Concerts at the Rock

October 9, 2021

Lonesome River Band will take the Old Rock School stage on October 9th at 7:30pm. Since its formation 37 years ago, the award-winning Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected names in Bluegrass music. Whether performing on the famous stage of the Grand Ole Opry or headlining major concert events & festivals, their loyal fans continue to support one of the most loved and most influential acts of our time.

Lonesome River Band’s vocal and instrumental talents seamlessly come together as they perform their trademark sound that fans continue to embrace. The outstanding lead vocals and harmony by acclaimed singer-songwriter Brandon Rickman (guitar) and the 2017 IBMA Momentum Award Vocalist of the Year Jesse Smathers (mandolin) are pure magic and put over the top by the exceptional instrumentals of fiddle extraordinaire Mike Hartgrove, top-tier bassist Barry Reed; and five-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year and Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer Sammy Shelor.

Tickets $20 in advance & $25 at the door. Tickets available for purchase on August 1st, 2020.

November 6, 2021

Back by popular demand! Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver will join us at the Rock School on November 6, 2021 at 7:30pm.

Doyle: I have been hosting the Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver festival in Denton, NC for more than twenty-five years. A few years ago we started a golf tournament on Thursday, the week of the festival. I'd like to be able to say we were defending our title every year, but we aren't. (Just wishing) The gospel music that we record and perform on stage has always been important to me. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have made many more gospel recordings than secular ones. It is apparent to me that the folks who buy our music and come to our concerts feel, as I do, that there is no better message than the message of Jesus Christ. On the first Sunday of May, in 1985, I rededicated my life to our Lord Jesus. It is my fervent hope that my "musical mission" will lead others to Him.

Tickets $25 in advance & $30 at the door. Tickets available for purchase on August 1st, 2020.

December 4, 2021

The Old Rock School will welcome Sister Sadie on December 4, 2021 at 7:30pm.

Dale Ann Bradley is 5 time IBMA Female Vocalist of the year & brings her beautiful heartfelt vocals to us, along with her special talent of finding songs from other genres and changing them to fit our style of music. ​Playing mandolin for Sister Sadie is none other than the very talented and soulful Tina Adair. Tina has been a female vocalist nominee and is such a powerful singer and musician. She brings a youthful confidence to our group. ​Joining us on fiddle is the always charismatic Deanie Richardson. If you've never seen Deanie play live, you're in for such a treat. She commands the stage like no other. Deanie has performed with Bob Seger, The Chieftains, Vince Gill and Patty Loveless. ​On banjo, we have Gena Britt who comes from the great state of North Carolina has played with several critically acclaimed bluegrass bands over the years & is known for her solid & tasteful banjo playing. ​Put us all together and we're SISTER SADIE. We can't wait to share our music with you!!

Tickets $20 in advance & $25 at the door. Tickets available for purchase on August 1st, 2020.

January 8, 2022

The Rock School will welcome back Merle Monroe on January 8, 2022 at 7:30pm.

Combining the musical styles of the Father of Bluegrass with the Okie from Muskogee is an exciting proposition. Feeling that “Bluegrass and Traditional Country music is America’s music, the stories of the common man and the sounds of the mountains,” Tim Raybon and Daniel Grindstaff have formed the new band Merle Monroe.

Tim and Daniel first met in the mid 2000’s when Daniel was performing with Marty Raybon at IBMA Fan Fest. They had only a short time to rehearse before they performed their set, but Tim will always remember his first impression of Daniel: “He was the best banjo player I had ever heard and an adamant professional.” Daniel recalls that since first hearing Tim Raybon, “I have held his vocal abilities as being one of the best-kept secrets in the music business.” From the beginning they held a common bond in their love of the Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse, and Bill Monroe; they hit it off and have remained friends ever since. Stay tuned to Merle Monroe as their momentum continues to soar!

Tickets $20 in advance & $25 at the door. Tickets available for purchase now.

February 5, 2022

Concerts at the Rock presents Darin & Brooke Aldridge at the Old Rock School as part of the 2021-2022 season.

Husband and wife duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge draw on the traditions of their native North Carolina, the savvy of a young, gifted band and their own dedication to ingenuity to create the most adventurous album of their career with their latest critically acclaimed release, Inner Journey.

There’s a lot about the new generation of bluegrass that sure is inspiring. And Darin and Brooke are two of my favorites of this great new generation. I’m flattered that they included me in their new record and even better, to find out they are equally as great as people”. ~Vince Gill

“Brooke asserts herself as one of the more powerful female vocalists on the scene…” ~Relix Magazine

“Husband and wife duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge have carved out one of the fastest rising careers on the acoustic music scene today.” ~Billboard Magazine

The duo has placed several tracks at the top of the charts on Roots, SiriusXM, Bluegrass and Gospel charts. They have received multiple nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and Inspirational Country Music (ICM). Their music videos “Wildflower” and “Tennessee Flat Top Box” and most recently “Every Time You Leave” were heavily featured on outlets including CMT, CMT Edge, GAC, Bluegrass Ridge TV and The Bluegrass Situation. TV appearances include PBS, Great American Gospel, The Bluegrass Road, RFD-TV, Blue Highways TV, Songs of the Mountain, Woodsongs, Larry’s Country Diner and Music City Roots.

2020 saw the power duo land multiple Top 10 singles as well as hold the #1 slot on the Roots Music Reports “Top 50 Contemporary Bluegrass Chart” 5 out of 6 weeks in a row over the Summer. And on October 1st, Brooke was named the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Female Vocalist of the Year for the 4th consecutive year. This tied her with the legendary Alison Krauss for the third most Female Vocalist wins in total and second most consecutive wins in the association’s history behind legend and Grand Ole Opry member Rhonda Vincent.

March 19, 2022

What a show this will be! The Malpass Brothers join Carolina Blue for a night you're sure not to forget! March 19, 2022 at 7:30pm will close out the season.

The Malpass Brothers: As young boys, Christopher and Taylor Malpass soaked up the music of their granddad’s phonograph records. Christopher earned his first talent show trophy at age 7, and Taylor was playing mandolin by the time he was 10. Today, they promote the work and music of classic country artists they treasure while creating new music and making their own mark in the lineage of a rich American cultural heritage.

Carolina Blue: The band was formed in 2007 after the release of the album Nothing So Blue by Bobby Powell and Tim Jones. Carolina Blue won the South Carolina state bluegrass championship at RenoFest in 2011. They also received their first Vocal Group of The Year Nomination at the 2018 SPBGMA Awards Show. They have appeared on the hit TV show “Song Of The Mountains” as well as “The Bluegrass Trail” series on RFDTV. The band's repertoire consists of original songs, many bluegrass favorites, and gospel, too, all done in the traditional style. Band members are Bobby Powell on guitar and vocals, Timmy Jones on mandolin and vocals, Reese Combs on upright bass and vocals, James McDowell on banjo and vocals, as well as American and Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion, Aynsley Porchak on fiddle, a recipient of the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Instrumentalist Award.

Tickets $30 in advance & $35 at the door. Tickets available for purchase on August 1st, 2020.

Old Rock School Auditorium 400 Main Street West Valdese, NC 28690

The Old Rock School in Valdese, North Carolina has become well-known throughout the nation for its outstanding bluegrass concerts. The 500 seat auditorium is the perfect place to hear all of your favorites. All of us at the Old Rock School are very excited about the 2021 season featuring bands that have never performed at the Rock before, mixed with classic favorites. The handicap entrance is located at the side of the building (elevator).



To pick your reserved seat or seats, call 828-879-2129, email or stop by the Old Rock School Main Office.


*Please note: you can only choose seats after purchasing a season ticket, this chart is not updated as season tickets are sold- check with the CA Office for seat availability.

Veteran Discount - $2 off per ticket with valid ID (Discount not valid on season tickets)

Children - $2 off for ages under 12

**Must call or purchase tickets in person to receive special ticket pricing. Discount rates not available for online ticket sales. Discounts only valid for presale ticket purchases!** 

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*Schedule subject to change*

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