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  • February19th

    Change of music format for Graves Mountain Lodge

    Graves Mountain

    We talked to a representative at Graves Mountain Lodge this morning and found out that The Sunny Side Band can play secular music as well as gospel music at the March 26 Spring Festival.

  • February18th

    Graves Mountain

    The Free Lance-Star

    The Fredericksburg newspaper, The Free Lance-Star ran an article today about Graves Mountain Lodge and all of the events that would be taking place there in 2011.  The Sunny Side Band came up in the lineup for the Spring Gospel/Bluegrass Festival complete with performance times.

  • February12th

    We played The Recreation Center in Fredericksburg last night (2/11/11) WOW!!  What a great crowd and every seat in the place was filled.  We had two of our fiddlin’ friends join us — Jimmie Delozider (Virginia State Champion 13 years in a row) and Trish Howe.  They delivered many of the old traditional fiddle tunes to our loyal fans and to several new fans that joined us for the first time last night.  We even had some dancers on the floor!!  It gives us a big thrill to see so many friends having a good time.  We also had our usual birthday cake to pass around and celebrate the birthday  of anyone born in February.  Come join us there on March 11, and we will do it all over again!!

  • February6th

    A Wonderful Place to Play

    The SunnySide Band at the Marshall Center

    The New Market crowd was awesome!!!  Such enthusiastic clapping and toe-tapping we hadn’t seen since Humpback Rocks back in October.  We played songs by The Original Carter Family, Hank Williams, Grandpa Jones and even a couple of songs written by Jim.  We closed out our program with several gospel songs.  That’s the kind of crowd that all groups wish they could play for.

  • December21st

    2011 Schedule

    Posted in: Events

    Please check out our 2011 calendar of events.  We will be at Grottoes on 1/13/11 @ 7pm;  Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community on 1/21/11 @ 7pm and at the New Market Jam on 2/4/11 @ 7pm.  Come by and say “Howdy” to us.

  • November15th

    We played to a packed “Gospel Chicken House” on Saturday night Nov. 13, 2010.  The crowd really gets into the music with singing, clapping, toe-tapping and body movement.  It’s so easy to play to a crowd like that.  It makes us feel so good to get all of that positve feedback.

  • October10th

    What a way to end the summer (10-10-10)!!!!  This was our last performance of 2010 at Humpback Rocks and what an absolutely perfect day.  The weather was warm and so was the audience.  Lots of people, dogs, chickens, horses plowing the garden, apple butter making, quilting, spinning, corn husk doll making and US.  We played many of our old time music favorites, and I threw in a few new ones just to keep Jim on his toes.  It does our hearts good to know there are so many people out there that like the old time traditional music.  Much toe-tapping and singing was going on this afternoon.  We brought everyone together in song with a rousing version of Comin’ Round the Mountain and Oh susannah.  Looking forward to next year already!!!!

  • October3rd

    Sunny Side members are all animal lovers and what better way to show our love than to play for a fund raiser to help injured and orphaned animals return to the wild.  Valerie Ackerman is the Wildlife Rehabilitator and the Fund Raiser was held at her mom’s home, Roxbury Mill in Thornburg, VA on 10/3/10.  It was another cool day, but the music and conversation was warm, and the food was Wooooooooooonderful!!!  We played mountain music, roots music, classic country music and some inbetween.  A good time was had by all!!!

  • October3rd

    Skyland Resort

    Autumn Days Celebration

    What a beautiful day (10/2/2010) to celebrate fall with wine tasting, brunswick stew and Old Time Music!  The air was very brisk, but it just made us play faster.  We had an appreciative crowd that asked lots of questions about our music (and the autoharp).  They wanted to know our schedule of up-coming events, and I feel sure we will see some of them next Sunday at Humpback Rocks.  We shared our copy of Americana Rhythm Music Magazine with the article about Sunny Side, and told everyone about our new CD that should be coming out soon.

  • September12th

    It was raining the morning of  9/10, but by the time we got to The Old Settlers Museum at Humpback Rocks (Mile Post 5.8 on The Blue Ridge Parkway) the sun was shining beautifully.  The Ranger says, “When the Sunny Side Band plays, they always bring the sunshine.”  The crowd was huge with lots of our friends and returning fans.  Lots of toe-tappin mountain music, clogging and even old time fiddling and claw-hammer banjo pickin’.  Our friends Emily and Jim Hancock from Afton Mountain joined us for several tunes.  We had the mountains ringing!!!!