The Faded Travelers Band opens the 2018 Mingle at the Market concert series on Saturday, June 9, at the Vinton Farmers’ Market.
Faded Travelers got their start in Vinton at Bob’s Restaurant about three years ago and have become well-known throughout the region and beyond, including performing at the Harvester Performance Center.
They now have their own record label– Railroad Town Records– and released their first full-length album, “Restless Souls,” last summer. Band members include Andrew Nicely (vocals, rhythm guitar, piano), Brent Dickerson (lead guitar, mandolin, ray gun), Mitch Ferguson (pedal steel, dobro, harmonica), Kevin VanDyke (drums, percussion), and Austin Nicely (bass, saxophone, and vocals).
The band “The New Habit” will be opening the evening, described as playing “hard driving bluegrass.” Members from several bands and a pair of brothers came together for the first time to form “The New Habit” with a passion for bluegrass in common. Members include Josh Marlowe (guitar), Brandon Dickerson (banjo), Brent Dickerson (mandolin), Andrew Nicely (snare and vocals) and Dillon Clements (bass).
After signing with Railroad Town Records, The New Habit released their first single “Back of My Hand”. They are scheduled to release their full-length debut album in 2018.
The Vinton Area Chamber of Commerce is once again sponsoring the crowd-pleasing, family-friendly Mingle events on the second Saturday of each month through November.
The cover charge is $6; children 12 and under are welcome and admitted free. Bring your own seating. Don’t bring your pets.
Concessions for June are by the Mountain Grille Food Truck. Blue Ridge Beverage is the beer distributor and will also be serving Twin Creeks and domestic beers.
The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. until 10 p.m.
Other sponsors include: Roanoke County, and Vinton Roofing, gold level; the Town of Vinton and the Vinton War, Diamond Level; Carilion Clinic, Vertex, Magnets USA, Grand Rental Storage, PFG, Twin Creeks Brewing, GCR Tires and Service, Lotz Funeral Home, Pinnacle Bank, BB & T Bank, Cox Communications, First Team Auto, Berkshire Health Care Center, and ServPro of Roanoke County, Silver Level; and The Vinton Messenger, Boxtree/Braeloch, Winter’s Storage, and Member One FCU, bronze level.
Chamber Executive Director Angie Chewning invites everyone to come out and celebrate graduation or just celebrate summer.
The Vinton Farmers’ Market is located at 204 West Lee Avenue in downtown Vinton. Parking is available in nearby municipal lots, at Vinton Baptist Church, at the former Vinton Motors lot, and on the streets.