Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter Marty Raybon will highlight the second annual Piedmont College Bluegrass Festival to be held June 4 at the Arrendale Amphitheater on the campus in Demorest.
Raybon is just one of nine soloists and groups that will take the stage beginning at 11 a.m. during the daylong celebration of bluegrass, country, and old-time music. Raybon is scheduled to take the stage at 8 p.m.
One of the original members of the band “Shenandoah,” which produced 26 Billboard hits, Raybon began a solo career in 1995 and has recorded eight Billboard hits, including 2010’s “The Heat is On.” No less an authority than Gary LeVox, lead singer with “Rascal Flatts,” has praised Raybon as “the greatest singer on the planet to this day!”
Piedmont theatre professor Henry “Doc” Johnson of the Mountain Music & Medicine Show will emcee the day’s events. Featured performers will include Curtis Blackwell & The Dixie Bluegrass Boys, Shoal Creek, Bill Long, John Oliver & Carmel Ridge, Nancy Creek, Mountain Hoodoo, The Foxfire Boys, and Tomorrow’s Yesterday.
Admission to the all-day event is $15, with children under age 5 admitted free. Piedmont students, faculty, and staff are also admitted free.
“The first Piedmont Bluegrass Festival last year was a great success, and this year we are incredibly happy to welcome a new slate of performers, including Marty Raybon, who will bring a wide range of country and bluegrass styles,” said festival organizer Natalie Crawford. “We expect this festival to continue to grow and look forward to seeing everyone out at the Arrendale Amphitheater on June 4 for what promises to be another great family event.”
The Arrendale Amphitheater is adjacent to the Swanson Center for Performing Arts and Communications and features open-air stadium seating with plenty of room to bring your favorite folding chair or cushions and cooler. No alcoholic beverages are allowed, and concessions will be available.