Cultural Series

Augusta Summer Concert Series

Every Tuesday and Thursday, July 24 - August 9; 7:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: Harper-McNeeley Auditorium, Myles Center for the Arts; Thursdays: Claude King Davis Memorial Plaza
General Admission: $12; Students: $6 (available with student ID the night of the concert)
 
The Augusta Heritage Center has a proud history of producing high-quality concerts featuring our visiting instructors all on one stage. They are not to be missed! For our friends far-and-wide, we will live stream our concerts for the summer 2018 season. Click here for the full video stream which goes live every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. The stream is only available at concert times. For previous Augusta concert videos, please visit the Augusta YouTube Channel. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org.
 
Click each event below to purchase tickets online:

 

Augusta Arts, Craft & Folklore Classes

Sunday, July 22 - Friday, August 10
Davis & Elkins College
Tuition: $530
 
More than 40 years ago, Augusta began as a craft and folklore program with an emphasis on traditional Appalachian culture. Today, week-long craft and folklore workshops are offered throughout the summer session alongside music and dance workshops, concerts, public dances and special presentations that cover the history and literature of many traditions. Our craft studios often buzz with activity late into the night as participants immerse themselves in their projects. For more information or to register online, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

Augusta Dance Workshops

Sunday, July 22 - Friday, July 27
Davis & Elkins College
Tuition: $530
 
We are offering dance every week at Augusta this year! Workshops vary from mini-courses to full day workshops, from absolute beginner to experienced, and from Cajun two-step to cakewalks and cyphers. Every musical style represented at Augusta has a vernacular dance form connected to it, and we want to explore the history and traditions of those styles. Each dance workshop runs concurrently with the music themes, plus arts, craft and folklore workshops and evening mini-courses. Evening activities include legendary late-night jams, concerts, dances and more. Youth, as well as adults, are welcome to participate. For more information or to register online, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

Augusta Folk Art for Kids

Sunday, July 22 - Friday, August 10
Davis & Elkins College
Tuition: $250
 
Folk Arts for Kids is a program for youth who have completed kindergarten through 5th grade. Participants explore arts and crafts through a variety of media and projects while getting a taste of the music, dance and other activities running within the week. Each Folk Arts for Kids workshop runs concurrently with music and dance themes, plus arts, crafts and folklore workshops and evening mini-courses. For more information or to register online, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

Augusta Evening Mini-Courses

Monday, July 23 - Thursday, August 9
Davis & Elkins College
Tuition: $60
 
Augusta evening mini-courses add to students’ daily learning experiences and allow busy local residents to be part of the Augusta experience. You DO NOT need to be enrolled as a full-time Augusta student to sign up for mini-courses. (You DO need to be a full-time student to stay on-campus.) There is a wide array of subjects from which to choose. A real bargain, mini-courses cost only $60 for four evenings of instruction by world-class artists. All summer evening mini-courses meet Monday through Thursday from 6-7:15 p.m., unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register online, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

Augusta Old-Time Week

Sunday, July 22 - Friday, July 27
Davis & Elkins College
Tuition: $530
 
This year we are excited to introduce another team of outstanding workshop leaders that have both a deep connection to old-time music and a passion for sharing it. Participants will begin each day with a single morning workshop from 9 a.m. – noon with their primary workshop leader. These in-depth sessions create an intimate learning environment to develop new skills, awareness and repertoire. Each afternoon will feature a presentation from workshop leaders and elder master musicians and an array of elective workshops. Evenings are packed with lively jams, slow jams, song swaps, square dances and performances. This week is a nurturing, friendly environment that encourages new musicians as well as seasoned players. Wherever you start, you can be sure that by the end of the week your musicianship will have new life and depth, and you will have new friends from around the globe. For more information or to register online, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

Augusta Blues & Swing Week

Sunday, July 22 - Friday, July 27
Davis & Elkins College
Tuition: $530
 
Augusta’s Blues & Swing Week provides participants with the opportunity to work with some of the finest performers and educators in the blues and swing worlds. Workshops cover a variety of styles and levels of instruction on guitar, bass, piano, harmonica and voice, as well as the history of both genres. Evening activities include legendary late-night jams, concerts and dances. For more information or to register online, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

Augusta Teen Program

Sunday, July 22 - Friday, July 27
Davis & Elkins College
Tuition: $250
 
This year we are excited to offer a new week just for teens! We’ve organized a team of workshop leaders so participants can dive into the Augusta experience and have a chance to dabble in Old-Time and Blues & Swing music and dance. Participants will learn singing and songwriting from Emily Miller, form a teen band, play games, dive into traditional crafts, make a zine with Emily Prentice, hike the Monongahela Forest, and pick up some Appalachian cooking skills. These sessions are specifically designed for teens with varied interests. Students will be encouraged to join in late afternoon electives and jams as well as evening events – lively jams, slow jams, song swaps, dances and concerts. This class will allow students to explore many aspects of mountain culture and develop a taste for their favorites. The week is geared for young adults who have completed 5th grade through 9th grade. For more information or to register online, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

Augusta Cajun/Creole Week

Sunday, July 29 - Friday, August 3
Davis & Elkins College
Tuition: $530
 
Our staff of Cajun and Creole workshop leaders keeps participants buzzing with excitement in the classroom and pulsing with energy on the pavilion dance floor! Each day starts with a fresh cup of Cajun coffee and a jam session. After lunch, everyone gathers for special presentations on Cajun and Creole music and culture. With mini-courses, jam sessions, concerts, dances and a gumbo party, it’s a gala week of nonstop music and dancing. For more information or to register online, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

Augusta Classic Country Week

Sunday, July 29 - Friday, August 3
Davis & Elkins College
Tuition: $530
 
Country music borrows from folk, pop, blues, swing and religious sources, and yet it is distinctly different. It is easily remembered, loves to tell a story and invites you to dance. The music we focus on is not from the current Nashville scene. This is classic country music from its roots, from Jimmie Rodgers and The Carter Family, through folks like Kitty Wells, Merle Haggard and Dolly Parton, to the soulful singing of George Jones and Vern Gosdin. During this week, we explore this treasure trove of American music with some of the most dedicated workshop leaders doing country music today. For more information or to register online, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

Augusta Bluegrass Week

Sunday, August 5 - Friday, August 10
Davis & Elkins College
Tuition: $530
 
For 2018, Augusta brings together another spectacular lineup. The staff of well-known bluegrass figures will share their talents with participants in workshops, demonstrations, special presentations, concerts and jam sessions throughout the week. Informal picking sessions at all levels go on ’til the wee hours all over campus as participants and staff get together with old friends and make new ones. Evening performances feature exciting combinations of master bluegrass artists with special guests. For more information or to register online, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

Augusta Vocal Week

Sunday, August 5 - Friday, August 10
Davis & Elkins College
Tuition: $530
 
The act of singing is itself one of humanity’s oldest and most powerful traditions, and many cultures’ songs are a gateway into deeper understanding of their ethos. Plus, they’re fun to sing! Vocal Week offers you a wealth of opportunities to join in. Participants will learn songs and techniques from a range of traditional cultures and contemporary styles, taught by nationally and internationally known workshop leaders. Taking good care of your voice will also be emphasized, along with workshops in voice technique and daily vocal warm-ups. Those at the beginning level can learn to master melodies and simple harmonies, while more experienced singers can get a challenging workout. You can also enjoy evening song circles, concerts and dances. For more information or to register online, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

Augusta Festival Friday Dance

Friday, August 10; 8 p.m.
Augusta Dance Pavilion
General Admission: $7; Students and AmeriCorps: $5; Bluegrass and Vocal Week Students: FREE
 
Kick off the Augusta Festival by square dancing to live music. For more information, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

Augusta Festival & Craft Fair

Saturday, August 11; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Elkins City Park
FREE
 
Join us for the festivities in tree-shaded Elkins City Park. The Augusta Festival includes a juried craft fair featuring the best regional artisans, live music on two stages, workshops, craft demonstrations, jam sessions and children’s activities. This family-friendly event is free and open to the public, rain or shine. For more information, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

West Virginia Open Fiddle & Banjo Contest

Saturday, August 11; 11 a.m.
Elkins City Park
FREE
 
Registration for the contest begins at 10 a.m. at the Shelter Stage in Elkins City Park. Cash prizes will be awarded in banjo and fiddle. As an “open” contest, participants from any state or region are welcome to enter. The contest will start at 11 a.m. and will run until all have competed. There is no registration fee to compete. Three prizes will be awarded in fiddle and banjo, as well as a best senior musician prize for age 60 and older, and a best youth musician prize for age 15 and younger. For more information, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

Augusta Festival Concert Featuring Mountain Stage

Saturday, August 11; 7:30 p.m.
Harper-McNeeley Auditorium
General Admission: $25; Students: $15 with ID at the door
 
Now in its 35th season, "Mountain Stage with Larry Groce" will bring its weekly radio program to Davis & Elkins College to celebrate the Augusta Heritage Festival. Audiences will participate in a recording that will be heard nationwide on NPR stations and on the Mountain Stage Podcast. Performers TBA. "Mountain Stage" is a production of West Virginia Public Broadcasting and distributed by NPR Music. Concert ticket includes admission to the dance in the open-air Augusta Dance Pavilion following the concert. For more information, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.
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Augusta Festival Saturday Dance

Saturday, August 11; following concert
Augusta Dance Pavilion
General Admission: $7; Students and AmeriCorps: $5; Concert Ticket Holders: FREE
 
The final dance of the summer will be held following the Saturday evening Augusta Festival concert. The dance will feature Red Run with round robin square dance calling. For more information, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

Augusta Square Dance

Friday, September 14; 7:45 p.m. workshop, 8 p.m. dance
Augusta Dance Pavilion
General Admission: $7; Students and AmeriCorps: $5
 
Dance to live old-time music. Beginner and family-friendly. No dance partner required. Presented by the Mountain Dance Trail and Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta October Old-Time Week

Sunday, October 21 - Friday, October 26
Davis & Elkins College
Early Bird Rate: $490; Regular Rate: $530
 
October Old-Time Week focuses on West Virginia’s rich traditions of old-time music. Workshops meet in the morning, with an afternoon cultural session each day and afternoon workshops. Presentations from master artists, evening jam sessions and much more fill out the week. Stay for the Old-Time Fiddlers’ Reunion, October 26-27, a celebration of West Virginia fiddlers. The Reunion kicks off Friday night with a square dance and continues Saturday with performances by West Virginia’s master fiddlers, a flatfoot dance contest, instrument vendors and the Augusta Store. For more information or to register online, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

Augusta October Evening Mini-Courses

Monday, October 22 - Thursday, October 25
Davis & Elkins College
Tuition: $60
 
Augusta evening mini-courses add to students’ daily learning experiences and allow busy local residents to be part of the Augusta experience. You DO NOT need to be enrolled as a full-time Augusta student to sign up for mini-courses. (You DO need to be a full-time student to stay on-campus.) There is a wide array of subjects from which to choose. A real bargain, mini-courses cost only $60 for four evenings of instruction by world-class artists. All summer evening mini-courses meet Monday through Thursday from 6-7:15 p.m., unless otherwise noted. For more information or to register online, visit www.augustaheritagecenter.org.

 

Augusta Square Dance

Friday, October 26; 7:45 p.m. workshop, 8 p.m. dance
Augusta Dance Pavilion
General Admission: $7; Students and AmeriCorps: $5
 
Dance to live old-time music. Beginner and family-friendly. No dance partner required. Presented by the Mountain Dance Trail and Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta WV Old-Time Fiddlers' Reunion

Saturday, October 27; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
The Joni and Buck Smith Arts Forum, Myles Center for the Arts
FREE
 
This is the 29th year of this unique event –  a favorite of all who love old-time music. Scores of West Virginia’s master fiddlers, pickers and singers gather, along with hundreds of local folks and visitors for a weekend of fun, packed with jam sessions throughout the weekend, informal concerts and renewal of friendships. You will be able to enjoy the music of a series of performances by dozens of invited old-time musicians from all over West Virginia. And a freestyle clogging and flatfooting contest will be held on the stage with cash prizes awarded. Exhibits and sales by instrument vendors will be nearby, and food will be available for purchase. Throughout the day, tune and song swaps feature traditional singers from all over the region, and jam sessions happen all day. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Square Dance

Friday, November 9; 7:45 p.m. workshop, 8 p.m. dance
Creative Commons, Myles Center for the Arts
General Admission: $7; Students and AmeriCorps: $5
 
Dance to live old-time music. Beginner and family-friendly. No dance partner required. Presented by the Mountain Dance Trail and Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.

 

Augusta Square Dance

Friday, December 7; 7:45 p.m. workshop, 8 p.m. dance
Creative Commons, Myles Center for the Arts
General Admission: $7; Students and AmeriCorps: $5
 
Dance to live old-time music. Beginner and family-friendly. No dance partner required. Presented by the Mountain Dance Trail and Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College. For more information, visit www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org or call 304-637-1209.