Here’s hoping for the best for the 2016 Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival. The first day, Wednesday, September 21 looks a little iffy, but once we get past that, the weather seems to be cooperating, and Roanoke Island Festival Park is one of the most beautiful places anywhere for an outdoor concert.
Hope the weather does cooperate too, because local promoter Cory Hemilright has put together an amazing lineup of talent.
Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will be performing twice—she’ll take the stage at 4:00 on Thursday and then takes the stage again at 7:45 on Friday evening.
There’s great music all four days, but Thursday may be one day to really think about coming. Steep Canyon Rangers are on tap for a 7:45 performance that evening. Steep Canyon is one of the best bluegrass bands around—they’re the sometimes band for comedian Steve Martin, who is really good on banjo. Sometimes band means sometimes he sits in with them, but not very often.
After Steep Canyon, there’s a benefit concert for guitarist Tony Rice. Rice, his fingers now crippled by arthritis, was considered by many in the bluegrass world to one of the best if not the best at a style of playing called flatpicking.
Rice played with just about everyone, so it will be interesting to see who shows up.
There are also some great headliners topping the bill on Friday and Saturday with Gene Watson on Friday night and the Soggy Bottom Boys ending the festival on Saturday night.