Appalachian Road Show to perform at Edison and Ford Winter Estates Oct. 29
Edison and Ford Winter Estates will host the acoustic ensemble, Appalachian Road Show, for the first Rhythm on the River performance of the season on Oct. 29. The group performs bluegrass and folk music, as well as original songs. The event will take place on the Ford lawn, along the Caloosahatchee River. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 6 p.m.
Band members include Grammy-nominated banjoist Barry Abernathy, Grammy-winning fiddler Jim VanCleve, vocalist and mandolinist Darrell Webb, Grammy-winning bassist Todd Phillips, and guitarist Zeb Snyder. Abernathy, VanCleve, and Webb were each born and raised in Appalachia. Abernathy sang in his church as a young boy, VanCleve has played the fiddle since he was six years old, and Webb grew up with the influence of bluegrass music from his father.
The group’s music tells stories from the mountains and valleys of North Carolina and Virginia and the coal mines of West Virginia and Kentucky. Those stories include topics of logging, coal mining, trains, and lost love in their hit songs such as the gospel-esque “I Am Just a Pilgrim” and “Little Black Train,” the kick-up-your-heels “Dance, Dance, Dance,” and the ballad of love and loss in “Anna Lee.” The performance is more than just a concert and includes telling the stories behind the songs. The band’s first album had three number-one songs on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay charts. Then, in 2019, the band was nominated for the New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year (“Dance Dance Dance”) at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.
Food and beverage vendors will have refreshments available for purchase. No coolers permitted. Free parking is available in the main Edison Ford parking lot at 2350 McGregor Boulevard.
Tickets are on sale now and may be purchased online at EdisonFord.org or at the ticket counter. Individual tickets purchased in advance are $30 for Edison Ford members or $35 for non-members; tickets at the door will be $40. Individual ticket holders should bring a lawn chair. A new VIP seating area will be open and may be reserved by the table for $225. Each table holds up to 5 people; table ticket price includes the use of a table and chairs. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit EdisonFord.org.
Edison and Ford Winter Estates is at 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.