This third installment of the concert series will feature music by Strictly Strings and the Mountain Park Old Time Band on
Friday evening, March 23, in the Baldwin Auditorium of the 1908 Courthouse in Independence. Students from local Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) after school programs will start the
show at 7 p.m.
Strictly Strings encompasses a variety of talent from four young artists accompanied by Cecil Gurganus, their former instructor in the Boone JAM program, where they first met and began
playing music together. Listeners will be able to quickly hear their major influences of musical pioneers such as Ola Belle Reed and the Carter Family in addition to old time string band music
and many other genres, as well. Two of the band members, sisters Anissa and Kathleen Burnett, are currently students of ETSU’s Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies Program where they perform as part of the Old Time Pride Band.
Bringing the local flatfooters to the 1908 Courthouse will be the Mountain Park Old Time Band with special guest, former JAM student, Madison Shepherd. The Mountain Park Old Time Band
is known for playing mountain music with a hard-driving dance beat, and takes pride in carrying on the traditions of the region. Clawhammer banjo player Madison Shepherd learned her first
notes as part of the Ashe JAM program and has often represented Junior Appalachian Musicians, as well as achieved many top prizes at area fiddlers’ conventions.
The first two concerts of the Courthouse JAMboree series were held in the fall of 2017 and featured Wayne Henderson and the Virginia Luthiers, ShadowGrass, The Yates Family, Karlie
Keepfer and Smokey Holler, and various JAM kids. The Historic 1908 Courthouse Foundation and Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. were awarded a grant from the Virginia Commission for
the Arts, which is partially funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, to host the Courthouse JAMboree in an effort to bring live music to the community.
This concert series is sponsored by Skyline National Bank. Additional sponsors include local businesses: QuikChek/Paul’s Restaurant, Main Street Tire & Auto, and Cassell Real Estate Services.
Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. is the parent organization for 42 after school JAM programs in a four-state area and is dedicated to providing performance and learning opportunities for
students, as well as the tools and resources programs need to teach children old time and bluegrass music and dance traditions. More than 1,600 students are involved in JAM each school year.
Tickets will be sold at the door for $5/each, opening at 6:00 p.m. Children 12 & under will be admitted free. The Baldwin Auditorium is handicap-accessible with an elevator. For more
information, please visit www.jamkids.org or call (276) 773-0573.