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                                                                   Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
                                                                      An Appalachian Summer Festival
                                                                          Appalachian State University
                                                                                       PO Box 32045
                                                                               Boone, NC 28608-2045
                                                               828-262-6084 (ph) 828-262-2848 (fax)
May 18, 2010
For More Information Contact: Megan Stage, Marketing Manager, 828-262-6084 x105
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  An Appalachian Summer Festival brings the old and new of bluegrass
          with Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys
                    and Cherryholmes on July 30
BOONE, NC— Appalachian State University’s renowned summer arts attraction, An Appalachian
Summer Festival, presents the classic veterans of mountain music, “Dr. Ralph” Stanley & The Clinch
Mountain Boys, and new kids on the bluegrass block, Cherryholmes, to the festival stage at Farthing
Auditorium on Friday, July 30. at 8 p.m.

Nothing goes better with a summer evening in the mountains than this incomparable blend of the old
and new sounds of bluegrass. The performance is generously supported by SkyBest Communications,
La Quinta Inn and Suites of Boone, Mast General Store and part of the Schaefer Popular Series.

About Ralph Stanley:
At the age of 83, Ralph Stanley is still belting out favorites such as “Man of Constant Sorrow” and “Oh
Death” with as much vivacity as the first day he performed them. Stanley has been performing
professionally since he and his older brother, Carter, formed a band in their native southwestern Virginia
in 1946. After Carter’s death, Stanley shifted the band’s musical emphasis from hard-driving bluegrass
to an older, sadder, less adorned mountain style. This new found sound led Stanley to become the first
artist of the new millennium to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 2000.

Ralph Stanley still lives near the spot where he was born in a mountainous, tucked-away corner near the
rugged Virginia-Tennessee border. It remains his cherished retreat from the rigors of the road and the
150-plus shows he continues to do each year.

About Cherryholmes:
Joining Stanley on the stage is the four-time Grammy Award-nominated Cherryholmes. A family band
with a refreshing sound, they bring Celtic and jazz roots to the bluegrass scene. Cherryholmes won the
International Bluegrass Music Association Award for Entertainer of the Year in 2005, and stormed to
the top of the music world. With hit songs such as “Black and White,” “Don’t Believe” and “This is My
Son,” Newsweek claims that “Cherryholmes explodes with exuberant fiddle, expert banjo, and

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passionate harmonies.”

Additional Festival Events:
In addition to the Ralph Stanley and Cherryholmes performance on July 30, the festival hosts a full slate
of the finest artistic talent between July 1 and July 30, including the Eastern Festival Orchestra with
Barry Douglas, piano (July 11) and Tianwa Yang, violin (July 18); Patti LuPone (July 17); Golden
Dragon Acrobats (July 10); Janis Ian and Karla Bonoff (July 1); Amy Sedaris (July 9); the Broyhill
Chamber Ensemble Concert Series (July 7, 14, and 25); John Pizzarelli and Swing 7 (July 22); Lar
Lubovitch Dance Company (July 16); the Festival Celebration Concert with Blood, Sweat and Tears
(July 24); a Festival Faculty Showcase Concert (July 3); the 24th Annual Rosen Outdoor Sculpture
Competition & Exhibition; “Jazz Beneath the Starts at Westglow” featuring Todd Wright Jazz
Orchestra (July 29); films, lectures, workshops and several special events, including Family Day at the
Turchin Center and a spectacular silent auction.

An Appalachian Summer Festival’s success is due in large part to generous support from loyal private
donors, as well as a dedicated group of corporate and media sponsors, many of whom have supported
the festival for more than a decade. Festival sponsors include: Westglow Resort and Spa, Blue Ridge
Electric Membership Corporation, SkyBest Communications, Inc., McDonald’s of Boone, Northern
Trust, Mast General Store, LaQuinta Inn & Suites of Boone, Allen Wealth Management, Storie Street
Grille, Nationwide Insurance Company/Park Terrell Agency, Boone Tourism Development Authority,
Footsloggers Outdoor & Travel Outfitters, Peabody’s Wine & Beer Merchants, Chetola Resort, the
Broyhill Inn and Conference Center, Scholarship Bookshop at the University Bookstore, WBTV,
WCYB, Charter Media, the Mountain Times, All About Women magazine, the Winston-Salem Journal,
the High Country Press, WNC Magazine, Mac 100.7FM, Mix 102.3FM, WHKY AM 1290 Talk Radio
and WHKY-TVDT, Mountain Television Network, WDAV 89.9FM, WFDD 88.5FM, WETS 89.5FM,
WNCW 88.8FM, and WASU 90.5FM.

Ticket Information:
Tickets to An Appalachian Summer Festival performances range from $5 - $30. Most visual arts and
educational events are free of charge. The festival’s popular “Pick 5” pass discounts tickets purchased
in multiples of five (some restrictions apply). For tickets and information, call 800-841-ARTS(2787) or
828-262-4046 (M-F, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.) or visit
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