Music is what makes Floyd so unique

No Thursday is complete this time of year without a stop at Hotel Floyd in the early evening to catch the offering at the weekly free concert series.

Rolled back into town tonight after a ride on the Parkway to catch a recital by 25 of Mike Mitchell’s music students — a mixture of bluegrass, contemporary and classical offerings capped by some footstomping music from “The Blackberries” — an ensemble of the young musicians that kept the crowd asking for more.

Thursday night concerts like this are part of what makes Floyd so unique — a showcase of the deep roots of musical talent that is so much a part of the area’s culture and tradition. Where else can you find a young musician playing classical mandolin or the lilting strains of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” on piano interspersed with the bluegrass that defines Floyd.

After the concert, a visitor from Akron, Ohio chatted with Mitchell — noting that the free concert was “a lot more than he expected” when he checked into the hotel earlier in the day.

“This is great,” he said.

Floyd is often a lot more than many expect and the free music at venues Hotel Floyd or on the streets on a Friday night makes the point.

Floyd is lots of things — art, scenery and expanding tourism — but in the end it is the music that defines us: Always has been and — with luck — it always will be.

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3 thoughts on “Music is what makes Floyd so unique”

  1. “….(it is) the music that defines us”…I concur.

    Thanks for the pleasant reminder that we embrace all ages within our culture. I am glad that Mitchell offers youths the chance to be the catalysts for the future.

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