Free Music Concert with Sassafras Bluegrass Band and Country Fixin' Night
Venue: Edwards Hall (New River Community College), Dublin
Organizations: New River Community College Concert Series, Sassafras Bluegrass Band
Date: Saturday, April 13, 2024
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 PM
Event Types: Music, Food
Admission: Free
Country Fixin' Plate: $8.00

New River Community College's Concert Series presents a Free Music Concert with the Sassafras Bluegrass Band and Country Fixin' Night on Saturday, April 13, 2024 inside 117 Edwards Hall located on the New River Community College campus in Dublin, VA.

The Sassafras Bluegrass Band will be playing two sets. This is the final free concert of the 2023/2024 school year.

Sassafras is based in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. Sassafras is a bluegrass band who pays homage to the Bill Monroe and Flatt & Scruggs era, but also enjoys pushing the edge of progressive Newgrass music as well. Their repertoire includes a range of musical styles including ole-time, country, folk, western swing and originals. Members are Chris Bryant, Wes Tuttle, Randy Gambill and Billy Gee.

Sassafras has shared the stage and/or studio with a wide range of prominent bluegrass and Americana artist including: Doc Watson, Jack Lawrence, Charlie Waller, John Cowan, Jim Lauderdale, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas , Allison Krauss, Tim O'Brien, Mark O'Connor, Laurie Lewis, Arthur Smith, Josh Graves, Kenny Baker, Benny Martin, Mac Wiseman, Tut Taylor, Russell Moore, Ronnie Bowman, Doug Jernigan, Jim Buchanan, Steve Dilling, Kim Gardner, Wayne Henderson, Steve Lewis, Tony Furtado, Leon Hunt, Richard Collins, Kruger Brothers, Roy Huskey Jr., and others.


This event will also feature a "Country Fixin’ Night" while supplies last with the meal being sold for $8.00. The Country Fixin' meal will include fried okra, pinto beans, collard greens, cornbread, brownie and a drink.

Admission is free though donations will be accepted to help with travel expenses for the musicians.

All are welcome.

New River Community College is located in a region rich in music that has been passed down through generations. Traditional music is as much source of pride for many area residents as it is a family legacy. Talented musicians - both instrumentally and vocally, crafters of musical instruments and those with a deep appreciation of the music gather monthly at the college for its jamborees.

Held since 1991 on the second Saturday of each month between October and April, the free music events have become a gathering of like-minded people who are interested in enjoying, preserving and perpetuating the great old-time and bluegrass music of their ancestors.

Twice a year, the club hosts paid concerts that bring bluegrass and country greats like Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson, Dailey and Vincent, Gene Watson and Marty Stuart to the college. Many of these performers have made multiple appearances and drawn record-breaking crowds.

Ralph Stanley, Olen Gardner, Big Country Bluegrass, John Viers, Whitetop Mountain, The Adam Larkey Band and many others have also performed here and entertained thousands of local music fans.

Note: The club was originally named the New River Community College Fiddle, Banjo & Dance Club, but was changed to better reflect what the club brings to the community and include concerts outside the bluegrass and old time genres.


Doors open at 5:00 PM and the music starts at 6:00 PM.

The Concert Series events are held the second Saturday of each month, October through April at New River Community College, a Crooked Road affiliated venue.

New River Community College's Dublin, VA campus is located at 5251 College Drive in Dublin, VA.

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