When Bass Mountain Bluegrass Festival closed its doors after the passing of co-founder “Big John” Maness, John’s son continued the Memorial Weekend gathering of music and friends. Lil John’s Mountain Music Festival begins Thursday, May 21, and runs through Saturday, May 23, at Cane Creek Campground and RV Park near Snow Camp. The festival kicks off with the award-winning Dailey and Vincent blending their voices in harmony on songs from their current chart-topping CD, as well as other songs from throughout their career. The Crowe Brothers, Dixie Grass and Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys will also perform. See littlejohnsmountainmusic.com for information and directions.
▪ Country wonder Brad Paisley brings his fiery guitar, number one songs and impish grin to Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh on Saturday. Justin Moore and Mickey Guyton are also on the bill.
▪ On Thursday, Carolina Lightnin’ will play bluegrass at the Blue Note Grill in Durham. Call 919-401-1979 for more info or reservations.