2018 Harvester Stage
Franklin County Agricultural Fair Offers Diverse Musical Performances
Attendees to the 2018 Franklin County Agricultural Fair will be entertained and treated to a range of musical styles performing Wednesday, Sept. 12 through Saturday, Sept. 16 on the Harvester Stage at the Franklin County Recreation Park, 2150 Sontag Road in Rocky Mount. The Harvester Stage, sponsored by Harvester Performance Center, will feature a dynamic lineup of professional bands and community musicians.
The scheduled bands on the Harvester Stage are: Gospel Sensations (Wednesday, 7 – 9 p.m.), Latin Clave (Thursday, 7 – 9 p.m.), Blue Mule (Friday, 6 – 7:30 p.m.), Jimmie Wilson’s Tribute to Willie Nelson (Friday, 8 – 9:30 p.m.), Franklin County JAM students (Saturday, 12 – 2:30 p.m.), Morgan Wade & the Stepbrothers (Saturday, 3 – 4:30 p.m.), Fuzzy Logic (Saturday, 5 – 6:30 p.m.), and 1st Generation Band (7:30 – 11 p.m.).
Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair!
ABOUT THE BANDS
Wednesday, September 12
(7 PM – 9 PM)
The Gospel Sensations are an anointed and dynamic gospel singing group that have led many to the Body of Christ. The mission of The Gospel Sensations is to spread God’s Word through song. Their melodious and harmonious voices permeate many hearts, instilling joy in countless souls and introducing many to Christ. The Gospel Sensations have skillfully produced a quality quartet sound and laced it with a contemporary jazz and traditional gospel twist. On stages, in pulpits, on rostrums, and in arenas around the world, the Gospel Sensations have performed and experienced a mighty move of God. This trendsetting quintet is changing the way quartet style Gospel Music is done. You gotta see them to believe it.
Friday, September 14
(6 PM – 7:30 PM)
Blue Mule is a unique group of musicians working in a bluegrass context with heavy doses of jazz, rock, blues and country. This “newgrass” group plays everything from Miles Davis to Merle Haggard, Bill Monroe to Jethro Tull. Formed in 2003, Blue Mule also offers creative songwriting, bringing a fresh perspective to modern acoustic music. Their performances are full of intensity, spontaneity and the pursuit of “playing that lick just a little bit better than the night before.” Danceable and memorable long after it’s over, a set by Blue Mule is unlike any you’ve heard.
Jimmie Wilson’s Tribute to Willie Nelson
(8 PM – 9:30 PM)
Jimmie has been performing Willie Nelson songs ever since “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” hit the charts, but it was years afterwards while watching the movie “Honey Suckle Rose” that Jimmie was impressed by Willies stage presence. It was later while forming a group that some of Jimmie’s band mates commented on authenticity of the Willie Nelson sound that Jimmie had, and there was a general consensus to go in that direction. The better part of a year was spent in study of the musical style and appearance on stage and putting a show together. The Road Show band is not unlike the real group, all seasoned road musicians that have spent their fair share of time on a bus between gigs so that when Jimmie walks out front and waves and picks up the old gut string and punches out the first notes to “Whiskey River” you’ll know that you in for the next best thing to being there with the “Family”.
Saturday, September 15
Franklin County JAM Showcase
(12 PM – 2:30 PM)
Franklin County JAM (Junior Appalachian Musicians) is a program that began in 2014, and is made possible by the Smith Mountain Arts Council. The program is held for 4-8 grade elementary and middle students at the Essig Center in Rocky Mount on Tuesdays from 4:30 – 6:00. Franklin County JAM currently offers instruction on fiddle, banjo and guitar.
Morgan Wade & the Stepbrothers
(3 PM – 4:30 PM)
Morgan Wade exploded onto the Southwest Virginia music scene two years ago playing a blend of country, folk and high-energy Americana and jamming with a rotating group of musicians. She was immediately noticed for her tremendous song writing and powerful voice. Bassist Ed McGee and mandolin player Joe Link have been with Morgan from the beginning and added veteran rockers Drew Sprinkle on guitar and Bengy Wagner on drums to form the Morgan Wade and The Stepbrothers. The formation of the Stepbrothers allowed Morgan to front a harder-edged, yet professional stage show. Although Morgan still plays to her Americana roots, the music is driven by sensitive and penetrating lyrics and a tight, electrifying rock band. Morgan Wade and the Stepbrothers deliver an intersection of rock, country, and folk that reflects the beauty, anger, hunger, and hope of coming of age in modern Appalachia.
(5 PM – 6:30 PM)
Fuzzy Logic brings together four talented players with varied backgrounds in music that blend together to create a high-energy vocal-filled sound unlike any other in Southwest Virginia. With influences ranging from The Eagles to Metallica to Keith Urban, Fuzzy Logic brings a little of anything and everything to their shows. They’re more than just a variet band…they’re Groovalistic Funky, Country-Fried rock…with Soul!!
1st Generation Band
(7:30 PM – 11 PM)
From Motown to current hits, soul to classic rock, 70s and 80s to jazz and even a little bit of country, 1st Generation covers all the greatest party music so you and your guests can dance for hours. With a lineup that includes two dynamic female singers, a classy and soulful male vocalist, electrifying sax and optional trumpet, 1st Generation is able to recreate every style of music to perfection. 1st Generation guarantees an unforgettable night of incredible tunes and fun dancing!
Prices, policies, programs, schedules, attractions and entertainment subject to change or cancellation without notice. No Rainchecks. No Refunds. No weapons, guns or knives allowed at the event. The Franklin County Agricultural Fair and/or County of Franklin reserves the right to refuse admission.