Friday, May 3, the Orchard at Altapass will open its barn door for the season and welcomes Randy Flack for the inaugural performance of live traditional music at no cost.

Flack, a native of Western North Carolina, has been writing and performing since his early teens. He takes center stage at 1:45 p.m. with songs and stories that reflect his small-town Appalachian roots.

The weekend continues with performances both Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3 p.m. Music begins on Saturday with the Dollar Brothers, Barry and Wade. They grew up in a musical family in the Meat Camp community of Watauga County. Over two decades later, they continue to play traditional bluegrass together and their way. Then at 3 p.m., Southbound, out of Monroe County in Tennessee, follows through with their style of the true spirit of classic country music.

The Rockabillys start a Sunday of music at 1 p.m. with the classics—country from the 50’s through the 70’s, rock and roll and americana. Get ready to take to the floor with this native North Carolinian goodtime/dance band. Last but not at all least of the first weekend of Orchard live performances, Tru Blu takes over at 3 p.m. In their own words, “Red, hot bluegrass, slow, two-stepping classic country tunes, original songs, gospel and even some golden oldies done our way!”

If you don’t know how to do those traditional dance steps, Southbound will offer two-step lessons on Saturday and Tru Blu will demonstrate clogging on Sunday. Both start at 2:30 p.m.

The Orchard is located at 1025 Orchard Road near Spruce Pine at mile marker 328.3 on the Blue Ridge Parkway and is a not-for-profit working orchard, music, and educational venue. May hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday through Sunday. Family and pet friendly. Wheelchair accessible. Buses welcome. For information please visit, or call (828) 765-9531.

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