Chimney Rock Presents Music on the Mountain Aug. 12 & Sept. 16

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Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park’s Music on the Mountain 2012 concert series will feature some of Western North Carolina’s most talented bluegrass and string musicians on August 12 and September 16, 3:30-7:30 p.m. The family-friendly concerts will be held at the Pavilion, an intimate covered venue in the Meadows and limited to only 300 tickets per event. A portion of ticket sales will be donated to the Friends of Chimney Rock State Park. Event will be held rain or shine. Advance concert tickets for non-passholders are on sale now at Music City Asheville. All tickets are on sale at the Old Rock Café, Chimney Rock’s Ticket Plaza, by phone at (800) 277-9611 and online at chimneyrockpark.com.

“Music on the Mountain is an opportunity to enjoy great music with friends and family in a beautiful outdoor setting like Chimney Rock. We’re sticking to our roots in the Southern Appalachian Mountains by featuring some of the best local bluegrass musicians in WNC,” said Matt Popowski, PR & Events Manager at Chimney Rock.

Sunday, August 12, 3:30-7:30pm – Balsam Range, The Harris Brothers
Features headliner Balsam Range from Haywood County, IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nominees in 2010 & 2011, with special guests The Harris Brothers from Lenoir, N.C., and Ken Potter from Bat Cave, N.C.

Balsam Range (in photo)
Since bursting onto the scene, Balsam Range has made a definite mark in the bluegrass and acoustic music world. From deep in the Appalachians where the Great Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge comes Balsam Range, creatively blending bluegrass, folk, gospel and jazz into a new American acoustic music experience. Visitwww.balsamrange.com.
Sunday, Sept. 16, 3:30-7:30pm – Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Town Mountain
Features Asheville’s Town Mountain, 2011 Official Showcase Artists at IBMA, and Darin & Brooke Aldridge, the “Sweethearts of Bluegrass” from Cherryville, N.C. The Aldridge duo was nominated IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year and SPBGMA gospel group, album, song and female vocalist of the year.

Ticket Prices: Adults: $22 advance, $25 at gate; Youth (ages 6-15): $12 advance, $15 at gate. Both concerts (adults): $40. Non-passholder tickets include a complimentary one-day Park admission.

Annual Passholders: $12 advance, $15 at gate; $7 Grady’s Kids Club Members. Both concerts (adults): $20.

Complimentary Admission: Concert tickets are valid for Park admission on the concert date. Non-passholders can return any day this year and enjoy a complimentary one-day Park admission by showing their used concert ticket. One complimentary admission per ticket; expires December 31, 2012.

Sponsors: A big thanks goes to the sponsors who helped make the concert series possible: PepsiCo, Music City Asheville, Acoustic Corner andWNCW as a media sponsor.

Event parking on the Meadows will begin at 2 p.m. A limited number of chairs and benches will be provided in covered seating areas, so attendees are encouraged to bring camping chairs or blankets. No beer and alcohol are allowed inside the State Park, and no coolers will be allowed inside the concert area. Concessions, CDs and merchandise will be available for purchase.

Go early to check out Chimney Rock’s 75-mile panoramic views, five scenic trails, rock climbing and ancient geological features, such as Devil’s Head and the Opera Box. Featured in The Last of the Mohicans blockbuster, 404-foot Hickory Nut Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls of its kind east of the Mississippi River.

About Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park has been recognized as one of the Southeast’s most iconic and popular travel destinations for more than 100 years. The 535-million-year-old monolith called Chimney Rock offers guests 75-mile panoramic views of Lake Lure and Hickory Nut Gorge. In 2012 the Park is celebrating the 20-year anniversary of the release of The Last of the Mohicans, which was partially filmed at Chimney Rock. It’s located 30 minutes southeast of Asheville and 90 minutes west of Charlotte on Highway 64/74A in Chimney Rock, N.C. Call (800) 277-9611 or visit chimneyrockpark.com.

About Music City Asheville
Music City Asheville can help make you sound like the pros. They have quality instruments for all levels of musicians, including pro audio, guitars, drums, accessories and more. Their expert staff can provide you with all the answers to your musical questions. Music City also offers a complete repair service for all stringed instruments, amplifiers and pro audio. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (828) 253-8735 or visit www.musiccityasheville.com.

About Acoustic Corner
Located in historic Black Mountain, Acoustic Corner is a different kind of musical instrument shop, offering an array of unique acoustic instruments in a hands-on, relaxed, helpful atmosphere. Acoustic Corner features guitars, mandolins, basses, bouzoukis, banjos, violins, lap dulcimers and other instruments popular in Celtic, Old-Time, Bluegrass, Jazz, and other acoustic music styles. Most of their instruments are hand-made or manufactured by hand in small factories. Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. Call (828) 669-5162 or visit www.acoustic-corner.com.

About WNCW
WNCW’s mission is to advance the broadest educational goals of Isothermal Community College through the operation of a full service, professional public radio service that encourages its audience to pursue a quest for lifelong learning. WNCW offers an eclectic mix of Folk, Americana, Rock, Bluegrass, Reggae, and more. Some call it “roots” music but most just call it good music. The public radio station broadcasts on WNCW-FM Spindale NC 88.7, Greenville SC 97.3, Charlotte NC 100.3 & 99.1, Boone NC 92.9, Repeater Service to WSIF Wilkesboro NC 90.9, and streams live online at www.wncw.org.

About PepsiCo
PepsiCo offers the world’s largest portfolio of billion-dollar food and beverage brands, including 19 different product lines that generate more than $1 billion in annual retail sales each. Our main businesses – Quaker, Tropicana, Gatorade, Frito-Lay, and Pepsi Cola – also make hundreds of other enjoyable and wholesome foods and beverages that are respected household names throughout the world. With net revenues of approximately $60 billion, PepsiCo’s people are united by our unique commitment to sustainable growth by investing in a healthier future for people and our planet, which we believe also means a more successful future for PepsiCo. We call this commitment Performance with Purpose: PepsiCo’s promise to provide a wide range of foods and beverages for local tastes; to find innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment, including by conserving energy and water usage, and reducing packaging volume; to provide a great workplace for our associates; and to respect, support, and invest in the local communities where we operate. Visit www.pepsico.com.

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