Leon Kiser Tribute Show set for Feb. 18

The Appalachian Cultural Music Association’s (AMCA) 21st annual Leon Kiser Memorial Tribute Show will be held Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at Northeast State’s Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.

The concert will feature performances by Saplin’ Rose, Robert Lester, the East Tennessee State Pride Band, Raymond McClain and the Mountain Music Ambassadors, Carson Peters, Chosen Road, The Kiser Family, Lightnin’ Charlie, Duty Free, the ETSU Old-Time Pride Band, Breaking Tradition, Boots on the Ground Bluegrass, Carolina Blue, Emi Sunshine, Unspoken Tradition, Po Ramblin’ Boys, VanDyke and Brown, and Ralph Stanley II.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door and can be purchased at www.northeaststate.edu/tickets or by calling the performing arts center box office at 423.354.5169. The center is located on the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75.

Leon Kiser was a long-time member of the Holston Mountain Boys and a tireless promoter of bluegrass and country music.

“Every year it’s like a big family reunion with all the musicians and people that come,” said Tammy Kiser, Kiser’s daughter. “The concert is very dear to our hearts and we really appreciate this in honor of my dad.”

Ralph Stanley II will headline the 21st annual Leon Kiser Memorial Tribute Show.

Tim White, president of the ACMA and host of Song of the Mountains; and Rick Dollar, concert chair, will emcee the event.

The concert benefits the Benny Sims Scholarship and the ACMA Leon Kiser Memorial Scholarship for students in Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies at East Tennessee State University. Proceeds also benefit the ACMA Mountain Music Museum in downtown Bristol.

Each year, the ACMA also honors individuals who have contributed to the performance and preservation of music from the southern Appalachian region. Honorees this year are country music legend Dr. Ralph Stanley, noted Bristol luthier Ray Dearstone, and Bristol entrepreneur Allan Hurley.

For more information, visit www.appalachianculturalmusic.org.

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