Grab your banjos and shine you dancin' shoes--the 41st annual Uncle Dave Macon Days is set to kick-off at Cannonsburgh Village, Friday afternoon 1pm, July 13th and Saturday morning 9am, July 14th in historic Murfreeesboro, Tennessee. Since its small beginnings with a few enthusiasts on the Courthouse lawn in 1978, Uncle Dave Macon Days has evolved into a roots rendezvous which honors traditional American music and the career of the first superstar of the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Famer, Uncle Dave Macon. Considered one of America's premier summer events, this family-oriented festival gathers more than 20,000 people for a hearty helping of fun, southern style. Uncle Dave Macon Days was recently selected as on the Top 20 Events by the Southeastern Tourist Society and one of Tennessee's 15 Top Summer Sizzlin' events by the Tennessee Department of Tourism.
Throughout the festival's national competitions is the best in authentic old-time music and dance with participants here locally, across the nation, and worldwide. This impressive event starts Friday, July 13th and continues through July 14th. The "Motorless Parade" complete with buggies and wagons continues to be a favorite and one of Tennessee's authentic events. The parade will make its way down historic Main Street to Cannonsburgh at 10 am, on Saturday, July 14th. Other family-oriented events taking place throughout the festival include activities for children, mouth-watering local concessions, a juried arts and crafts show in Matilda Macon's Artisan Village, Dave Macon's Marketplace, and a historic photo exhibit. The village is home to more than 20 restored log structures and will feature living history demonstrations during the weekend. Visit a working blacksmith or join in with some old-fashioned shape-note singing in the little white church.
According to Eventbrite...." True forward-thinking festivals that differentiate and thrive are broadening their fan base. It's important to have cool things to do for people to immerse themselves outside the stages."
Uncle Dave Macon Days is truly a forward-thinking festival for all ages! It doesn't get any better than this according to Director, Ben Wilson, "To stroll through a reconstructed pioneer village with a cold lemonade, listening to the warm harmonies on the porches and under the trees near the banks of Town Creek in Cannonsburgh Village while experiencing the best of roots music on the main stages."
Uncle Dave Macon Days spreads the love of authentic roots music in a unique way on two stages: Macon Manor and the Dew Drop. On the Macon Manor Stage with the "Concerts After Dark" series, Friday, July 13th will feature Rhonda Vincent, Flatt Lonesome, Ralph Stanley II and the Hogslop String Band. On Saturday evening, July 14th, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage will be live on the Macon Manor Stage with special guests. Later in the evening, The Issacs, Newtown, Glade City Rounders, and The Cleverlys will continue with the best in roots music. On the Dew Drop Stage, the Dew Drop Jamboree will feature the best in Classic Country both Friday and Saturday evenings.
Saturday evening, July 14th at 5pm on the Macon Manor Stage, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will celebrate an historic appearance and record release celebration for -- "Bluegrass Legends Live at the Ryman". On stage with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage will be Mac Wiseman, Jesse McReynolds, and Bobby and Sonny Osborne. All have performed at Uncle Dave Macon Days as Heritage Award winners: Mac Wiseman, 1997, Rhonda Vincent, 2006, Jesse McReynolds, 2007, and Bobby and Sonny Osborne, 2008.
Along with the lively festival competitions, National Championships in music and dance, and extraordinary talent, the 2018 Uncle Dave Macon Days promises to be one of the best! Cannonsburgh Village is located at 312 South Front Street in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Murfreesboro is 30 minutes southeast of Nashville on Interstate 24.
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