Concerts at the Rock

Merle Monroe with Nu Blu

February 15, 2020: NU BLU- Hailing from Siler City, NC, the textbook definition of a picturesque small southern town, Nu-Blu’s heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn’s caramel-coated soprano is one of the band’s defining traits, at times a tender lullaby, at times a freight train headed straight for you, but always unwinding a surprising tale. Daniel is the group’s backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who also handles band management. Austin Hefflefinger on banjo, and Justin Harrison on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet’s warm, layered, American roots sound that builds to a full country sound. Together they deliver upbeat, blazing-fingers pick work just as well as gentle, heartwarming ballads, and they do it all with a natural togetherness that can’t be faked, forged over hundreds of shows on the road.

MERLE MONROE: Pinecastle recording artists Merle Monroe is a band created by musicians Tim Raybon and Daniel Grindstaff. Basing their sounds from collective experiences as professionals in the music business, which essentially is a mix of vocally centered hard-driving bluegrass all the way to a tear at your heartstrings Merle Haggard style ballad. Merle Monroe believes Bluegrass, Gospel and Traditional Country music is America’s music, the stories of the common man and the sounds of the mountains.

Tickets $20 per person

Carolina Blue

March 7, 2020: Carolina Blue is a Brevard, NC based band whose roots run deep in the tradition of Bill Monroe. 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. Their most recent Pinecastle Records release, I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me, debuted on Billboard's Top 5 Bluegrass Albums chart, has just recently made its debut on the National Bluegrass Survey's Top 15 Albums chart, and has produced their #1 hit song, "Rusty Rails." 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 $20 in advance & $25 at the door

2020-2021 Season TBA

The upcoming season will be announced in May. Season Tickets will go on sale in June. We look forward to seeing you next season!

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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 2019-2020 season and are happy to bring it to you. The handicap entrance is located at the side of the building (elevator).

Special Pricing:

Season Tickets - 2019-2020 concert season are now on sale. Tickets are $100 per person! Each season ticket holder will also receive a reserved seat of their choice for the season.
Purchase Season Tickets Online Here

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!** 

Tickets Available: 
Call 828-879-2129 by Visa or MasterCard 
Online - Link next to each concert listing
*Schedule subject to change*

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