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The Foothills Hayride is a musical experience in Stokes County that contributes to the promotion of local musicians and the venues in which they perform. Musical gatherings such as the Foothills Hayride have been going on for some time. It is our goal to assist those in search of quality Bluegrass and Old Time music. Additionally, the Hayride periodically gathers to sponsor large events such as Royce's Music Jam and The Stokes Stomp in Danbury, NC.


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Kripple KrunkKrippleKrunk in Concert - Sunday, May 4th at King Central Park 5-7pm

A public concert by the traditional instrumental phenomenon known as "Kripplekrunk" will take place on Sunday, May 4 at the King Central Park Amphitheatre, 302 Kirby Road in King, North Carolina.  Gates open at 4pm with the two hour concert beginning at 5pm.  Advance Tickets for Adults are $11 each, and Day of Event Adult Tickets $21 each.  Children ages 12-18 Day of Event Tickets only $5 each, with Children Under 12 FREE Admission.
In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be moved to the King Elementary Gymnasium located adjacent to King Central Park at 152 E. School Street, King, NC.  Buy tickets online at: brownpapertickets.com/event/639019

Rex McGee, John Garris, Danny Knicely, Nate Leath, Dennis Lee, Bobby Martin - Kripplekrunk started when multi-instrumentalist Rex McGee convinced friends from his annual trips to the Galax Old Fiddler's Convention to do a jam session styled studio recording featuring original instrumentals. Some of those tunes go back to the 1980's when mandolin player Danny Knicely and guitarist John Garris pitched camp near Rex and produced a magnetic draw for the more adventurous players visiting this festival. Galax had a tradition as a nuclear core of Appalachian string band music, but a dedicated group of fans sprung up who were always ready to see what holy cow would get tipped over next. Sometimes perfectly good old-time and bluegrass tunes were transformed, other times popular music of the day was given bluegrass styled treatments.

This went on for years and eventually got the attention of a young Nate Leath fiddling his way through middle and high school and finally Berklee School of Music. Dennis Lee had developed his chops for years and proved to be one of very few acoustic bass players capable of stepping outside easily labeled musical worlds. Bobby Martin sat down with the group in 2011 and brushed rhythm, ancient tone and sometimes pure energy from a cajón, a six sided, box-shaped percussion instrument originally from Peru. After the 2012 meeting at Galax the encouragement from fans spurred Rex to set up the recording session. The project would be a veritable sampler of stylistic sampler echoing bluegrass, old-time, new acoustic, celtic, cajon, R&B, southern rock, swing, jazz, and world music . . . sometimes all in one tune.

Though the CD could have been the end of the story, a growing chorus of fans wanted more. Though each of the individuals have other musical collaborations, they decided the possibility of a few shows on the road as Kripplekrunk each year might be fun and stood a chance of finding a larger audience than expected for their genre blending, spontaneous displays of individual and group virtuosity.

Jammin' at the Danbury General Store - FREE EVENT

201 Main Street, Danbury, NC 27016 336-593-8780

May 2nd - 36 Degrees North
36 Degrees North is a regional Band in the Piedmont Triad. Their music is a blend of traditional, modern, original, & gospel bluegrass!
(Start Time – 7:00)

May 9th - Mason Via & Friends
Mason Via is a talented young musician/singer/songwriter on his rise to stardom! Mason & Friends play a wide variety of music including Soulful Acoustics, R&B, Funky Folk, Indie Blues/Jazz!
(Start Time – 6:30)

May 16th - RainJacket
RainJacket will take you back in time to the days when sock hops were hip and James Dean was king; with music by the Beatles, Elvis, Buddy Holly, CCR, Temptations, and more!
(Start Time – 6:30)

May 23rd - Russell John Lapinski & Co.
Russell is a local Stokes County musician that has performed in our area for several years. He plays in many different styles, & is sometimes accompanied by some other talented local musicians!
( Start Time – 6:30)

May 30th - Travis Frye & Blue Mountain
Travis Frye & Blue Mountain is a bluegrass band that honors the roots of bluegrass, yet with a modern twist. The band incorporates fiddle and banjo tunes, as well as some modern country, bluegrass, gospel, & original material!
(Start Time – 6:30)


Bring a Chair & Your Friends!!! Grill Open w/Specials Available!!!


(Free Event)

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The Stokes County Arts Council continues to expand and to successfully present high quality arts and arts education programming for Stokes County citizens. Our programs create shared and lasting experiences that connect the participants to their heritage. The Stokes County Arts Council is committed to the promotion and support of the Arts through our current goals to:

  • Support local artists and provide a means to promote their work
  • Facilitate quality arts education programs in all Stokes County Schools
  • Educate and provide opportunities for life-long learning for all citizens
  • Target and identify Arts needs in the community
  • Form meaningful community partnerships


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