Local fan brings BlueGrass music back to Hopewell VA
Bluegrass music returned to Hopewell, Virginia. Mark your calendars for November 6 and December 4, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Saucy’s Barbecue in Hopewell.
– Julie Childrey
âBecause of Covid, there was no music here, nowhere to eat, listen to music and have camaraderie,â Childrey said. A longtime Bluegrass fan, she decided to start a Bluegrass festival in Hopewell.
Childrey worked on this project as a volunteer for three years. She went to the Hopewell / Prince George House for help and House Speaker Becky McDonough applied for a grant to fund a series of outdoor concerts. They approached local restaurateur Tom McCormack to set up the concerts at his barbecue restaurant, Saucy’s. And the music was back.
âMy goal was to get 100 people to show up,â Childrey said. âThe count was 101! “
Area Bluegrass bands performed on the Saucy Lawn in October, November and December 2020 and resumed in June 2021 with six concerts. Two final concerts for 2021 will take place on November 6 and December 4 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with an open jam from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
A traveling group of five men, the Rappahannock Crossing Bluegrass Band recently performed at Saucy’s for an audience of family and friends, ranging in age from toddlers to grandparents. The Rappahannocks played from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and then there was an open jam for other Bluegrass aspirants, experienced musicians and others in training.
âThis is how music grows,â Childrey said.
Meanwhile, McCormack and his team served craft beer with a traditional barbecue, brisket, ribs and âBest Ass in the South,â according to Southern Living Magazine, along with their Q scoops of mashed potato. sweet and their vegetarian dishes such as tofu and black tacos. beans and kale.
About Julie Childrey:
Originally from rural Central Virginia, Julie Childrey fell in love with Bluegrass music from a young age, listening to the Grand Ole Opry on the radio with her parents, then attending bluegrass festivals in Virginia, West Virginia, Caroline of the North and Kentucky. In the early 1980s, she was Virginia’s representative for the Bill Monroe Fan Club. Monroe is known as the father of bluegrass music. She continues to attend bluegrass festivals, is a member of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, and attends the annual convention in Nashville, Tennessee. Childrey is happy to see local bluegrass groups having the chance to play for family and friends who can enjoy it in a unique space at Saucy’s BBQ at Hopewell, where everyone is welcome.
Tom McCormack opened his first Saucy’s restaurant in 2018. This original Saucy’s is housed in a replica of the shipping container McCormick built at 257 East Bank Street, Petersburg, Virginia. Opened in 2010, the Hopewell Restaurant at 207 East City Point Road is housed in a 300 square foot industrial building with open rafters and an orange bar facade designed to resemble a freight container.
McCormack said Saucy’s survived the Covid pandemic by creating an online ordering system and opening a drive-thru window. âWe can add more indoor winter shows and maybe continue year round,â he said.
About Hopewell, Virginia:
Hopewell is a quaint town of 23,000 people about 20 miles south or the capital of Virginia in Richmond. Located at the confluence of the James and Appomattox rivers, Hopewell offers boating, water sports and other outdoor activities as well as a new River Walk.
Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America