2019 Harvester Stage
Franklin County Agricultural Fair Offers Diverse Musical Performances
Attendees to the 2019 Franklin County Agricultural Fair will be entertained and treated to a range of artistic styles performing Wednesday, Sept. 18 through Saturday, Sept. 21 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: The Worx (Friday Evening), Harwell Grice (Saturday Evening), and Five Mile Mountain Band (Saturday Evening).
New for this year, we will also be offering daily entertainment of the Harvester Stage presented by local community groups! Come out and see your fellow classmates, neighbors, family, and friends perform for you as part of the community stage. More details and times to come!
Don’t forget to bring your lawn chair!
ABOUT THE BANDS
Friday, September 20
(7:30 PM – 9:30 PM)
The WORX is an award winning Mid-Atlantic regional band entertaining audiences for over 27 years. The professional musicianship, variety, and versatility will impress the hardest critics and leave you wanting to see more. With local roots to Franklin County, make sure to come out and have a great time with music brought to you by The WORX.
Saturday, September 21
(5 PM – 7 PM)
The Harwell Grice Band has been entertaining audiences throughout southwest Virginia, nonstop, since late 2003. Their original bluegrass and Americana mixed with a large repertoire of traditionals and even a few popular covers result in a very entertaining show. The Harwell Grice Band was formed when four friends; Josh Grice, Matt Hubbard, Gabe Robey and Spencer Young got together back in college and started trying their hand in bluegrass. After playing a few times they decided to start writing and performing their own material around Radford University (Virginia). Now almost 15 years later, the Harwell Grice Band has grown into a talented and versatile group of musicians, sharing the stage with the likes of Larry Keel, Seldom Scene, Tony Rice, and Blue Highway, to name a few. Songwriter and lead singer, Josh Grice, is a country singing wildman. Lead guitarist, Gabe Robey sings like a bird and makes major contributions to the bands original material in the way of songwriting. Monster pickers Brian “Daddy Mule” Muller (mandolin and baritone vocals) and Andrew “AK47” Kingery (doghouse) hold down the rock-solid rhythm section of the band and also contribute with original material. Stewart Werner, formerly of Second Helping, is a banjo-extraordinaire who joined in 2008. Stewart is a seasoned bluegrass musician adding bass vocals and songwriting ability.
Saturday, September 21
Five Mile Mountain Road
(8 PM – 10:30 PM)
“A Cavalcade Of Swinging Old Time Music From The Moonshine Capital Of The World.”
Five Mile Mountain Road brings you old-time music with a fresh approach. From the old-time sounds of Charlie Poole and the fiddle music of Clark Kessinger, to first-generation Blue Grass music and original arrangements of western swing, to ragtime and jazz, Five Mile Mountain Road presents an authentic old-time experience reminiscettnt of the music once heard at dance halls and theatres in days gone by.
The origin of Five Mile Mountain Road came from the meeting of fiddler Billy Hurt, Jr. and guitarist Brennen Ernst while working in The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show. Billy and Brennen immediately discovered a common love for old music, particularly old-time fiddle music, ragtime, and early jazz. Upon meeting banjoist Seth Boyd in 2015, the nucleus of Five Mile Mountain Road was formed.
Fiddlin’ Billy Hurt sets the pace with the fiddle. A journeyman old-time and blue grass fiddler from Franklin County, Virginia, Hurt is widely known as one of the finest fiddle players in the business. Brennen Ernst, a native of Lucketts, Loudoun County, Virginia, is a multi-talented instrumentalist and provides powerful lead and rhythm guitar and rousing piano playing to help shape the unique Five Mile Mountain Road sound. Franklin County native Seth Boyd comes from a well-known musical family and drives the music with his expertise on multiple styles of old-time banjo. Caleb “Duke” Erickson from Rockford, Illinois, also plays rhythm guitar, along with Travis-style and flat-picking lead guitar. J. C. Radford, also a Franklin County native, is an accomplished bass player and writer of the band’s theme song “Five Mile Mountain Road”. All the members of the band contribute vocals and also write original material that help make up the band’s repertoire.
The band records for the Patuxent label. Five Mile Mountain Road preserves old-time music and pays homage to their heroes, while still adding their unique perspective.
This year we are filling our stage with local community groups providing performances for the community of Franklin County. Come out to experience the local talent of your friends, family, neighbors, and Franklin County!
Wednesday, September 18, 6:30-7:30 pm: Miss Franklin County Pageant Talent Showcase
Saturday, September 21, 2:30-3:30 pm: Blue Ridge Performing Arts Academy Dance Showcase
More to come soon!
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.