The Graves Mountain Community Heritage
Music Festival

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.