Music Continues Weekly Throughout the Year
at Graves Mountain Farm & Lodges

Friday Nights
Open mic night around the campfire with Ellen Nagase and Smokin’ Trout hosting – 7:30 PM On
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Saturday Nights
Smokin’ Trout – our local Bluegrass and Old Time Trio – 5:30 – 8:00 PM or Whenever
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Bluegrass Jams in the Campground
Aug 19-20
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And what will the 2023 Festival be?
Logo Music Festival - Graves Mountain

The Graves Mountain Community Heritage
Music Festival
2023Logo Music Festival – Graves Mountain

It’s Back to Blue Ridge Mountain Roots
With Our Community of Musicians

Living LOCAL
June 1 to 4, 2023 

Supported by the Graves Mountain Charitable Fund
– a non-profit – assisting  Youth Education from Farming to Mountain Heritage

3 Days of Music, Jamming, Workshops, and Learning How to Jam with the Easy Wernick Method –
Workshops taught by regular jammers – Vince May and Team along with Valerie Smith.

Then Mountain Adventuring for all ages.

What’s changing this year?
We’re going back to our roots – the Campers’ Community Stage will be based in a big tent with a simple platform stage. By keeping production costs down, we’ll keep prices down. This year the low pass fee will include camping and be a donation to the Graves Mountain Charitable Fund. Youth 15 and under will be free. This is a long weekend for families to make music.

Charity This Year
This year all added proceeds go to youth education and is supported by the Graves Mountain Charitable Fund. Graves Mountain is  now supporting music year round on its 1800 acre  centuries old farm by the Blue Ridge with live local music making from Appalachian to symphonic camps, while hosting  jams and open mic nights.

On the Campers’ Community Stage


General and Youth Bluegrass Band Competition
with winners showcased on Saturday.
Rules will  be out in December, including Band and Solo entrance fees plus Prizes.
Categories include Instrument and Bands

Friday –  Tentative Times 

1:00 Welcome & National Anthem
1-1:50 TBD.
2-2:50 Ellen & Smokin’ Trout- Madison, Va,
3-3:50 Dark Hollow- Madison, Va,
4-4:50 Just Wingin’ It- Fredericksburg, Va,
5-6:00 Evening Break
6-6:50 TBD
7-7:50 Ellen & Smokin’ Trout
8-8:50 Dark Hollow
9-9:50 Just Wingin’ it
10-10:45 Jam band

 Living LOCAL, plus Mountain to Mat Adventures

Saturday – Tentative Times

1:00 Welcome & National Anthem (local singer)
1-1:50 Virginia Rain – Luray, Va
2-2:50 Rose River Ramblers, Powhatan, Va
3-3:50 The Virginia Ramblers, Charlottesville, Va
4-4:50 Winner of Band Competition (one set)
5-5:50 Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Somerset, Va
6-7:00 Evening Break
7-7:50 Virginia Rain
8-8:45 Rose River Ramblers
9-9:45 The Virginia Ramblers
10-10:45 Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Somerset, Va

–  Workshops with Valerie Smith, Valerie Smith Band with the Liberty Pike Band, plus Mountain to Mat Adventures


Mat Adventures, while  at the Main Lodge, Big Breakfast, giving thanks, Front Porch Feedback, and Fried Chicken Lunch to get us all back to home (slowly).

And Every Day “Living LOCAL”

Jammers Tent
going strong as ever
Jammers Learning
to join in with the Wernick Method Workshops and One on Ones

The Farm
– crops and animals

59 Mountain to Mat Activities – from yoga to nature hikes with cycling and horseback riding
– along with Farm Animals, learning adventures, organic gardening, fly fishing, cycling through the foothills, mountain biking course

Farm to Table fare at the Farm Restaurant
Exploring our Living LOCAL foods, southern comfort food updates, farmhouse baking, fine Living LOCAL wines and our own Hard Cider.

Real Food and Festival Snacks
Foods and Snacks in the Campground and at the Market Deli & Tackle – yes the Milkshakes will be there. And our Living LOCAL Farm Restaurant – Farm to Table.

Affordable Camping and Festival Combo Tickets – Kids Free as Always
Camping and all events except horseback riding, meals, pool fee will be a low per person per day/night fee with youth 15  years and under FREE. Details in November. Glamping Tents, Lodge Rooms and Cabins also available.

Available in November. Thank you.

Graves Mountain Charitable Fund
– supporting youth music making, youth education, youth farming, and heritage music through the years.

The Festival Area
The Graves Family Farm of 1800 Acres

Meadows, walnut and oak trees, the streams, horses, cattle, goats – are all framed by the Blue Ridge Mountains just there at the edge of the camping fields.

Graves Mountain Heritage Community Music Festival

The campers and day festers know

The stream is waiting for a dunk or a fishing rod – for many both.

They can count on the same “old style” Southern cooking with Margaret, Margie, James, Gail & the Restaurant Team doing  Farm to Table up in the Farm Restaurant.

Down by the stage there is the usual festival food and drink plus the bonus of special menus by Gail, Kevin, Joyce and the Festival Team working the grill.

2nd Stage – this year we add a stage down by the Market, Deli & Tackle for local VA Bluegrass on Fri & Sat – PM and Eve.

The New Cafe tent’s smoker and grill and salad options.

The Beer, Wine & Cider Tent is yet another NEW addition. Craft brews by  Beer Hound, Hard Cider – Original “Squeeze” – by the farm, and fine wines by our neighbors, DuCard.

It’s all about Living LOCAL

The Meadoes Pond - Bass & Catfish Fishing

The Meadows Pond – Bass & Catfish Fishing

Chickens for Egg Collecting - at Graves Mountain Music festival

Chickens for Egg Collecting – at Graves Mountain Music festival






Yoga Classes




Kids Activities


Massage Escapes




Mountain Adventures


Streams & Ponds



LODGING - 55 Lodge Rooms & 19 CABINS | Camping for 1000 | 550 Hotel Rooms within 35 Mins




We have many volunteers, as you can imagine after 29 years of music making and we are thrilled to welcome new ones.

If you, too, would like to volunteer next year, please email us at volunteer@gravesmountainmusic.com.


WAY MORE THAN MUSIC - 59 Activities for Adventure and Fun in the Blue Ridge and at on the FARM



Sit-down Restaurant Family Style Southern – Farm to Table

Just across the Rose River and up the hill is the Farm Restaurant where there is our breakfast and dinner restaurant with  a contemporary Farm to Table kitchen along with a Kids’ Menu and Kids’ pricing.

See the Farm Restaurant

Festival Fare for 2023

Three Options
#1 Farm Restaurant
#2 –
Pop-Pop Food Truck – hot sandwiches and Festival Fare
#3 – Market Deli – with Hot and cold Sandwiches, Famous Meatloaf BLT,
Mac-n-Cheese, Prepared Foods

See the NEW Market, Deli & Tackle



We welcome you to contact us for more information
about our event.