Darrell Scott

Backwoods Beat Festival of Music & Art

October 23, 2021

Paul Thorn

Backwoods Beat Festival of Music & Art

December 4, 2021

Poet Annie Woodford

February 2019

Alleghany Junior Appalachian Musicians

Mural by Art We There Yet


Welcome to the Alleghany Arts Council

New Dates “brought to you by” COVID-19

Because of COVID-19 our And The Beat Goes On concerts have been rescheduled for October and November.

Our Backwoods Beat Festival of Music & Art has been rescheduled. The same wonderful musicians, Darrell Scott and Paul Thorn, will play at Muddy Creek Cafe and Music Hall. Darrell Scott’s songwriting workshop will be held Saturday, October 23rd at the Alleghany JAM House in Sparta. Paul Thorn will host his Tales & Ales stories Saturday, December 4th.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

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Tickets for all performances are on sale now

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And The Beat

Goes On

October 9, 2021 • 8:00pm

Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys

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Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists.  The Chicago Tribune called Byrd “one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years.”Joined on drums by Austin McCall (Kaira Ba, Violet Bell), and musical renaissance man Johnny Waken on guitar, saw, and mandolin, Byrd shares the often-missed, always poignant tales of the small people that make the world such a big place.

November 6, 2021 • 8:00pm

Emily Scott Robinson

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North Carolina native Emily Scott Robinson has traveled a quarter million miles and counting, paying her dues along the dusty highways of America’s wild country in the RV she calls home. Along the way, she’s captured the stories of the people she met and expertly crafted them into the songs featured on her gorgeous debut studio release.

November 20, 2021 • 8:00pm

Travis Meadows

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Travis Meadows spent years trying to escape himself. He’s anything but selfish, so he’d find a way to get away––a bottle, a bag, a sermon––and he’d share it with everyone. That was then. Now, Meadows isn’t trying to get anybody lost or high. Instead, he’s trying to get every single one of us to settle in deeply to ourselves––and love what’s there.


The Arts Councils of Alleghany, Ashe, Watauga, and Wilkes are pleased to announce a grant awards program just for artists. The Regional Artist Project of Northwest North Carolina offers competitive grants to artists living in these four counties. WE are excited to be able to offer funding to individuals and it is done with a Regional Artist Project Grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a state agency.


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Blue Ridge Read (BR Read) is an initiative of Alleghany Arts Council that encourages reading and community-oriented conversations and activities around a featured novel. 

Alleghany Arts Council

Welcome to the Alleghany Arts Council! We’re a group dedicated to supporting and promoting the arts in Alleghany County, North Carolina. We’ve got a lot going on – sign up for our mailing list or check our website often to stay up to date! 

Alleghany Arts Council • PO Box 962 • Sparta, NC 28675 • 336-209-0475

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