Monthly Music Series

Oct. 2020 through Nov. 2020

In the winter of 2019, the Alleghany Arts Council added the music series, "And the Beat Goes On," to its list of sponsored programs. Realizing the importance of continuing music in the community after the popular summer music series, Music on Main, ends each October, the co-directors, Mike Dubose and Barbara Halsey, said the music must go on. Therefore, they created this series to showcase the art of songwriting by featuring known and less familiar singer/songwriters who demonstrate the unique emotional power of song. Joining the featured songwriters, Emily Scott Robinson, Travis Meadows, and Jonathan Byrd who are appearing in the fall, have been Amythyst Kiah, Chad Elliot, Gretchen Peters, Wild Ponies, Ron Picott, and Mean Mary. Due to its popularity, the organizers are discussing making this a 12 month series. Stay tuned!

September 12, 2020 • 8:00pm

Jonathan Byrd

A preacher’s son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, NC, known for literary, outsider songs that have become Americana favorites. The Chicago Tribune called Byrd “one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years.” Multi-instrumentalist Johnny Waken cut his teeth on electric guitar in Pittsburgh with rock legend Norm Nardini, opening for The Blues Brothers Band on their Red, Hot & Blue tour in 1992. After taking a few years away from music,

Johnny is back at it with the Pickup Cowboys.


October 9, 2020 • 8:00 pm

Travis Meadows

American country music singer and songwriter. He has released four albums, as well as writing songs for other country artists.

All ages $15 advance/$20 door


November 5, 2020 • 8:00pm

Emily Scott Robinson

Based 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, “Traveling Mercies.” Named one of Rolling Stone’s “10 New Country and Americana Artists You Need to Know” for 2019, Robinson received critical acclaim from Billboard, No Depression, and American Songwriter for the stories captured on her new album and performed on the main stage of the 2019 Telluride Bluegrass Festival as winner of the Telluride Troubadour Contest.REQUEST TICKET INFO EMAIL



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