The Elkin Valley Fiddlers (EVF) continued its six-year effort to preserve the rich musical heritage of the Yadkin Valley with the Elkin Roots Music Fest Friday.
“Despite the dismal weather, we had a great turnout and raised a good amount of money for the Elkin Valley Fiddlers,” said Foothills Arts Council Director Dan Butner. The EVF is an associate member of the Foothills Arts Council.
An estimated 200 people visited downtown Elkin to hear local favorites The Harris Brothers spin tales over their strings as they generously shared the stage with the harmonica playing Dr. Bill Blackley and young Presley Barker, who had previously taken the stage with Shadowgrass.
Also delighting the crowd was Kelley and The Cowboys with a style reminiscent of Patsy Cline. Particularly pleasing to a laughing audience was not only Kelley Breiding’s full-bodied yodeling, but her instance that only one such tune was enough for any show.
Previous to the show on the stage of the Reeves Theater was a performance by Big Ron Hunter thanks to the storefront at Diana’s Books and More where the heat was beat by Skull Camp Brewery enhanced by tasty treats from BJ’s Fries food truck.
Sponsored by the town of Elkin, Explore Elkin, the Foothills Arts Council, AllStar Rentals, Bridge Street Pharmacy, Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital and G&B Energy, the Elkin Roots Festival was made possible by generous donations of individuals.
Expressing gratitude to Barry Carlton, Fred Eidson, Bill and Linda Griffin, Perry and Carol Jernigan, Mike and Mary Keller, Brent and Jennifer Kleinheksel, Darrell and Lori Rice, Wells and Susan Stewart Jr., Ron and Phyllis Storey, and Dr. and Mrs. James Walter, Butner was pleased with the evening.
“We want to thank the Reeves Theater for letting us use their beautiful facility and their fantastic staff for making sure all the musicians sounded their best,” said Butner.
“We hope folks visiting Elkin for the first time left with a good impression and will return soon to check out all our town and area has to offer them.”
Beanie Taylor can be reached at 336-258-4058 or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TBeanieTaylor.