Valdosta Daily Times

May 13, 2013

Visit musical roots this weekend

The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Beginning Saturday, May 18, Nashville, Ga., will be hosting a special Smithsonian exhibit, “New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music.” The exhibit will continue through the end of June and Nashville has done a tremendous job in promoting and planning for the exhibit.

The exhibit’s official opening on Saturday at 11 a.m. will be followed by a Hall of Fame Fiddle Jam and Festival. More than 25 fiddlers will converge on the town community center porch to showcase their skills. As the exhibit pays tribute to music’s American roots, the fiddle jam pays tribute to the community’s musical roots as well.

Throughout the entire schedule of the Smithsonian exhibit, Nashville will host a variety of events, centered around music, to complement the touring museum’s musical theme. There will be concerts every Sunday, a Brown Bag concert series every Tuesday and Thursday, a special Kid’s Time every Saturday morning, and a special youth day event on Sunday, June 2.

Field trips and group tours are available for the Smithsonian exhibit as well as the Berrien Roots Music exhibit at the old courthouse on the square.

The exhibits will close on Saturday, June 29, and that evening, American Idol finalist Bo Bice will perform in concert at Nashville’s Horse Creek Winery.

Until then, you can visit the musical tour through history every day except Mondays. The hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4  p.m.