June 10, 2014/For Immediate Release

Media Contact for UNCSA: Lauren Whitaker, 336-734-2891, whitakerl@uncsa.edu

Media Contact for BRMC: Richard Emmett, 866-308-2773, ext. 213, remmett@brpfoundation.org






The Amigos, featuring UNCSA alumnus Justin Poindexter,

will open 7 pm show

WINSTON-SALEM – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and the Blue Ridge Music Center (BRMC) will present Grammy Award winners The Carolina Chocolate Drops in concert at BRMC at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 20. Opening the concert will be The Amigos featuring UNCSA alumnus Justin Poindexter.

“UNCSA is thrilled to partner with Blue Ridge Music Center to present such a great night of music,” said Katharine Laidlaw, UNCSA’s Executive Producer. “The Carolina Chocolate Drops and The Amigos are both truly genre-defying and prime examples of how extraordinary musicianship can extend seamlessly into a variety of styles.  We celebrate the earnest skill, wild creativity, and flat-out fantastic performing that have earned both groups such enthusiastic followings.”

Richard Emmett, director of music programming for BRMC, said The Carolina Chocolate Drops is one of the most influential and popular contemporary roots and traditional music acts working today. "We hope this presentation is the beginning of a successful and beneficial relationship between BRMC and UNCSA, and one that will lead to more presentations and collaborations related to the music of the American South," he said.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops is a contemporary African-American string band based in Durham. The Chocolate Drops prove that traditional old-time mountain music -- the fiddle and banjo, Southern black music from the 1920s and ’30s, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz -- can be a living, breathing, ever-evolving sound. Rolling Stone Magazine described their style as “dirt-floor-dance electricity.” For more information about The Chocolate Drops, please visit their website.

The Amigos, led by UNCSA School of Music alumnus Justin Poindexter (high school diploma 2001, Bachelor of Music 2006) on guitar, deliver foot-stomping, accordion-infused Americana music blending folk-rock, zydeco/cajun, and hot jazz. Rocking solos, dare-devil harmony singing, and wild western-wear have taken the Amigos from sold-out shows at Lincoln Center to the Philadelphia Folk Festival and Nashville’s Music City Roots. For information, please visit their website.

Tickets are $20, with children under 12 admitted free. Tickets and can be purchased in advance online at the BRMC website, through Brown Paper Tickets, by calling or visiting the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation office at 717 South Marshall Street, Suite 105 B in Winston-Salem, 336-721-0260, or 866-308-2773 toll-free.  Tickets also are available at BRMC and at Barr's Fiddle Shop in Galax, Va. 

A pre-concert reception will feature beer and wine provided by Creek Bottom Brewery of Galax, Va., and heavy hors d'oeuvres. Admission to the reception is $50 which includes a reserved seat at the concert.

For evening concerts, patrons are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs, and are welcome to bring picnic baskets without alcohol. Barbecue from The Galax Smokehouse is available for purchase.

The Blue Ridge Music Center

The Blue Ridge Music Center, located 20 miles north of Mount Airy, N.C. and 10 miles south of Galax, Va., at Milepost 213 of the Blue Ridge Parkway, is operated by The National Park Service. The Music Center's programming is coordinated through a partnership with The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.  Please visit the www.BlueRidgeMusicCenter.org for more detailed information about the 2014 Evening Concert Season, including the schedule, bios, images, web links and videos of the performers, or to purchase tickets in advance.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.




MEDIA: For more information, high-res images of artists and/or of the Blue Ridge Music Center, artist interview contact, and other information on the Blue Ridge Music Center's 2014 Summer Concert Series please contact:


Richard Emmett

Program Director 

Blue Ridge Music Center

Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation

866-308-2773 x 213