Band Line Up

This line up is for the 2018 Roots Music Fest located at The Reeves Theater

5:00 pm - Outdoors, before the festival begins at the Reeves, come here our favorite blues singer, Big Ron Hunter play on Main Street during the Downtown Block Party which is scheduled prior to this event. 

6:00 pm  -  OPENING ACT  -  Presley Barker and ShadowGrass  

7:00 pm  -  FEATURE BANDS  -  Kelley and the Cowboys

8:30 pm   -  The Harris Brothers

Food and Beverages, Beer & Wine are Available

Big Ron Hunter @ 5:00 pm

Big Ron Hunter, a native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, learned guitar from his father when he was a young boy; he also received tutelage from the late Guitar Gabriel. Virtually unknown outside his circle of family, friends and acquaintances, Hunter would seem to be representative of the prototypical blues (or folk) “discovery”- a workingman who has spent most of his life playing and singing primarily for his own satisfaction.

Hunter plays and sings his own songs, combining a bluesy, yet sweet and melodic voice with his original brand of uplifting, hard-banging, acoustic blues.

Presley Barker & ShadowGrass  @  6:00 pm 

Presley Barker: Guitar, Vocals

Kyser George: Bass, Vocals

Clay Russell: Banjo

Luke Morris: Mandolin

ShadowGrass is a group of young musicians from Western North Carolina and Southwestern Virginia who crossed paths at local fiddller’s conventions in the summer of 2014. They began a musical journey that has led them to play and compete together.

Although they have their own style, ShadowGrass is honored to be playing in the shadow of great bluegrass legends. Holding to their bluegrass roots, fast picking, and fresh arrangements have earned the band numerous awards in youth and adult competitions across the region. In 2016 they placed 5th in the adult bluegrass band category at the Galax Fiddler’s Convention. ShadowGrass has had the privilege of playing at exciting venues, including Heartwood and The Crooked Road,The Blue Ridge Music Center, The Lincoln Theatre, The Historic Earle Theatre, and at festivals such as the National Folk Festival, MerleFest, HoustonFest, the Richmond Folk Festival, SPGBMA, and IBMA. They were honored to be chosen as a featured youth band for the IBMA World of Bluegrass Festival in 2016.

Their foot-tapping music and charming personalities continue to draw a crowd and gain encouraging fans with each new place they visit. ShadowGrass is looking forward to contributing to the heritage of bluegrass music for years to come.  ShadowGrass is striving to be the next torchbearers to carry on bluegrass music to future generations and has been called “one of the most thrilling bluegrass bands to emerge from the musically-rich Crooked Road area in recent memory” ShadowGrass has also appeared on the Today Show with Al Roker during the 2016 IBMA World of Bluegrass Week in Raleigh. Presley and Kyser have also appeared on Little Big Shots on NBC.

Kelley and the Cowboys  @ 7:00 pm

Kelley Breiding:  Band Leader, Vocalist, Rhythm Guitar

Jimmy Tremor:  Lead Guitar

Colby Jack:  Bass

Steve-O Price:  Drums

Kelley and The Cowboys are a 4 piece band from NC, led by female vocalist Kelley Breiding. The band puts their signature sound on the old standards as well as original music, in a style influenced by early forms of western swing, rockabilly, country, and blues. Kelley and The Cowboys always excite the crowd with their high energy and amazing musicianship no matter what the musical tastes or age of the listeners may be.

The Harris Brothers  @   8:30 pm

Ryan Harris:  Vocals, Bass

Reggie Harris:  Vocals, Guitar, Suitcase Drum and Banjo

The Harris Brothers' infinite live repertoire consists of any number of genres including traditional roots music, rock & roll, jazz, blues, Appalachian mountain music, to vintage country and bluegrass. A typical live show effortlessly shifts from original tunes to their own arrangements of songs from all sides of the Americana musical spectrum. The band is from Western North Carolina. 

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