April First Friday Listening Room Concert with Willard Gayheart & Ricky Cox
Venue: Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley, Pulaski
Organizations: Ricky Cox, Willard Gayheart
Date: Friday, April 5, 2024
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 PM
Event Types: Music
Cost:
Suggested donation of $5.00 though donation not required.

Description:
The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley continues their 2024 First Friday Listening Room Concert Series with their April Concert featuring Willard Gayheart and Ricky Cox on Friday, April 5, 2024.

Enjoy two local music legends, Willard Gayheart and Ricky Cox, at the April Listening Room. You won’t want to miss this unique opportunity to experience two experts who represent the rich heritage of Appalachian, folk, and mountain music.

Ricky and Willard have been playing and singing early country music duets since 2020. Along with a couple of songs written by Mr. Gayheart, their program will feature duets from 1930s brother acts and songs made popular by the Original Carter Family.

Willard Gayheart is a pencil artist and musician from Southwest Virginia. He is originally from Eastern Kentucky, working mostly from the theme "Nostalgic Glimpses of the Appalachians". His works are positive images of Appalachian Culture, presenting the region as a place alive with interesting personalities.

Besides his artistic talent with the pencil, Willard is also an accomplished bluegrass musician having played as a member of the bluegrass band The Highlanders. He not only picks the guitar and sings, but writes many of the songs himself. On one album, 5 out of the 10 songs were written by him. All the songs written by Willard reflect his experiences and love for the mountain way of life.

Link: http://www.mtnlaurel.com/arts-and-crafts/266-willard-gayheart-pencil-artist-a-remarkable-gift.html

Ricky Cox, from Floyd County, VA, is a folklorist, musician and historian and taught courses in English and Appalachian Studies at Radford University for over thirty years.

The suggested donation for this event is $5.00, but everyone is welcome whether they donate or not.

Seating is limited, so please be sure to reserve your ticket ahead of time. To reserve a ticket, visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/april-first-friday-listening-room-willard-gayheart-and-ricky-cox-tickets-791457710317?aff=next3days.

There will be light refreshments and a cash bar beginning at 5:00 PM when the doors open. The music runs from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Beginning in February, anyone who attends the First Friday Listening Room Concert will receive a coupon for 10% off any drink at Mochi’s Café right across the street!

There is street parking, and there are several lots within a block from the Center, one behind the Pulaski Theatre and one a block away by the Central Gym and County Administration Building.

The Fine Arts Center for the New River Valley is located at 21 West Main Street in Pulaski, VA.

For more information, visit: https://www.facnrv.org/blog/2024/1/21/al-coffey-and-leslie-brooks-are-in-the-february-first-friday-listening-room or https://www.facebook.com/facnrv or https://www.instagram.com/fineartscenterforthenrv/ or call 540-980-7363.
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