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Appalachian Road Show to performing at estates

By Staff | Sep 9, 2021

Visitors enjoy an outdoor concert at the Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. EDISON AND FORD WINTER ESTATES

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers will host the acoustic ensemble, Appalachian Road Show, for the first Rhythm on the River performance of the season on Oct. 29 on the Ford lawn.

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert starts at 6 p.m.

The group performs bluegrass and folk music, as well as original songs.

Band members include Grammy-nominated banjoist Barry Abernathy, Grammy-winning fiddler Jim VanCleve, vocalist and mandolinist Darrell Webb, Grammy-winning bassist Todd Phillips, and guitarist Zeb Snyder. Abernathy, VanCleve and Webb were each born and raised in Appalachia. Abernathy sang in his church as a young boy, VanCleve has played the fiddle since he was 6 years old, and Webb grew up with the influence of bluegrass music from his father.

The group’s music tells stories from the mountains and valleys of North Carolina and Virginia and the coal mines of West Virginia and Kentucky. The stories include topics of logging, coal mining, trains, and lost love in their hit songs such as the gospel-esque “I Am Just a Pilgrim” and “Little Black Train,” the kick-up-your-heels “Dance, Dance, Dance,” and the ballad of love and loss in “Anna Lee.” The performance is more than just a concert and includes telling the stories behind the songs.

The band’s first album had three number-one songs on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay charts. Then, in 2019, the band was nominated for the New Artist of the Year and Song of the Year (“Dance Dance Dance”) at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards.

Food and beverage vendors will have items available for purchase. No coolers permitted.

Free parking is available in the main Edison Ford parking lot, at 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.

Advance tickets are $30 for members and $35 for non-members; tickets at the door are $40.

Individual ticket holders should bring a lawn chair.

A new VIP seating area will be open and may be reserved by the table for $225. Each table holds up to five people; table ticket price includes the use of a table and chairs.

For more information or tickets, visit www.edisonford.org or call 239-334-7419.

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates is at 2350 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers.