyon Center outdoor amphitheater,” Conroy said. 

According to Conroy, guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs, blankets to sit. Pets are also welcome on leashes. 

The Canyon Center Concert Series is designed to help fund environmental education at LRCC and is supported by Jacksonville State University. 

“We invite everyone to come out and get a strong taste of Bluegrass,” Conroy said. 

Proceeds from this event benefit environmental education. 

To purchase tickets, visit www.canyonconcerts.com. For additional information call 256-845-3548. 

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