By MELINDA WILLIAMS
WYTHEVILLE — Local bluegrass musician Adam McPeak and his band, Mountain Thunder, will perform Saturday, Aug. 16, at Wytheville Community College’s Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree.
The free jamboree is held monthly, 7-9 p.m., at William F. Snyder Auditorium on the WCC campus, 1000 E. Main St., in Wytheville. In addition to Adam McPeak and Mountain Thunder, the Mountain Park Old Time Band also will perform.
McPeak, described as a “next-generation bluegrass mandolin player,” used to perform with the well-known McPeak Brothers, which included Adam’s father, Mike. Mike McPeak now performs with his son and other Mountain Thunder band members, Kali Taylor (fiddle), Stephanie Gibson (banjo), and David Chrisley (bass).
Mountain Park Old Time Band, from North Carolina, formed seven years ago as the result of a group of friends gathering for a good time. The band is known for a variety of dance music, including square, flat foot, clogging, two-step and the waltz.
Mountain Park consists of Nancy and Johnny Gentry, C.T. Janney, Roger Stamper and Mark Handy.
Adam McPeak’s band opens the show at 7, then Mountain Park takes the stage at 8. Doors open at 6. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
Although the event is free, donations will be accepted to help defray the bands’ travel expenses.