New River Community College’s Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club jamboree season kicks off Saturday, Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. with performances by Leftover 301 and the New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters. The events are held the second Saturday of each month through April in Edwards Hall on the Dublin campus.
Leftover 301 is a bluegrass band from Princeton, W.Va. Their unique name came about when the members who had each played with different bands joked that they were the “leftovers” from other groups. They then began practicing at one member’s house, which happened to be house number 301.
Band members are Bob Bailey, banjo; Steve Cline, resonator guitar and vocals; Gary Dalton, Autoharp; Jeanne Cline, vocals, and Butch Bailey, bass and vocals.
The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters band takes its name from the original Galax-based Bogtrotters, who won the first-ever Galax Old Time Fiddler’s Convention in 1935. The modern-day group includes Leon Frost, mandolin; Jesse Morris, bass; Eddie Bond, fiddle; Dennis Hall, guitar, and Josh Ellis, banjo.
The band has played at festivals across the nation and also participated in the Friends of American Oldtime Music and Dance Festival in Gainsborough, England.
Corporate sponsors of the jamborees include CVS Pharmacy, Dublin; King’s Tire Service, Pulaski; Pepsi Cola Bottling Co.; Pulaski County Patriot, Pulaski; Shoney’s Restaurant, Dublin; Southern Furniture Warehouse, Radford; Trader’s Emporium & Estate Jewelry Services, Dublin; Dublin VFW Post 1184, Pulaski; Ladies Auxiliary to VFW Post 1184; Wade’s Supermarket, Dublin; and WPSK Radio.
Doors open at 5. Admission is free; however, donations will be accepted to help pay travel expenses for the musicians. NRCC is a Crooked Road affiliated venue.
For more information about the jamborees, call Roger Adkins at 674-3600, ext. 4307, or visit www.nr.edu/fiddle.