Dr. Ralph Stanley (contributed)
There will be no tricks, only musical treats when Bristol, Tennessee venue, Machiavelli’s, stretches Halloween clear into November with a four-day music event that concludes with what could be the last chance to see Dr. Ralph Stanley perform in Bristol. Machiavelli’s Under the Tent Halloween event runs today through Sunday.
“The lineup of performers we have scheduled to appear is incredible,” Justin Peters, owner of Machiavelli’s, said. “For four days, those in attendance will have the opportunity to hear both established performers who have garnered national acclaim, as well as emerging artists whose careers are poised for launch. In either case, not only does this event speak volumes about the caliber of musicians who look forward to playing in Bristol, but it also is high praise indeed of the impact Dr. Ralph’s life has had on the music industry.”
The event kicked off on Thursday, but continues today as East Tennessee State Bluegrass program alumni The Twang Bangers, prepare to share the evening with genre cross-through genius Dave Eggar and close collaborators, the Craig Street Ramblers. Saturday opens with Johnson City band, this mountain, the iconic Jim Lauderdale and the return of Eggar and Kentucky group, the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys.
The music gets underway at 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.
The Dr. Ralph Stanley Farewell Tour begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, November 3, with performances by Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, Lauderdale and Eggar. Bluegrass legend Stanley launched his final tour this month, and it spans an entire year through December 2014. The 80-plus-date excursion is billed as the Man of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell. The tour will coincide with Stanley’s 67th year of performing.
Stanley and Lauderdale collaborated on two Grammy Award- winning albums, “I Feel Like Singing Today” in 2000, and “Lost in the Lonesome Pines” in 2002. Eggar and Stanley collaborated on the Grammy-nominated album in 2010, “Kingston Morning.”
Tickets are $15 for single-day pass, $30 three-day pass and $30 for Sunday only. Tickets are available at Machiavelli’s, 8 Fifth Street, Bristol, TN, or online at brownpapertickets.com. For more information, call Machiavelli’s at 573-9955.
A reception for Stanley will also be held on Sunday following the show at 618 State St., Bristol. A table for six for this intimate event can be reserved for $500. Contact Machiavelli’s at 573-9955 for additional information.