Moratock Park in Danbury will once again be the center of Stokes County’s cultural universe on Sept. 12 and Sept. 13 as the Stokes County Arts Council presents the 41st Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan. Held on the banks of the beautiful Dan River, the 41st Stomp will once again showcase the best in traditional and Americana music groups, visual arts and craft demonstrations, river activities, dance troupes, children’s area visual and performing arts and a kids dulcimer workshop on Sunday, and local food vendors.
A stellar lineup of musical talent will be featured on the Main Stage and include Alan Bibey and Grasstowne performing two sets on Saturday and Terry Baucom’s Dukes of Drive performing two sets on Sunday. Additional Saturday Main Stage performances will include the North, South, and West Stokes Marching Bands, Tyler Nail Trio, Mason Via, Last Minute Band, Sunrise Shadow, Brother Brothers, and a dance performance by Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio. Additional Sunday Main Stage performances will include David Via, SOLFLO, The Barefoot Hippies, Taylor Vaden and Memphis Thunder, and a dance performance by CC Dance Company.
Led by Stokes County native and mandolin legend Alan Bibey, Grasstowne returns to the Stokes Stomp after a seven year absence with a brand new lineup. Joining Alan this year will be Justin Jenkins on banjo, Gena Britt on bass, and Greg Luck on guitar. Their long anticipated project “Grasstowne 4” with Mountain Fever Records will be released prior to the IBMA’s in October of this year and has already produced two hit singles, “This Old Guitar and Me” and “Cold Dark Ground.”
The Dukes of Drive are led by banjo extraordinaire Terry Baucom along with Joey Lemons on mandolin, Will Jones on guitar, and Joe Hannaback on bass. The Stomp audience can expect hard-driving Bluegrass featuring material from Terry’s last two recording projects, as well as some of the signature songs he recorded while a member of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, IIIRD Tyme Out and Blue Ridge. Baucom’s recording, “The Rock”, spent eleven weeks this summer at #1 on the Bluegrass Today chart and features Dukes of Drive lead singer and Stokes County native, Joey Lemons.
Kid’s activities will also be in abundance at the 41st Stomp including supervised kayak floats on the Dan River, the Young Artist Tent, and the Next Generation Stage with a performance lineup that includes Charity Hampton, CC Dance Company, Maya Burgess and Sandy Uselton, Anika and Django Burgess, Miss Joyce’s Dance Studio, Brunjes Suzuki Studio, Lisa Visek, Happy Sounds Kids Dulcimer clinic/performance, and Melissa Poff.
The 41st Stokes Stomp parade will begin at 10am on Saturday, September 12 with the Town of Danbury’s annual Stokes Stomp Parade and this year’s theme “Stokes County Holidays Remembered.”
YVEDDI will once again provide a shuttle service from the Stokes County Government Center parking lot to the Stokes Stomp on Saturday from 11am until 6:30pm and on Sunday from 11am until 5:30pm.
The Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan is organized each year by the Stokes County Arts Council and remains a free Admission, free parking event thanks to sponsorship support provided by the Reynolds American Foundation, Duke Energy Foundation, River Bank Fund, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, NewBridge Bank, NC Arts Council, Winston-Salem Foundation / Bill Johnson Trust, Danbury General Store, Artists Way Creations, Burroughs Funeral Home, Ms. Lenora Brown, Town of Danbury, Dan River Company, Industrial Fire & Safety, Sam’s Pizza, Rainbow Print & Copy, Tar Heel Paddlers Association, Horne Creek Farm, and Stokes Pharmacy.
Safety, parking, medical, and maintenance support for the Stokes Stomp is provided by the Danbury Volunteer Fire Department, Stokes Public Works, Stokes County District Resource Center, Stokes County Sheriff’s Department, and Stokes County Emergency Medical Services.
For more information on the 41st Stokes Stomp Festival on the Dan, including the complete entertainment lineup and parking/shuttle plan, visit stokesarts.org.