Joe Troop & Friends

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Wednesday, September 7th, 2022

7:00 PM

Goodloe Center

Mountain Empire Community College

3441 Mountain Empire Rd, Big Stone Gap, VA

Tickets: $10.00

Students and Season Ticket Holders Free

Joe is a multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter from Winston-Salem, NC. In March 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, folk singer Joe Troop suddenly found himself back in his home state, an ocean away from his adopted home of Buenos Aires and his GRAMMY-nominated band Che Apalache. So he did what he knows best: hunkered down with his banjo and sang his heart out. After many months searching for a place to call home, Joe put down roots in Durham and a new quartet was born:

Omar Ruiz-Lopez is a classically trained violinist/violist born in Panama and raised in Puerto Rico. A longtime resident of Durham, he melds his Caribbean musical heritage and noteworthy virtuosity with the Appalachian string band tradition.

With a list of bonafides that includes performing alongside jazz and R&B luminaries like Branford Marsalis and Aretha Franklin, composer and percussionist Brevan Hampden has built a reputation as a technical master and a sought after collaborator.

Rounding out the quartet is Mexican American jazz bassist Ramon Garcia, hailing from Wilmington, NC. Ramon is finishing up his musical studies at UNC Greensboro’s legendary music school and demonstrates musical prowess well beyond his years.

Adult tickets are $10.00. All children and students are free to attend. Pro-Art Season Tickets will be honored. This performance is part of the W. Campbell Edmonds Concert Series.

Pro-Art partners with a variety of venues, therefore individuals with mobility issues are encouraged to call 276-376-4520 or email the Pro-Art office at pro-art@uvawise.edu to make arrangements for parking. For evolving conditions related to the global pandemic, inclement weather, or similar unforeseen circumstances, patrons are encouraged to check proartva.org for up-to-date information.