Get your air guitar ready.
It promises to be a music-filled weekend at Cumberland Caverns and in downtown McMinnville.
To coincide with the annual three-day taping of Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns, a number of activities are scheduled around the downtown area this weekend. Those include live music at Collins River BBQ and Smooth Rapids Campground, a whole hog smoking, and Calfkiller beer tasting.
“We want to welcome all the people who are here to see Bluegrass Underground and give them something to do before and after those shows,” said Christy Ross, president of the Downtown Business Association. “Downtown stores are going to be staying open extended hours and we’re going to be running a number of specials. We’re going to have a lot of quality music for people after they’re done with the cave if they’re interested in having one big musical week-end.”
The three-day Bluegrass Underground taping is this Friday, Saturday and Sunday for Season 5 of the TV series on PBS. Tickets sold out in about 10 minutes, according to Bluegrass Underground creator Todd Mayo.
Bluegrass Underground has concerts at Cumberland Caverns throughout the year, but this is by far the biggest production.
Bluegrass Underground is aired on PBS markets throughout the country, including New York and Los Angeles, and has provided great exposure for Warren County.
To coincide with music at the cave, the downtown schedule is as follows:
FRIDAY at Collins River BBQ
7:45 p.m. Southern Flavor
8:45 p.m. Just Looking Around
10:30 p.m. Enablers
SATURDAY at Collins River BBQ
11 a.m to 2 p.m. Hog smoking, Calfkiller beer tasting
7 p. m. Tanner Hills
8 p.m. Noah Smith
9:45 p.m. Hardin Draw
SUNDAY at Smooth Rapids Campground
8 p.m. Volunteer String Band
The concert at Smooth Rapids will serve as a weekend wrap-up party featuring a band that has performed at Blue-grass Underground. The campground is located on Durham Street, which is off Beersheba Street near Delta Express.
Campground personnel will also provide a shuttle service between the campground and Cumberland Caverns for those who are staying there. There are about 40 campers staying there this weekend. For more information, call (931) 4Kayak1.