Routes of Rhythm Music Trail

Published 11:53 am Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Virginia State Parks visitors are counting down the days to the start of the second season of American musical heritage performances along the Routes of Rhythm Music Trail.

The series has grown extensively after the success of its inaugural season, with 28 performances scheduled in 10 state parks. The Routes of Rhythm Music Trail tells the story of the creation and proliferation of regional American music through concerts, educational programs and other authentic cultural experiences. Local featured performances will be held at the following locations.

Pocahontas State Park: June 6, from 5:30-9 p.m. Celebrate the history of Pocahontas State Park and its role in providing a place of recreation for our World War II soldiers and their families by stepping back into the music and comedy of the era with Gracie and Lacy’s Hollywood Canteen. This star-spangled revue brings audiences to their feet through power-house vocals, tap dancing, comedy and a dazzling array of glittering costumes. The event is free. No pets or coolers.

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Holliday Lake State Park: June 30, from 6-8 p.m. Experience the heritage of American music that was born in the crossroads of Virginia’s Piedmont. Southern Virginia’s own Dixie Road Bluegrass Band consists of members Jim Green, Jon Garner, Carlton Stell and Ricky Slaughter. The event is free.

Coolers are permitted, but no glass containers. Bring lawn chairs. Children can make banjo-style instruments out of recycled materials, recreating the birth of the modern banjo in Appomattox County.

Staunton River State Park: July 6, from 6-8 p.m. Hear some good ole country pickin’ by Ken Peade and Friends performing outside the visitor center. Join park staff and visitors for flat footin’ and boot stompin’ underneath the stars. A ranger will tend a campfire complete with s’mores. The event is free.

Bear Creek Lake State Park: Aug. 4, from 3-5 p.m. The Davis Bradley Duo is an exciting, one of a kind musical experience offering something for everyone. The innovative duo combines bluegrass, old time and swing influences, to create something magical while remaining true to the roots of the music they love. The event is free and will be held rain or shine in Bear Creek Hall.

For more information about Routes of Rhythm Music Trail performances and other Virginia State Parks activities and amenities or to make a reservation for one of the more than 1,800 campsites or 300 climate-controlled cabins, call the Virginia State Parks Customer Care Center at (800) 933-7275 or visit