You will never forget what we sound like. With an avid three-state following, our public radio station WNCW 88.7 FM sets the tone for our music. Famous for an eclectic line-up of performers and genres – from emerging rock to traditional bluegrass to the Grateful Dead and gospel – the station also offers original shows such as Frank on Friday™, spotlighting the master of the avant-garde Frank Zappa.
Listen as you drive in, and then sample live sets at venues and events just as diverse:
– On Friday nights, show up for a bluegrass fix at Music at the Mills at the Union Mills Learning Center.
– Join a local bluegrass jam at Becky’s Country Store & Grille in Bostic. Call 828-245-1733 for times.
Catch the Spring and Summer Symphony of Rutherford County performances at The Foundation Performing Arts and Conference Center in Spindale.
On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, attend the Ellenboro Fiddlers’ Convention at the Ellenboro School Auditorium. The Ellenboro gathering is a direct descendent of the Hollis Fiddlers Convention, held nearby for decades. The Hollis gatherings in the 1930s witnessed the advent of three-finger banjo picking among area textile workers that eventually gave rise to the bluegrass music you know today.
Shape-note a cappella singers from across the nation flock to Old St. John’s Church in Rutherfordton each December.
Don’t miss: B Sharp Music in Spindale. This funky, independent music store offers a wide selection of new and used guitars and instruments as well as instrument repair. A visit to this original shop crowded with collectibles, instruments and locals is a one-of-a-kind experience.
So take home a musical souvenir or just take home the music: WNCW’s Live Stream plays all over the world at http://wncw.org/listen-live.