Posts Tagged: live music

Bluegrass and Hot Rods: September 2018 in the Smokies

Two completely opposite events are happening in the Pigeon Forge area Thursday through Saturday, September 13-15, 2018. There’s the astonishingly muscular Fall Rod Run classic car event in Pigeon Forge, and to the north a little ways in Kodak is the astonishingly musical Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival. Take your choice!

Fall Rod Run

In Pigeon Forge the local event is the Fall Rod Run, which fills the town with thousands of horsepower and a myriad gleaming paint jobs, as the classic cars and hot rods swarm into town to cruise the strip, compete in multiple categories for cash prizes worth $10,000, and generally have a nice time.

image courtesy of the Rod Run

Traffic gets a little congested,. as you might expect, and Parkway is the strip for cruising, late into the night. So plan on walking, bring a lawn chair and and gaze at all the cars during those days. The crowd, as with every event in this area, is super friendly.

The headquarters for the Rod Run is the LeConte Center, which hosts the huge Swap Meet and hundreds of show cars. It’s on Teaster Lane, close to The Island. There’s plenty of free parking, and some very fancy wheels on display.

The event draws thousands of extra visitors to Pigeon Forge, so expect a bustle around town. But if you want a party, here’s one that lasts three days.

See the Rod Run website for full details. And here’s some video:

Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

And now for something completely different! If you want to get out of town and listen to some great bluegrass and country music, at a super kid-friendly event with some of the best music in the Smoky Mountains, then Dumplin Farm is where you’re headed.

The 19th Annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival takes place to the north of Pigeon Forge just a few miles, at Kodak where the Smokies Stadium is. Dumplin Farm is an easy drive, and has an RV camp and campground, which people book often a year ahead of time to be at the festival. Drop-ins are more than welcome, with tickets at the gate available daily.

The event attracts amazing talent for such a little-known festival. It draws around 3,000 attendees, and this year features 15 acts, performing from noon until 11 pm, with a “supper break” around 5 pm – and sometimes some late night jamming after hours that just goes on until everybody is plumb full of happiness. Many of those campers have non-professional musicians in them also, so music jams can break out at any time, day or night.

Children are more than welcome, in fact it wouldn’t be Dumplin Farm without them. Kids 12 and under get in FREE. The venue is covered, so rain is not a problem, with a huge tent area and a converted barn. There are clean restrooms, a spacious lawn to play on, and no alcohol for sale.

We should mention the food. It’s wonderful home cooking with good ingredients, and with many local treats including the legendary Dale’s Fried Pies! There are food trucks, merchandise vendors, and people who love great music, as well as know how to play it. Bring a lawn chair and come visit the Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival.

For more information check the Festival website and Facebook page.

Here’s a video about the event:


Fall 2017 Muscle Cars and Bluegrass in the Smoky Mountains

High excitement hits Pigeon Forge for the Fall Rod Run happening September 14-16, 2017. It’s 3 days and nights of cruising the strip, and muscle cars everywhere. If you want to take a break to swap muscle for music, at the same time the annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival is on just a few miles to the north.

And that’s not all, because Gatlinburg and Townsend also have some events at the same time, with more live music, lots of food tasting, and even more auto shows! It’s a happening weekend starting on Thursday – read on and we’ll sort it all out for you.

Image courtesy of the Rod Run


Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival 2017

Gatlinburg bursts into song – and song writing – again for the 6th Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, August 16-20, 2017. This year’s festival promises to be bigger than ever. There’s live music playing in several venues around town, with close to 50 acts offering over 150 free shows as well as 3 ticketed shows headlined this year by country artist Con Hunley.

Image courtesy of Kat Speer ©


It’s the 17th Annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival 2016

The Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival is one of the best festivals in the Smoky Mountains, and almost unheard of. This year the 3-day festival happens September 15-17, at the same time as the Rod Run in Pigeon Forge – so if you want to drive a few miles out of town up to Kodak and get away from the snarl, you can trade motors for music.

The Dumplin Valley festival is on a farm with an RV camp, and people book months or even a year ahead of time to be there. The festival is open to day trippers however.

image courtesy of Dumplin Valley Farm

images courtesy of Dumplin Valley Farm


Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival 2016

Images courtesy of SMSF

Images courtesy of SMSF

The 5th Annual Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival is on again now in Gatlinburg, TN, August 24-28, 2016. This event continues each year to gain in popularity, and fills the town with live music and the unique opportunity to meet the writers of the hit songs, to engage in workshops and co-authoring, and to hear the stories behind the legends, from the people on the inside of the music industry.

Cabins of the Smoky Mountains is proud to be a sponsor of this great event, and we’ve been covering it from its beginning. Knowing the background to a song and something about the songwriter opens up a world of appreciation that you may never have experienced before, and one that stays with you, ever after.


2015 Christmas Bluegrass Festival in Pigeon Forge

If you agree that bluegrass is the sweetest music ever invented, then you need to be in Pigeon Forge over the next few days.The 2015 Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival is happening at the Smoky Mountain Convention Center in Pigeon Forge, December 9-12. Tickets available at the door.

Headlined again by the driving force behind the festival, acclaimed musician – and 2015 Female Traditional Vocalist of the Year – Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road, her hugely talented band, the festival presents a hard driving, high-energy experience with a host of notable  performers.

Image courtesy of Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

Image courtesy of Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road


16th Annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival 2015

The 2015, 16th Annual Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival starts Thursday for 3 days, September 17-19. This festival is one of the nicest you’ll ever attend, with a crowd of around 3,000, highly acclaimed talent performing, and a camper village that adds to some amazing jamming between shows.

image courtesy of Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival

image courtesy of Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival


Free Live Music in Gatlinburg at the 2015 Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival

There’s lots of free live music happening in Gatlinburg as the 2015 Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival returns for its 4th year running Wed-Sun, August 19-23. This is a unique music event in the Southeast, lots of music as well as a chance to meet and learn from insiders in the music industry and experience a personal connection with hit songwriters.



Barbeque & Bluegrass 2015: Sevierville Takes It To The Street

Images courtesy of Bloomin BBQ & Bluegrass

Images courtesy of Bloomin BBQ & Bluegrass

This weekend there’s a stupendous Barbeque and Bluegrass festival in Sevierville AND it’s Half-Price on all our remaining Cabins. Next weekend marks the start of another massive Barbeque & Bluegrass festival, at Dollywood, AND it’s Half-Price cabins again!

Coincidence? Well, maybe, truth be told – but it works out perfectly for last-minute visitors coming in for either of these two great parties!