Wayne Henderson, Helen White and Herb Key
Open the 2019 Backstreet Concert Series on Friday, May 31, 2019
Concert Number 1 of 10 Concerts May 31-August 30
For More info: Jane Lonon 336-846-2787
First up for the 2019 Backstreet Concert Series sponsored by the West Jefferson Community Partnership in downtown West Jefferson is Wayne Henderson, Helen White, and Herb Key. This first concert is individually sponsored by the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce. The band will perform at the Backstreet Park on Friday, May 31 starting at 5:30 p.m. and ending at 7:00 p.m. The concert is free. In the event of rain, the concert will move to the Ashe Arts Center three blocks east of the Backstreet Park.
Wayne and Helen have toured together for years and are well-known not only in this region of the mountains, but all over the world. Wayne has played Carnegie Hall in New York City, Asia and Europe, but he still finds time to play for his neighbors in Ashe County, just a short drive from his home in Grayson County. He is also a luthier, a maker of guitars and mandolins, with a waiting list of years to get his handmade instruments.
Helen is the founder of Junior Appalachian Musicians, a mountain-based program that introduces music to young people to keep the traditional sounds alive and as part of their heritage. She also enjoys writing music for children.
Herb grew up in a musical family in Wilkes County. He has played music for most of his life and has spent more than thirty years making, repairing, and restoring instruments. He has been interested in music all of his life, and he grew up listening to old Carter Family recordings, mesmerized with Mother Maybelle’s guitar playing.
The West Jefferson Community Partnership is an organization made up of businesses, non-profits and individuals interested in promoting the town of West Jefferson. It meets at City Hall at 8:30 a.m. on the fourth Friday of every month. People interested in getting involved in the town are invited to attend. Participating organizations include Ashe County Arts Council, Ashe County Chamber of Commerce, Ashe County Public Library, Keep Ashe Beautiful, Christmas in July, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Keep Ashe Beautiful, The Hotel Tavern, West Jefferson Tourism Development Authority, Town of West Jefferson, and West Jefferson Business Association.
For a complete calendar of events taking place in West Jefferson, visit http://visitwestjefferson.org/.