Award-winning quartet at WTA’s Gateway

The award winning Andrew McKnight and Beyond Borders will bring their exciting fusion of musical genres to WTA’s Gateway on Saturday, July 14.  The performance, supported by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts, begins at 8 pm at 329 West Main in Downtown Waynesboro.

Since permanently leaving his corporate environmental engineering career in 1996, award-winning folk and Americana artist Andrew McKnight’s musical journey has traced over half a million miles of blue highways, and earned him a wealth of critical acclaim and enthusiastic fans for his captivating performances and five CDs.

In addition to his passion for community causes, he is a longtime advocate for preserving American landscapes and heritage. Several of McKnight’s songs are rooted in Appalachian history and culture, including the haunting Civil War ballad “The Road to Appomattox”.

Founding Nitty Gritty Dirt Band member Les Thompson, Les’s wife and fellow songwriter Stephanie Thompson, and WAMMIE-winning singer/songwriter Lisa Taylor, support McKnight with performances that delighted concert and festival audiences since their collective debut at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington (March 2008). Their eclectic arrangements of McKnight’s award-winning songs fuse old time influences, roots rock sounds, rich vocal harmonies, and an assimilation of many stylistic elements that truly stretch “beyond Appalachian, beyond blues, beyond folk”.

Tickets for the performance by McKnight and Beyond Borders are $10 advanced sale and $12 at the door. Advanced tickets may be purchased online at www.wtagateway.com or by calling the box office (540-943-9999).  Remaining tickets will be available the night of performance.