The Sons of Bluegrass will showcase the musical history of Bill Monroe and The Bluegrass Boys in concert at 7 p.m., Friday, June 14, at the Blue Ridge Music Center, Milepost 213 on the Blue Ridge Parkway near Galax, Virginia. The concert is presented by The Crooked Road as part of the Mountains of Music Homecoming, a nine-day event celebrating the music and culture of Southwest Virginia. The concert will be held in the outdoor amphitheater at the base of Fisher Peak, and there will be several pre-concert activities in the indoor theater beginning at 5 p.m.
The event will honor Bill Monroe, a legendary mandolinist, singer and songwriter. He was nicknamed “the Father of Bluegrass” for his pioneering role in the development of the bluegrass style and repertoire. Monroe began his musical career in the 1930s, playing alongside his brother Charlie in the Monroe Brothers. He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1970. He was also selected to receive the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1993 and the National Medal of Arts in 1995.
Pre-concert activities include a presentation on Monroe by guitarist Tom Ewing based on his book “Bill Monroe: The Life and Music of the Blue Grass Man” at 5 p.m. in the Music Center’s auditorium. At 5:30 p.m., the artists will gather in the auditorium to share stories about Monroe.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. For more information, go to blueridgemusiccenter.org.