McLain Family Band
The Blue-Ridge Girls

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50th Home Craft Days

Opening Night Concert


Friday, October 15th, 2021


Goodloe Center

Mountain Empire Community College

Big Stone Gap, VA

Recipients of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award, the McLain Family Band has become internationally known for spontaneous, creative and spirited performances of original and traditional bluegrass music. The McLains will perform for the 50th Home Craft Days along with The Blue Ridge Girls.

The Blue Ridge Girls, like their name, invoke a picturesque simplicity with their take on traditional mountain music. The trio features Brett Morris (Executive Director of JAM), Martha Spencer (Ashe JAM instructor), and Jamie Collins (Galax JAM instructor).

This performance is part of the W. Campbell Edmonds Concert Series and is free and open to the public.


An outdoor reception will precede the concert. MECC will host Dough and Joe of Big Stone Gap and Mr. Kettle Corn of Wirtz in the field adjacent to the Goodloe Center from 4 PM – 7 PM. All attendees are invited to enjoy free coffee, donuts, and popcorn in the outdoor seating areas. In addition, Backdraft BBQ of Gate City will also be on site, as a dinner option for paying customers. Come out on Friday night for music from the McLain family, the Blue Ridge Girls, and more, beginning at 6:00 PM. The festival will continue all weekend long with performances and craft vendors from across the region.

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

Please note that masks are currently required on the Mountain Empire Community College Campus. The college has worked with the Lenowisco Health District to implement safety precautions for COVID-19. Masks will be required for this event both in indoor and outdoor settings with the exception of eating areas.