Augusta Free Press

December 28 2017                                                                                                       Court Square Theater kicks off New Year with Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys                                                

Arts Council of the Valley’s Court Square Theater announces the arrival of renowned bluegrass band Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys, performing Friday, January 19.

Ralph Stanley II, son of original Clinch Mountain Boy Dr. Ralph Stanley, is a multi-award wining songwriter and musician. After being taught the banjo by Ralph Sr., Ralph II found himself captivated by the guitar, an instrument he’s been playing ever since. A 1977 video of Clinch Mountain Boys lead singer Keith Whitley inspired Ralph II to pursue music professionally, eventually leading him to join Ralph Sr. and The Clinch Mountain Boys in June 1995.

With six solo albums and two Grammy nominations for albums recorded under Rebel Records, Ralph II is no stranger to acclaim. In 2002, he earned his first Grammy nomination alongside his father for the Jim Lauderdale collaboration “Lost in the Lonesome Pines.” Now, Ralph II leads Clinch Mountain Boys John Rigsby (fiddle and mandolin), Alex Leach (banjo), and Noah brown (upright bass) for a foot stompin’ show every time.

Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys will perform at Arts Council of the Valley’s Court Square Theater on Friday, January 19th. Doors open at 6:00 PM with the show beginning at 7:00 PM. Tickets are $18 advance and $21 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 540.433.9189.

Arts Council of the Valley’s Court Square Theater is located at 41-F Court Square in Downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Augusta Free Press

December 18 2017                                                                                                       Hank Williams Tribute Show at Court Square Theater on Dec. 28             

Tribute to Hank Williams, a country, honky tonk, swingin’ extravaganza of musical friends collaborating to bring to life classic songs from the real roots of country music, is coming to Court Square Theater in Harrisonburg on Wednesday, Dec. 28.

GRAMMY® winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer host the evening with the master of the telecaster, Bill Kirchen, and Prairie Home Companion stars, Robin & Linda Williams. Add to that a fabulous band and you’ve got a great country show – one that sells out every year!

Hank Williams was a consummate country songwriter, with hits that included “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”, “Your Cheatin’ Heart”, “The Lovesick Blues” and “Jambalaya”. He died at the age of 29, on New Year’s 1953, leaving behind a legacy of songs and performances that will not be forgotten. In the six years of his recording career, Hank Williams songs created the definition of the perfect country song. This popular show brings together an all-star cast of friends who get together just once a year to celebrate the songs of a country music idol.

Bill Kirchen: The guitar slingin’, honky tonkin’, country croonin’ Kirchen has a brand new album, Transatlantica. The man is simply addicted to music, music halls, hot licks and country twang.

Robin & Linda Williams: From The Grand Ole Opry to Austin City Limits, Music City Tonight to Mountain Stage, Robin & Linda never cease to wow audiences wherever they go. “Individually their voices can melt cheese, and in duet they can do all-purpose welding.” Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer: Known for their tight harmony singing and stellar instrumentation on guitar, banjo and mandolin, winners of 2 Grammy® Awards, 60+ WAMMY Awards and 14 GRAMMY nominations. Billboard Magazine called them “As close to flawless folk/bluegrass as it gets.”

Patrick McAvinue: Patrick leads the new generation of hot fiddlers with exquisite taste and versatility.  He has just joined the bluegrass supergroup Daily & Vincent and is in the prestigious class with this year’s Artists in Residence at the Music Center at Strathmore.

Mark Schatz: Mark tours with Claire Lynch and performed with Nickel Creek, Footworks Percussion Ensemble, Tony Rice and Bela Fleck.

Tickets are $24 in advance and $28 at the door. Court Square Theater is located at 41-F Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA 22801.

For more information visit or call 540.433.9189.


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December 7 2017                                                                                                           Arts Council of the Valley Announces Smith House Galleries 2018 Exhibition Schedule                                                                

HARRISONBURG, Va. (December, 07, 2017) – Arts Council of the Valley (ACV) has dedicated
itself to providing memorable arts experiences in its Smith House Galleries. Exhibition
submissions are accepted year-round and are reviewed in late fall by board members on ACV’s Exhibitions Committee.

The Council is pleased to announce its full slate for the upcoming 2018 season:
• February – Photography from the Collection of Frank and Janet Marshman
• March – artVISION: Rockingham County Youth Art Month Show, sponsored by
Rockingham County Public Schools
• April – Kappa Pi Juried Art Show
• May – Wonder Kitten
• June – Watercolors: Jude Dayton and Peg Sheridan
• July – Elise Trissel: Suspending the Ink & Stars
• August – Rocktown Camera Club
• September – Companion Paintings by Eight JMU Fine Arts Graduates
• October – John Ros and Rob Mertens: Installation
• November – ACV’s 3rd Annual Artist Member Exhibition
• December – ACV’s Small Works Invitational

With works ranging from installation to watercolor to photography, the exhibitions are a unique visual blend. “We are so excited for the variety of works we are showcasing,” raves ACV Executive Director Jenny Burden of the forthcoming season. The 2018 season also balances emerging and established artists, a goal Burden notes the Council has committed itself to more fully in recent years.

ACV is currently seeking sponsors and musicians to support each exhibition’s opening reception on First Fridays Downtown. Related inquires may be directed to Cate Bruns at

About Arts Council of the Valley
Arts Council of the Valley (ACV) was founded in 2000 as a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to promoting and providing memorable Arts experiences in the city of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County. Since its establishment, ACV has grown into a multi-faceted community organization that fosters innovative partnerships amongst area businesses, civic organizations, schools, and artists. Today, ACV manages the

Court Square Theater and Smith House Galleries, supports childhood learning by way of the Any Given Child Harrisonburg initiative, funds local art projects through its Advancing the Arts grant program, and coordinates monthly First Fridays Downtown community gatherings. To learn more, visit


Cate Bruns or, 540.801.8779