Rex Theater hosts pre-convention show

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Two of the region’s best-known old-time traditional string bands will welcome visitors, fiddlers and fans to Galax with a special Saturday performance at the Historic Rex Theater in downtown Galax.
The Crooked Road Ramblers and White Top Mountain Band will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5.
The performance is just one day before gates open for the 77th Annual Galax Old Fiddlers’ Convention at Felts Park. The Rex show will set the stage for a week of traditional string band music.
The bands have offered a similar performance in recent years to kick off fiddlers’ convention week, "and it was so well received we decided to make it an annual event,” says Karen Carr, bass player and spokesperson for The Crooked Road Ramblers.
“We’re geared up and ready for a big week in Felts Park and what better way to kick it off than with an old-time music show at one of our favorite places to pick,” said Carr.
Both bands come from a long line of musicians and the members have performed old-time string music throughout the region and abroad.
The Crooked Road Ramblers members include: Kilby Spencer, Amanda Spencer, John Perry, Donald Hill and Karen Carr.
Members of White Top Mountain band include Emily and Thornton Spencer, Debbie Bramer, Martha Spencer Cunningham and Jackson Cunningham.