WHRV’s Americana music loving community celebrated two rising Bluegrass bands Saturday at the 6th annual Bull and Oyster Bluegrass Festival at Smartmouth Brewing Company in Norfolk. Fans of Asheville, NC, band Fireside Collective and Richmond based South Hill Banks packed into the Chelsea district of Norfolk’s West Ghent to hear two emerging groups making their mark nationally. Fireside Collective just returned from a show with the Grammy award-winning Infamous String Dusters while South Hill Banks has cultivated a regional following with non-stop touring. Both bands joined local folk icons Bob and Jeanne Zentz along with St. Julien’s Revival and the Tidewater Bluegrass Music Association in a community jam session that had everyone singing while sampling the libations of Smartmouth.

The open jam session was hosted by Barry Graham of Acoustic Highway and Pickin' on WHRV, Tidewater Friends of Acoustic Music and Saint Juliens Creek Revival. Thank you to everyone who came out to join the fun!

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Local musicians enjoyed an open jam session at the festival.

Open Jam Highlights:

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Fans of Bluegrass and Americana Music can tune in Sunday Nights at 7:00 for Pickin on WHRV and 9:00 for the Acoustic Highway. Find past shows online.