CHATHAM, Va. — The Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex is delighted to present the Olde Dominion Bluegrass Festival happening this fall on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

The festival will be the first of its kind here in Pittsylvania County and will celebrate what Bluegrass music means to our region. The festival will be the signature event for the Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation, a 501-c3 non-profit organization.

The mission of the Foundation is, “To promote and support regional agriculture while offering a community-based facility to educate and entertain.”

This will be the 10th anniversary celebration of the Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation and is a thank you to all the support we have received from our community throughout the years.

The headliner, legendary fiddler Michael Cleveland, has won twelve IBMA awards and a Grammy for his album, “Tall Fiddler.” Cleveland started playing at the age of four, playing with some of Bluegrass’ most well-known musicians. Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper have worked their way to the top. The Olde Dominion Bluegrass Festival looks forward to being amazed by the awesome talent that Cleveland has to offer.

ODAC is proud to have musicians from all over our region and even in our backyard perform at the Olde Dominion Bluegrass Festival. Local legend Kinney Rorrer, who hosted “Back to the Blue Ridge'' on Virginia Tech Public Radio for 16 years, and is the current host of his podcast “County Sales Radio Hour '' on Radio Bristol will be the emcee of the event. Rorrers’ band, “The New North Carolina Ramblers'' will also perform a session during the festival.

ODAC is so excited to hear their fresh take on classic bluegrass music. The festival will also include local favorites Johnny and Jeanette Williams, who have two IBMA awards and multiple songwriting awards. They specialize in  classic, but soulful folk music in a timeless style.The IBMA nominee for the Best New Artist of the Year, “High Fidelity,” is influenced by classic ‘50s and ‘60s bluegrass.

Guitarist and lead vocalist, Jeremy Stephens, is originally from Pittsylvania County. ODAC will fill out their lineup with Jus’ Cauz, Bubba Reynolds Bluegrass Band, and Bearded Whiskey.

Festival Lineup:

Bubba Reynolds Band

Jus’ Cauz Bluegrass Band

Bearded Whiskey

The New North Carolina Ramblers

Johnny & Jeanette Williams

High Fidelity

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper

At the festival, guests can browse the offerings of local artisans, eat delicious food, and sit back and listen to some awesome music! The festival will be held inside the arena of the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex.

“We feel the addition of a bluegrass/folk festival fits in our overall mission, celebrates our heritage, while providing the community with an economic asset. Traditional music festivals draw people throughout the region and also will provide a platform for local artisans and musicians to showcase their talents,” said John Harris, executive director of the Olde Dominion Agricultural Foundation.

The Olde Dominion Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by Mountain Valley Pipeline, MVP Southgate, Southland Dairy, Davenport Energy, and Carter Bank and Trust.

Tickets are now on sale at www.theodac.com. For more information, please call the Olde Dominion Agricultural Complex at 434-432-8026.

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