The Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) will hold its annual fundraiser, the Winter Bluegrass Jubilee, on January 26th, 2019 at Pickens High School. This year’s jubilee promises to be the best year yet because the program is celebrating its 10 year anniversary. The headliner band will be Blue Highway, who has earned 28 collective IBMA Awards, 6 SPBGMA Awards, one Dove Award, and three Grammy nominations as a band, plus two Grammy Awards among its current members. Prior to Blue Highway, regional bands, West End String Band, New Dixie Storm, and Mountain Bridge Band will perform. In addition, special guests, the Shawn Lane Family Band will be featured. And, of course, there will be plenty of YAM alumni – Left Lane, Ella and Mary, Three Creeks Over – on hand to showcase just how rich our community is in bluegrass and roots talent. Finally, everyone’s favorite, the Sweet Potato Pie Kids and school based YAM programs will kick off our day of indoor music fun!
The Young Appalachian Musicians is an after school music program that teaches traditional Appalachian music to youngsters across the area. This fundraiser, the Winter Bluegrass Jubilee, along with support from organizations and businesses such as sponsors Pickens County, Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music (POSAM), The South Carolina Arts Commission, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, The School District of Pickens County, Cornerstone Christian Music Store, Hiott Printing Company, Albino Skunk Fest, Hagood Mill Historic Site, Bluegrass at Oolenoy, and Patterson Tax Service help keep the cost of the lessons affordable for those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, or guitar. WNCW and Electric City Bluegrass are also on-board! Those interested in becoming a sponsor of this program should contact YAM at the information included in this release.
This year’s jubilee will also host artisan and craft vendors, food vendors, and Appalachian workshops covering topics such as songwriting, pottery, rocks & minerals, Doc Watson, flat footin’, stringed instruments, jug band, storytelling, and more! Those interested in becoming a vendors at this event can email the organizer for a link to an interest form.
Doors open at ten o’clock, and the music begins with the singing of the National Anthem at 10:15.