Enjoy Bluegrass music and meet scholarship recipients at Pickin' by the Lake on September 9

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Don't miss the 5th Annual “Pickin’ by the Lake” held at the Mayo Lake Amphitheater on Saturday, September 9, 1 – 9 p.m.
This Bluegrass festival, hosted by Piedmont Community College’s (PCC) Alumni Partnership, offers a lot of pickin’ and grinnin’, as well as the opportunity to meet PCC students who have benefited from the previous success of Pickin' by the Lake through scholarship funding.

Enjoy the sounds of these 5 bands at Pickin' this year!

Lonesome River BandLonesome River Band
Led by Sammy Shelor, five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year and winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, the Lonesome River Band is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and Jesse Smathers (mandolin), with impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

Flatt Lonesome
Flatt Lonesome is a young group of pickers fresh to the scene. While deeply-rooted in bluegrass music’s historic classics, they also have an energetic flair for country sounds, progressive jams, and soul-stirring gospel music while never forsaking their traditional essence. In February, this group claimed three Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) awards (held in Nashville, TN), taking home Vocal Group of the Year and Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall), as well as Charli Robertson claiming Female Vocalist of the Year.

Salt and Light
Currently residing in Graham, NC, Salt and Light is an all-sibling Bluegrass band from a family of ten, ranging in age from 22 to 11 years old. Parker, a multi-instrumentalist whose main instrument is the banjo, may also be seen playing the guitar; Daniel holds down the fiddle spot; Morgan plays the guitar; Kyndal plays mandolin; Garrett plays bass; and Norah, who also plays fiddle. All six band members are vocalists, and take turns sharing both lead and harmony parts.

Lawson Creek Grass
Lawson Creek Grass is a six member Bluegrass band from the Alton, VA and Ruffin, NC area. The ban is made up of Starlett Boswell Austin (vocals and bass), Travis Denny (Mandolin and Dobro), Greg Long (guitar and vocals), Danny Fitts (vocals and banjo), Butch Dawson (guitar and vocals), and Joe Dawson (guitar and vocals).

Tyler Jackson and Drive Time
Local favorite Tyler Jackson and Drive Time returns to Pickin’. Jackson has been a Bluegrass staple at Pickin’ by the Lake since the first event in 2012.

1 p.m. Lawson Creek Grass
2:30 p.m. Tyler Jackson & Drive Time
4 p.m. Salt and Light
5:30 p.m. Flatt Lonesome
7 p.m. Lonesome River Band

Ticket Information
Advance tickets are $20 and available at PCC, Ronnie’s Appliances, or online at www.piedmontcc.edu/pickin. Tickets the day of the event are $25. Children under 12 are free.

Gate opens at noon. Free parking is available with courtesy golf carts driving guests from the parking lot to the amphitheater.

Food will be available for purchase from Beaver Creek BBQ, Martin Concessions, and Quida Newell. “Pickin’ by the Lake” t-shirts will also be for sale. All proceeds from the event support student scholarships at Piedmont Community College.

For additional information call Patti at (336) 322-2105 or visit www.piedmontcc.edu/pickin or

Salt and Light Photo Lawson Creek Grass Photo
Tyler Jackson and Drive Time Flatt Lonesome