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Ricky Skaggs to headline third annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Fesival

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will headline the third annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival September 25 - 28, 2014.
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder will headline the third annual Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival September 25 - 28, 2014.
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Banjos and dobros meet beaches and boats in the Outer Banks of North Carolina when mountain music comes to Manteo the weekend of September 25 – 28, 2014. Headliner Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder take to the stage amid a lineup of bluegrass, folk and country artists that include Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson, the Lonesome River Band and a multitude of others.

Presented by PNC and Bollie Lee Jarratt, Jr. CPA, the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by Mountain Fever Records. The event takes place at the 27-acre site of Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo. Emcee of the OBX Bluegrass Festival is Tim White, Song of the Mountains TV show host.

The traditional sounds of bluegrass pioneers like Bill Monroe, Earl Scruggs and Lester Flatt come to life in the instruments and voices of today’s bluegrass stars. The four-day OBX Bluegrass Festival draws fans from all over the East Coast. Rhonda Vincent has even written a song about the festival. Listen to it here.

Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder perform on Saturday, September 27 at 9:00 p.m. Ricky Skaggs’ career spans five decades of singing, songwriting, playing, composing and collaborating with other artists and genres. He has received 14 Grammys and numerous other awards and honors from the Country Music Association (CMA) and the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).

A born performer, Skaggs shared the stage with Bill Monroe at the ripe old age of six and appeared on Scruggs’ and Flatt’s television show at age seven. The 1980s saw him in the limelight of mainstream country music before going back to his roots with the sound of mountain music and mandolins.

OBX Bluegrass Festival – Thursday, September 25, 2014

  • 12:00 p.m. Banjo Island
  • 1:30 p.m. The Corey Hensley Band
  • 3:00 p.m. Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
  • 4:30 p.m. The Trinity River Band
  • 6:00 p.m. Bluegrass Brothers
  • 7:30 p.m. Steve Dilling & Sideline
  • 9:00 p.m. The Lonesome River Band
  • 10:30 p.m. Bluegrass jam and dance with The Wayfarers – located at the Banjo Island Jam Bus in the parking lot

OBX Bluegrass Festival – Friday, September 26, 2014

  • 11:00 a.m. The Wayfarers
  • 12:00 p.m. Code Blue
  • 1:00 p.m. Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
  • 2:30 p.m. Sierra Hull
  • 4:00 p.m. Balsam Range
  • 5:30 p.m. Blue Highway
  • 7:00 p.m. The Steep Canyon Rangers
  • 8:30 p.m. Band Competition Winners
  • 8:45 p.m. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
  • 10:30 p.m. BOOMGRASS Fireworks Show

OBX Bluegrass Festival – Saturday, September 27, 2014

  • 11:00 a.m. The Moore Brothers
  • 12:00 p.m. Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
  • 1:30 p.m. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
  • 3:00 p.m. The Boxcars
  • 4:30 p.m. Adkins & Loudermilk
  • 6:00 p.m. Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • 7:30 p.m. The Roys
  • 9:00 p.m. Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder

OBX Bluegrass Festival – Sunday, September 28, 2014

  • 11:00 a.m. The Gentlemen of Bluegrass
  • 12:00 p.m. The Church Sisters
  • 1:30 p.m. The Bankesters
  • 3:00 p.m. Larry Stephenson Band
  • 4:30 p.m. The Grass Cats
  • 6:00 p.m. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • 7:30 p.m. Nu Blu
  • 9:00 p.m. Dailey and Vincent

The schedule it subject to change.

The Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival will have plenty of delicious seafood, BBQ and various other items - including booths from local restaurants such as Basnight's Lone Cedar - as well as arts and crafts booths to go along with all of the musical entertainment and beautiful scenery.

Thinking of taking off for a weekend of beaches and bluegrass? Fall is a beautiful time to enjoy the warm sunny days and crisp evening air of the Outer Banks. The entertainment value of today's top bluegrass artists is just an added bonus.

Please visit for ticket information as well as directions, parking and accommodation information.

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