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Nov 18 2018

The Crooked Road Opens Cultural Event Applications for the 2019 Mountains of Music Homecoming

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The Crooked Road Opens Cultural Event Applications for the 2019 Mountains of Music Homecoming

Nine Extraordinary Days of Concerts and Cultural Events Along The Crooked Road


Abingdon, VA:   The Crooked Road has opened the application period for Cultural Events for the 5th  annual Mountains of Music Homecoming, June 7-15, 2019.  Cultural and civic organizations, colleges, churches, businesses, and individuals are encouraged to submit applications to present authentic cultural events as part of the Homecoming.  In 2018, 50 communities in Southwest Virginia participated in the Homecoming through Crooked Road concerts in 24 different communities and over 70 cultural events such as community meals, craft exhibits, canoe floats, jam sessions and many other experiences highlighting the unique qualities of each community.


“Cultural Events play a major role in shaping the experience of attendees to the Mountains of Music Homecoming,” said Crooked Road executive director Jack Hinshelwood. “Our goal is to highlight the authentic culture and natural beauty of Southwest Virginia, and the cultural events are the primary means of doing that. The region abounds in unique experiences based on our music, culture, cuisine, history, crafts, and outdoor adventures.”


Eligible Cultural Events fall into categories including: Community Meal and Food Events, Community Hosted Concerts, Visual or Performing Arts, Agritourism, Participatory Events, Learning Opportunities, Outdoor Events and Jam Sessions. Cultural Events focus on traditional mountain music, culture and arts and should provide authentic views into SWVA heritage and culture. The Cultural Events are meant to enhance the appreciation for what makes each community exceptional.


Mountains of Music Homecoming Cultural Event applications will be accepted online only through December 31, 2018.  The application form for proposed cultural events can be found on the event website at  Proposed cultural events will be reviewed in January and applicants will be notified of their application status by no later than January 15, 2019.


Cultural Events are promoted by The Crooked Road and its partners at no charge to the presenter. Detailed information on the Homecoming’s Cultural Events will be featured on the MoMH website, the 76-page Homecoming Guide, community programs and social media. A new feature this year is trip itineraries designed to help travelers plan their visit that include cultural events.


“For past Homecomings, Southwest Virginia’s communities hosted music and flatfoot dance workshops, local wine and craft beer tastings, woodcarving demonstrations, Indian artifact exhibits, genealogy workshops, songwriting events, scenic hikes, instrument and quilt making demonstrations, music film showings, canoe and kayak trips, wild cave tours, community storytelling, community meals, and lots of jam sessions where locals and visitors shared songs and played tunes together,” said Hinshelwood. “The cultural experiences presented in the communities are where the Homecoming spirit really shines the brightest.”


In addition to cultural experiences, Crooked Road concerts will be held throughout the Mountains of Music Homecoming.  These Crooked Road concerts present the finest traditional artists the region has to offer as well as national and international touring artists.


Experiencing The Crooked Road in Southwest Virginia


Known internationally as a mecca of old-time, bluegrass, and gospel music, the 330-mile long Crooked Road connects the home places of some of the most cherished figures in American music – the Carter Family, the Stoneman Family, the Stanley Brothers, and bluegrass pioneers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, among others – and spans a region celebrated for its beautiful landscape and seminal contributions to the nation’s art and music.


For more information about The Crooked Road’s Mountains of Music Homecoming, call 276 492-2409 or visit to sign up for e-newsletter updates.


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