Be they bangin’ on a garbage can drum or head bobbin’ to a “kid hop” beat, these headliners at next Saturday’s Playhouse Family Music Festival defy “kid’s music” labels and produce songs that both adults and kids can enjoy without embarrassment. Winner of a Parents’ Choice award, Asheville-based Billy Jonas returns to the Playhouse Family Music Festival in Sugar Grove, NC on Saturday, August 16th. Jonas will be joined by fellow Asheville denizen Secret Agent 23 Skidoo, who has the number one song on XM Kids’ Radio.
The Playhouse Family Music Festival will be held from 10 am-5 pm on Saturday, August 16th at the Historic Cove Creek School in Sugar Grove, North Carolina, just seven miles west of Boone.
Praised by The New York Times and Family Fun, Billy Jonas is a favorite of Alison Krauss, who says, “Billy Jonas’ talent and wit make him and his music irresistible. Whenever I see him perform, my face hurts from smiling.”
Secret Agent 23 Skidoo has been hailed for his “complex rhythms, sophisticated chord progressions and fast-paced verse—not to mention dragons, robots and mermaids.”
Jonas and Skidoo are joined at the festival by local favorites the Lost Ridge Band and fiddlers the Forget-Me-Nots.
In addition to music, festival-goers will enjoy airwalks, art activities, Humane Society petting zoo, fire engine, water play, old-fashioned games, the Be-Active van, and kids’ craft market, plus food provided by Earth Fare, Bandanas, and Cove Creek Farm.
Tickets are $13 for adults and $6 for children. For more information, see www.goPlayhouse.org or by calling 828-263-0011. All proceeds benefit The Children’s Playhouse, a nonprofit children’s museum based in Boone.
Playhouse Family Music Festival Schedule
10:00 Appalachian Rhythm
11:00 Secret Agent 23 Skidoo
12:15 the Forget-Me-Nots
1:30 High Country Cloggers
2:30 Lost Ridge
4:00 Billy Jonas
10:30 “Jack Tales,” Blowing Rock Stage Company
1:00 the BDBs from Todd
2:00 Mystic Mountain Belly Dance with special guests from “The Lost Jewels”
3:30 “Jason’s Dream” Elkland Art Center Puppet Troupe
No need to fear the sun or rain at this festival–there will be tents and shelters for all performances and activities, thanks in part to Boone Rent-All and dermatologist Dr. Maggie Sparks. In the event of heavy rain, the gymnasium will be used for performances.
Major sponsors are Watauga County Tourism Development Authority, Drs. Morehouse & Lada, Boone Mall, Boone Rent-All, Children’s Council of Watauga Co, Earth Fare, Foscoe Rentals, & M-Prints. Contributing sponsors are BREMCO; Boone Drug; Cove Creek Development Association; Elkland Art Center; GDS Inc; Mr. Jackie Mast; Mast General Store; Skyline/Sky Best; Stick Boy; Michael Goopta Acupuncture; Drs. Mayhew, Conn, Scheffler and Hardaway; and Watauga County Recycling. Media Sponsors are Aisling Broadcasting, High Country Media, High Country Press, High Country Mom Squad, MTN TV, Ray’s Weather Center, WASU, WECR, WETS, WNCW, & WPVM. Festival friends include Blue Ridge Electric Membership Corporation, Alpine Ski Shop, Blue Ridge Learning Centers, Dr. Maggie Sparks, and Highlands Union Bank.
About The Children’s Playhouse
Situated at 400 Tracy Circle near downtown Boone, nonprofit children’s museum The Children’s Playhouse provides children from birth to age eight with an enriching play environment while at the same time offering their parents friendly support in the important job of raising children. Admission is $5 per person. Infants under 1 year are free.