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February 15 - 7:30 pm

American Made: After Jack

Garth Newel Music Center
403 Garth Newel Ln
Hot Springs, VA 24445 United States
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6 pm Optional Picnic
7 pm Doors Open
7:30 pm Concert

Hot folk from the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Picnic Menu

Honey, Garlic and Oregano Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Tabbouleh

Fried Eggplant with pickled Tomato Salad

Roasted Butter, Acorn Squash and Arugula Salad with Maple and Blue Cheese

Various Side Salads and Desserts


After Jack is a musical celebration of togetherness. Combine your most beloved musical memories with a foot-stomping string band and top it off with harmonies that spring straight from the soul of the mountains, and you’ve got After Jack.

After Jack hails from Ferrum, VA, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The all-female trio performs music from, and inspired by, the rich musical traditions of the region. Founding members Rachel and Emily Blankenship-Tucker met in 2010, while working as professional actors in a regional theatre company, The Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre, and its touring production, the Jack Tale Players. During their tenure with the company, they created original theatrical productions that highlighted a variety of traditional musical styles, produced favorite contemporary plays, and carried on the oral traditions of the Blue Ridge region through dramatizations of traditional folklore and songs. This experience served as a catalyst for the group’s creation, and a foundation for their current work. Songwriter Catherine Backus joined the group in 2019, rounding out the trio, and bringing sparkling instrumentals and her own powerhouse vocals to the mix.

After Jack is committed to using their voice to support regional environmental activism. The group has been particularly committed to the fight against the Mountain Valley and Atlantic Coast Pipelines, which threaten Virginia’s water and natural resources, and the safety of rural communities.

At present, the group is working on their second full-length album, which will be released on Travianna Records. This will be the band’s second collaboration with Aaron Ramsey, following their 2014 album, Echo. After Jack’s touring radius has spanned much of the US, including tours west as far as Colorado, north to New England, and south to Georgia. In addition to concert performances, the group also offers educational performances, which can include dramatized folktales featuring strong female protagonists, and performed in story theatre style. The band also offers educational workshops in songwriting, creative writing, storytelling, and traditional music.

Stay with Us

Complete your Garth Newel experience by spending the night on our 114-acre mountain property. After an evening of music, food and drink, enjoy a short walk to our 1920s Manor House. The spacious and comfortable rooms are quaintly decorated and the original art on display gives you a glimpse into our creative past. A continental breakfast is served in the morning.

The Dining Experience

Garth Newel Music Center has a long tradition of culinary excellence paired with inspiring performances. After many of our concerts our resident chef, Josh Elliott prepares a meal served right in the concert hall. The musicians join the audience in sharing good food and great company.