American Roots Music Concert Series

Roots.Music.thumbnail.logo-01The Frontier Culture Museum is expanding its successful American roots music concert series to eight events in 2016 featuring traditional Appalachian, bluegrass, blues, gospel, and old-time music.

The event series celebrates the influence of these musical roots genres on American frontier culture. The event provides a casual environment, and features dinner theater seating with food & beverage vendors under the Lee S. Cochran Pavilion.

Bring the entire family!

  • THE MUSIC:  8 Great Concerts for 2016
    • July 10 – Whitetop Mountain Band  (completed)
    • July 17 – Bud’s Collective  (completed)
    • July 24 – Shenandoah Valley Minstrels  (completed)
    • July 31 – Commonwealth Bluegrass Band
    • Aug 07 – Amber Collins & Branch House Pavilion
    • Aug 14 – East of Monroe
    • Aug 21 – Banana Express
    • Aug 28 – Page County Ramblers
  • WHEN:  Sunday evenings throughout the summer.  5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • WHERE:  Lee S. Cochran Pavilion at the Frontier Culture Museum
  • TICKETS:  Click Here For Tickets
    • Annual Pass Holders: FREE  
    • Adults:  $12.00 
    • Kids (6-12): $7.00 
    • Kids (under 6) $0.00 (yes free)
    • All tickets also provide access to the Museum for the entire day.
  • IMPORTANT NOTES:
    • Rain or shine – Everything will be under the pavilion so weather won’t affect the event!
    • Seating for each concert is limited to 350 people.
    • Annual Pass Holders:  Call the Welcome Center today to reserve your FREE concert tickets today BEFORE concerts are sold out!
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More About The Bands

Whitetop Mountain Band

Whitetop Mountain Band

July 10 – Whitetop Mountain Band

The Whitetop Mountain Band is a family-based band from the highest mountains of Virginia. Whitetop, Virginia is an area rich in the old time music tradition; this band has deep roots in mountain music. The members have done much to preserve the Whitetop region’s style of old time fiddling and banjo picking and are legendary musicians and teachers of the style.

Whitetop Mountain Band – Keep My Skillet Good & Greasy


Bud's Collective

Bud’s Collective

July 17 – Bud’s Collective

Bud’s Collective is a powerful group of pickers from the hills of West Virginia. While their music reflects roots firmly planted in Bluegrass tradition, they are not afraid to venture off the well beaten path and play songs by Bill Withers, Tom Petty, Alabama, Django Rhinehart, Johnny Cash and many more. The group also features a long list of original material written by band leader and guitar player, Buddy Dunlap.

Bud’s Collective – Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town


Shenandoah Valley Minstrels

Shenandoah Valley Minstrels

July 24 – Shenandoah Valley Minstrels

The Shenandoah Valley Minstrels were formed in the Fall of 2009 to provide music for the Civil War Ball in Luray Caverns. Since that day, the group has immersed itself in the music from the Civil War era, performing at additional Balls in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland, historical celebration and memorial days, civil war re-enactments and encampments, and even in a few parades!

Shenandoah Valley Minstrels – 


Commonwealth Bluegrass Band

Commonwealth Bluegrass Band

July 31 – Commonwealth Bluegrass Band

After playing together for many years and recording two CD’s with the band James Bailey & Company, Randy Cook (Mandolin), and Malcolm Pulley (Banjo), have teamed up with bass player Joey Damiano, fiddle player Wally Hughes, and guitarist Jay Kaczor, to form the Commonwealth Bluegrass Band. The band plays traditional and modern bluegrass and is known for their close harmonies and high lonesome sound.

Commonwealth Bluegrass Band – I Wanted To Say


Amber Collins & Branch House Pavilion

Amber Collins & Branch House Pavilion

Aug 07 – Amber Collins & Branch House Pavilion

In May of 2014, Amber Collins along with Floyd, VA area musicians Abe Goorskey (mandolin) and Scott Patrick (guitar), decided to put together a trio to be able to play a wider variety of music in a smaller band format. The result is an opportunity for folks to hear a lot more originals along with their favorite country, gospel, folk, Americana, bluegrass, and acoustic rock songs.

Amber Collins & Branch House Pavilion – A Dozen Reasons

Amber Collins & Branch House Pavilion – These Moments


Aug 14 – East of Monroe

East of Monroe

East of Monroe

East of Monroe’s music explores swing, country, folk, pop, jazz, and bluegrass within tasteful arrangements of contemporary and traditional songs as well as original compositions. Deep experience and tight vocal harmony- together with fresh, original songwriting combine to offer a brand new and unique sound on the American acoustic music scene.

East Of Monroe – A New Song

East Of Monroe – Say What You Mean

East Of Monroe – Undecided


Banana Express

Banana Express

Aug 21 – Banana Express

Banana Express is an Americana, Folk and Old-time Band from the northern region of West Virginia and Shenandoah region of Front Royal, Virginia. Wearing their Appalachian roots on their sleeves, Banana Express takes you on a musical roller coaster playing everything from Traditional folk music, to Gillian Welch, to Bob Dylan, to the Beatles.

Banana Express – Annabel 


Page County Ramblers

Page County Ramblers

Aug 28 – Page County Ramblers

The Page County Ramblers have played traditional Bluegrass and Country music in the Shenandoah Valley and Northern Virginia for over 27 years. Comprised of four local musicians, the band plays traditional bluegrass and gospel music.

Page County Ramblers – Sunny Side of The Mountain