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Fiddlin’ at 5ive Points

August 29 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

$50.00

Spend an Evening Celebrating the Epic History of the Old Copper Road!

Join us for an evening of fun and great musical entertainment from Lou Wamp and the Bluetastic Band as the Old Copper Road Preservation Alliance presents the first ever Fiddlin’ at 5ive Points, celebrating the impactful role the Old Copper Road has played on our region. Proceeds from the event will benefit the mission of the Old Copper Road Preservation Alliance. Tickets are $50 per person and include heavy Hors d’oeuvres and your choice of regular or adult beverages. Attendees will also have an opportunity to win an assortment of different prizes made possible through community support and donations.

We are extremely excited to have Lou Wamp and the Bluestastic Band join us for the inaugural event. Their band presents a show filled with instrumental prowess and great stage presence featuring fine original material based in bluegrass, swing and swampy blues. From haunting to barn-burning, Lou’s incredible dobro and slide talents are backed by a band of players who can go there with him. Friends for decades and life-long musicians, the members of the band have performed and recorded professionally with many different ensembles across the Southeast. They have performed at many major festivals in the South including multiple appearances at Riverbend, Nightfall and Three Sisters Festivals. The band formed around 2008 and features Brad Frazier on lead guitar and vocals, whose voice and guitar playing command attention from anywhere within earshot, East Tennessee Fiddle Champion Meredith Goins and Lynn Wamp holding it down on bass and backing vocals. They are often joined by banjo legend, Jim Pankey.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with music beginning at 6:15 p.m.

Cleveland Daily Banner:

The Old Copper Road Preservation Alliance wishes to invite the community to join in an evening of music, fun and camaraderie at the first  “Fiddlin’ @ 5ive Points” will provide an evening of music, fun and camaraderie on Thursday, Aug. 29, at the Museum Center at 5ive Points. The Old Copper Road Preservation Alliance is sponsoring the event.

The event begins at 6 p.m. with music by Lou Wamp and the Bluetastics. The Old Copper Road Preservation Alliance will also be sharing information on the goals established by the organization and the progress made on the project to date.

With a step back in time to the 1850s, the Old Copper Road was filled with mule-driven wagons hauling copper ore down the mountain from Ducktown. It all began in 1851, when John Caldwell petitioned the state of Tennessee to allow him to build a toll road, the Ocoee Turnpike and Plank Road Company, for the purpose of hauling copper ore from the Ducktown Basin to the railroad in Cleveland.

It later became a major enterprise for German native, Capt. Julius Eckhart Raht, as his ventures soon reached great heights and leading him to become one of the wealthiest men in Tennessee.
Raht not only managed the Ocoee Turnpike and Plank Road Company, but also oversaw the operations of several copper mines. He also owned a copper rolling mill in Cleveland that was considered so important to the Confederacy it was burned to the ground by the Union Army during the Civil War.
Another venture he owned was a warehouse in Cleveland, where the copper haulers were able to carry supplies back to mines on their return trip. He was one of the foundering members of the Cleveland National Bank and maintained a home in Cleveland with his family.
The event is named for the famous copper hauler, George Barnes. Sometime after the Civil War, Raht gave a fiddle he bought in Ohio to George Barnes. When the mule team would become tired and not want to proceed, George would pull out his fiddle and play them a tune. MBarnes is credited as being the last copper hauler on the Old Copper Road.

The Old Copper Road is now known locally by many names; US Highway 64, Waterlevel Highway, or the river road. Originally a very rocky road with steep terrain, it has evolved into what has become a route of epic history.
In 1963, Polk County Historian, Robert Barclay petitioned the State of Tennessee to officially name the historic route as the Old Copper Road. Green highway markers now stand and can be seen as you travel the highway today.

This article cannot even begin to tell the whole story of this road, and the newly formed Old Copper Road Preservation Alliance is quickly learning there is even more to be discovered from end to end.
This route has had a major impact on the Ocoee Region, and one of the main missions of the Old Copper Road Preservation Alliance is to uncover the missing pieces of this history with a goal to preserve it in its entirety for both current and future generations.

“We have recently learned of our successful application with MTSU Center for Historic Preservation into their partnership program. This is great news for the research and collection of the history of the Old Copper Road. I don’t think we respect and value enough what this road means to our region,” states Dana Teasley, organizer and director of the Old Copper Road Preservation Alliance.
“I am truly honored to be working next to this awesome team of professors.” Representatives from MTSU Center for Historic Preservation will be in attendance at Fiddlin’ @ 5ive Points and waiting to hear any stories you have to tell.
“We’re excited to have Lou Wamp and the Bluetastics join us for this first ever event,” Teasley continues.
“From haunting to barn-burning, Lou’s incredible dobro and slide talents are backed by a band of players who can go there with him,” Teasley said.
Friends for decades and life-long musicians, the members of the band have performed and recorded professionally with many different ensembles across the Southeast. They have performed at many major festivals in the South including multiple appearances at Riverbend, Nightfall, and Three Sisters festivals. The band formed around 2008 and features Brad Frazier on lead guitar and vocals, whose voice and guitar playing command attention from anywhere within earshot, East Tennessee Fiddle Champion Meredith Goins, and Lynn Wamp holding it down on bass and backing vocals. They are often joined by banjo legend, Jim Pankey.
Tickets are $50 per person and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, choice of beverages, and a silent auction.
Tickets are available at the Museum Center at 5ive Points website or on Old Copper Road Preservation Alliance’s facebook page.

Details

Date:
August 29
Time:
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cost:
$50.00
Website:
http://bit.ly/2Rp39to

Venue

Museum Center at 5ive Points
200 Inman Street East
Cleveland, TN 37311 United States
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Phone:
423-339-5745
Website:
http://bit.ly/2Pa32iG