The annual Opry Night at the Pocahontas County Opera House has come to represent some of the best bluegrass and traditional talent in the region. This year’s program features local favorites Juanita Fireball and the Continental Drifters and award-winning young banjo player Trevor Hammons.
Juanita Fireball and the Continental Drifters debuted at the Pocahontas Opera House in 2008, although they have been making music in one form or another for years. They play the Appalachian string band tunes that they learned from old-timers in West Virginia, Virginia, and North Carolina, and sing songs about animals, outlaws, fruit, and love, with a few gospel numbers for balance. The high energy of their hard-driving music will have you dancing. The band consists of Mike Burns(“Juanita Fireball”) and Jay Lockman (“Pluto”) on twin fiddles, Mary Sue Burns (“Lulu”) on clawhammer banjo, Wayne Walton (“Handyman”) on the doghouse bass, and John Sparks (“Rev. Sleepy John”) on the guitar.
Banjo player Trevor Hammons carries on the storied history of his great-grandfather Lee Hammons, who influenced a generation of old-time musicians. In just seven years of playing, Trevor has quickly earned a reputation, earning honors at the Galax Old-Time Fiddlers convention and Clifftop String Band Festival, and the Vandalia Gathering.
Tickets are $10.00