Live Entertainment at Peaks
Blue Ridge Mountain music includes many instruments, styles, and sounds. Peaks of Otter Lodge is proud to carry on that heritage with live performances on select weekends.
And, be sure to check our Events Calendar for other lodge happenings!
Root 2 Music
Root 2 Music is the musical intersection of Deep South country blues and Celtic / Appalachian fiddle music. David Frank (guitar, harmonica, vocals) and Nancy Reid (fiddle, vocals) perform traditional and original blues with a distinctive Appalachian flavor. David and Nancy are neighbors living near milepost 91 of the Blue Ridge Parkway (Bearwallow Gap). When David moved up to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where the sounds of Nancy's fiddle had echoed for years, this duo formed a musical partnership that blends down home slide and traditional fiddle. What results is a unique blend of musical roots – Root 2 Music. Award winning duo at the Appalachian String Band Festival (Clifftop, WV) and the International Blues Challenge (Memphis, TN).
Enjoy live performances every Saturday & Thursday evening until Thanksgiving
The Singing Cowgirl
Rebecca F. Bryant is "The Singing Cowgirl" who loves playing the Autoharp and singing the old cowboy, country, and gospel songs! She has been awarded the 1st place Female Vocalist of the (VFMA) Virginia Folk Music Association of 2016 and 2nd place Autoharp Instrumental! A Virginia native, she is married to a retired professional Bullrider of the PRCA, and is a founding member of three Cowboy Fast Draw Clubs in VA - where she has been Top Gun, Club and Event Champion in the Women's Division. She sings at numerous churches, festivals, and various cowboy gatherings - like the National Day of the Cowboy in Victoria.
Enjoy live performances from The Singing Cowgirl select weekends at the lodge. Call 540-586-1081 to see if there are performances on the weekend you'll be visiting!
catherine the great
Catherine the great is the solo project of Catherine Backus, formerly one half of Athens, GA duo the Skipperdees. She writes good, sad folk songs that have won some things people care about, like the Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest. Now based in Roanoke, VA, catherine can be found all over the internet. She would love to see a photo of your dog.
No performances currently available.
NOTE: While we're busy planning, please check out our 2019 details below to get an idea of what to expect for our 2020 series!
2019 Peaks of Otter Free Music Concert Series
People have visited the Peaks of Otter for the past 8,000 years. Stop by Abbott Lake this summer to continue the tradition and enjoy a free music concert nestled under the three Peaks of Otter. For more information call the Peaks of Otter Visitor Center at 540-586-4496 (open daily 10 AM - 5 PM)
DATES: Jun 23, Jul 28, Aug 25, Sep 22
TIME: 2:00 - 4:00 PM
WHERE: Abbott Lake, Mile 86 on the Blue Ridge Parkway
Tips to Enjoy the Concerts:
- Bring a comfortable chair or blanket to enjoy the music.
- Bring a picnic meal (no alcohol) or stop by the Peaks of Otter Lodge to enjoy a meal at their restaurant (alcoholic beverages are available for purchase).
- Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to avoid sunburn.
- Visit with the Park Rangers to learn more about life long ago at the Peaks of Otter.
Jun 23 - Riddle On The Harp
Riddle on the Harp is a celtic and traditional music band made up of three women from Bedford County, VA. What started out as two neighbors learning traditional tunes from the British Isles gave birth to something more. Now a trio, the Riddle women consider their success a series of miracles. More than a decade and four CDs later, they still enjoy every opportunity to celebrate the gift of music.
Jul 28 - The McKenzies
When Woody and Marcia McKenzie moved to Lynchburg in the fall of 1998 they brought with them their unique blend of contemporary and original folk, traditional music of southern Appalachia and the British Isles, children’s music, funny songs, and even some swing and jazz standards.
Aug 25 - Gate 10
Gate 10 is a high energy band from the New River Valley of Virginia. They have found their way by performing traditional bluegrass, gospel and country music along with original music. Gate 10 is excited to travel this musical journey with a hard driving, solid style, but one that is firmly rooted in traditions with their own innovative sound. A true style of their own makes them a highly entertaining group to watch. Their stage presence is beyond their young years with their musicianship, vocals, and harmonies.
Sep 22 - The Virginia-Carolina Band
The Virginia-Carolina Band is a traditional blue grass and gospel music band made up on four musicians from Roanoke and Bedford. Henry Boitnott sings back-up vocals and plays mandolin and guitar in the group but is also a fine banjo player. Henry, along with his wife Judy, and Cammie Collier, were the founding members of Virginia Carolina in 1998. Judy sings lead and back-up vocals and plays bass with the group. Bob is the newest member of the band and plays guitar. Harvey sings lead and back-up vocals and plays banjo for the group but also plays mandolin, guitar and bass.