The Midnight Plowboys

Celebrating Roots Music of the Southern Mountains... & Beyond!

ISIS Music Hall
Sep
2
7:00pm 7:00pm

ISIS Music Hall

The Midnight Plowboys and ISIS Music Hall on Labor Day weekend...an annual homecoming tradition!

Come out to this premier Asheville live music venue on Saturday Sept. 2, 2017.  We'll be in the upstairs Lounge and Bar starting at 7:00 p.m. Let's get this Labor Day weekend going!

 

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Blowing Rock Music Festival
Sep
16
1:00pm 1:00pm

Blowing Rock Music Festival

The Blowing Rock Music Festival features americana, folk, bluegrass, blues, old rock and jazz. The Festival is held in the main parking lot and the grounds on The Blowing Rock property. Gates open at 10:00 am, entertainers begin at 1:00 pm and continues until the fireworks (weather permitting) at sunset. Tickets can be purchased by visiting or calling The Blowing Rock Attraction or the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce.

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Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Oct
20
3:00pm 3:00pm

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

For four days each July and October, the US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC comes alive with fine traditional and contemporary crafts. Nearly 200 craftspeople fill the two levels of the center selling their works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.

Beginning on Friday during each Craft Fair, mountain musicians perform live on the arena stage. Since the first fair in Gatlinburg in 1948, the music of the area has been woven into the fabric of the Craft Fair experience. From old time to bluegrass, this tradition is kept alive today. The Midnight Plowboys will take the stage at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20!

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Chautauqua at Christmount
Oct
26
7:30pm 7:30pm

Chautauqua at Christmount

Christmount Assembly's Chautauqua week will be October 23-27, 2017, and will focus on Appalachian Heritage and Culture with storytelling, worship, educational lectures, craft exhibitions, and hiking opportunities and local tours of fall in the beautiful Swannanoa Valley!  Evening concerts will feature local musicians.

The Midnight Plowboys will perform Thursday evening October 26 at 7:30 PM.  The event is open to the public.  Tickets are $12 advance purchase and $15 at the door.  

For tickets call 828-669-8977.

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Mountain Dance and Folk Festival
Aug
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Mountain Dance and Folk Festival

  • Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center (map)
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The 90th Annual Mountain Dance and Folk Festival, a ticketed event at Mission Health/A-B Tech Conference Center, Victoria Road in Asheville, takes place nightly Thursday through Saturday, August 3, 4, & 5.  The Midnight Plowboys will be performing on Friday the 4th.

Bascom Lamar Lunsford founded the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival as a means for people to share and understand the beauty and dignity of the Southern Appalachian music and dance traditions that have been handed down through generations in western North Carolina.  He saw the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival grow to be the oldest gathering of its kind in the nation and it continues in this way, a platform for the talented of the high country lying between the Great Smoky and the Blue Ridge Mountains. 

Since 1928, the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival has served a crucial role in raising awareness and understanding of the vitality and importance of Southern Appalachian culture throughout the region, nation and world. Bascom Lunsford’s mission was to present the finest of the Appalachian ballad singers, string bands and square dance teams for education and entertainment. The songs and dances shared at this event echo centuries of Scottish, English, Irish, Cherokee and African heritage found in the valleys and coves between the Great Smokies and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lunsford’s was the first dubbed a folk festival, and he later consulted with many communities across the country interested in organizing similar festivals.

 

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Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands
Jul
23
11:00am11:00am

Craft Fair of the Southern Highlands

For four days each July and October, the US Cellular Center in Asheville, NC comes alive with fine traditional and contemporary crafts. Nearly 200 craftspeople fill the two levels of the center selling their works of clay, fiber, glass, leather, metal, mixed media, natural materials, paper, wood and jewelry.

Beginning on Friday during each Craft Fair, mountain musicians perform live on the arena stage. Since the first fair in Gatlinburg in 1948, the music of the area has been woven into the fabric of the Craft Fair experience. From old time to bluegrass, this tradition is kept alive today. The Midnight Plowboys will take the stage at 11:00 AM  on Sunday July 23!

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Bluff Mountain Festival
Jun
10
10:00am10:00am

Bluff Mountain Festival

The Bluff Mountain Music Festival, located on the grounds of the Hot Springs Resort and Spa, is a daylong outdoor festival that features many of the best traditional, old-time, and bluegrass musicians and dancers in the region.  The festival is an official stop on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.

The festival is free. 

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Montford Music & Art Festival
May
20
10:00am10:00am

Montford Music & Art Festival

Come, experience and enjoy Asheville’s largest, longest running, single day neighborhood street festival. See for yourself why so many visitors return each year to hear the music, dine on local cuisine, and shop from some of the finest artisans in the area.  

Put the 2017 Montford Music and Arts Festival on your list of To Do events and join us on Saturday, May 20 from 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM on the main street of Montford Avenue just down from the Asheville Visitor’s Center in Historic Montford Neighborhood.  The event is free! 

The Midnight Plowboys hit the Soco Street stage at 11:00 AM.  See you there!

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Laura Boosinger & The Midnight Plowboys at MerleFest
Apr
28
to Apr 29

Laura Boosinger & The Midnight Plowboys at MerleFest

MerleFest was founded in 1988 to celebrate "traditional plus" music in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of American music legend Doc Watson.  MerleFest is now one of the premier music festivals in the country.

Laura Boosinger & The Midnight Plowboys will perform twice on Friday of MerleFest 2017. Set one will be at 3 PM on the Traditional Stage.  Set two will be at 8 PM on the Dance Stage.  

Saturday of MerleFest 2017, the Plowboys will perform at 9:30 AM on the Traditional Stage.  Set two on Saturday will be at 1:45 PM on the Dance Stage.

Come join us at MerleFest 2017!  Tickets are now available at the MerleFest website.

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Cradle of Forestry in America
Jul
24
4:00pm 4:00pm

Cradle of Forestry in America

Now in its 14th season, the Songcatchers Music Series showcases acoustic music with roots in the Southern Appalachians and the musicians who nurture the tradition of passing this heritage on to others.  The series is an official part of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area's Blue Ridge Music Trails.  

Check here for more information:  http://cradleofforestry.com/sundays-in-july-songcatchers-music-series/

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Tribute to fiddler Paul Crouch
May
28
7:30pm 7:30pm

Tribute to fiddler Paul Crouch

Join us at the Madison County Arts Center in  Marshall, NC for a musical celebration of the life of former Midnight Plowboy Paul Crouch.  Paul was a master fiddler, singer and storyteller who died recently.  We shared the stage with Paul for hundreds of shows when he was a Midnight Plowboy during the 1980s. 

The Midnight Plowboys and many other prominent local musicians will perform. There will be a $10 suggested donation, with all proceeds going toward a scholarship for Junior Appalachian Musicians in Paul's name.

Contact Madison County Arts Council for more information.

 

 

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Arvil Freeman and The Midnight Plowboys at Cataloochee Ranch
Feb
21
4:00pm 4:00pm

Arvil Freeman and The Midnight Plowboys at Cataloochee Ranch

On Sunday evening, February 21, the Midnight Plowboys, joined by master fiddler Arvil Freeman, will make their debut appearance at Cataloochee Ranch. 

Tickets for the February 21 performance at the Ranch are $45 per person and include the show at 4:00 pm, followed by a delicious Pot Roast dinner at 5:45 pm. For reservations, which are required, call Cataloochee Ranch at 828-926-1401.

 

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Winter's Tune - Female Fiddlers of Western North Carolina
Dec
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Winter's Tune - Female Fiddlers of Western North Carolina

  • Broyhill Chapel at Mars Hill University (map)
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The Lunsford Festival and Mars Hill University are proud to host their second annual Winter's Tune: Music to Warm an Appalachian Night. This evening of music will feature female fiddlers from across the Western North Carolina area, including The Midnight Plowboys' very own Emma McDowell Best. We hope you'll join Emma and the rest of the band for the show!

Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door, and are available at the Lunsford Festival's website. Tickets sold out last year, so get yours early!

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Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival
Oct
24
3:40pm 3:40pm

Bascom Lamar Lunsford Festival

Because of inclement weather a few weeks back, the Bascom Lamar Lunsford "Minstrel of Appalachia" Festival at Mars Hill University was postponed a few weeks, but things are looking clear for the weekend! We hope you'll join the Midnight Plowboys and others this weekend for a day of live music and mountain arts and crafts.

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