Town Mountain plays Kernersville’s Ciener Botanical Garden Sept. 22

"After the runaway success of Paul J. Ciener Bontanical Garden’s first ticketed concert with Mipso last fall, the non-profit is pleased to announce Asheville’s Town Mountain will play a concert on the lawn at the Garden, Thursday, September 22.

Town Mountain describe themselves as a “hard-drivin’ Carolina string band”. The 2013 winners of IBMA Momentum Awards for Performance Band and Vocalist of the Year (Robert Greer), Town Mountain has earned raves for their hard-driving sound, their in-house songwriting and the honky-tonk edge that permeates their exhilarating live performances, whether in a packed club or at a sold-out festival. Just as a gumbo recipe starts with the "holy trinity" of staples (onions, bell peppers and celery), and can contain a wide variety of additional ingredients and inspiration, the hearty base of Town Mountain's music is the bluegrass triumvirate of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. It's what else goes into the mix that brings it all to life both on stage and on record and reflects the group's wide-ranging influences – from the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia to the honest, vintage country of Willie, Waylon and Merle.

Their new record, Southern Crescent, was produced and engineered by Grammy-winner Dirk Powell and released on Greensboro’s LoHi Records in April. Promo video for ‘Southern Crescent’ is at

We were thrilled at last year’s concert and look forward to an even greater event this year.  Non-gardening events allow us to broaden our reach and build awareness across all areas of the Triad to the wonderful cultural treasure that exists here at Ciener Botanicalsays the Garden’s Executive Director John Whisnant.

“We’re building community and commerce, in the heart of North Carolina. Town Mountain is a big name, but I’d love to see us get to the point where patrons say “I’d never heard of the band but I knew if it was at Ciener Botanical Garden it would be good” says event co-producer Tess Mangum Ocaña, of Sonic Pie Productions.

The concert, presented by 
Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden and Sonic Pie Productions is rain or shine with limited tent coverage. Bring a chair or blanket but no coolers. Food trucks, Pig Pounder beer, and wine will be on site at 5:30 p.m. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets, $15, are available at or by calling (336) 996-7888. Ciener Botanical Garden is at 215 S. Main Street, Kernersville.

The Paul J. Ciener Botanical Garden, a 501(c) (3) organization, is a place of unique beauty seeking to inspire, enlighten and connect people of all ages to the world of plants, gardening and horticulture."

- A Press Release

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