The Church History Museum will host an evening of music and entertainment featuring an old time band, Blue Mountain, on November 9, 2012 at 7:00 pm. This event is free and open to the public.
Blue Mountain grew mostly out of a love for music and the desire to learn and play the folk music of early Latter-day Saints. Embracing a variety of traditional songs, the folk music they play has railroad, pioneer, Mormon Battalion, Nauvoo, and Restoration themes. The performance will roughly trace the chronological history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—from its origins in the East, to Salt Lake City and beyond, continuing on into the railroading and cowboy days. While many people are familiar with the hymns that came from this era, the folk music of the era is nearly unknown. “The tunes are great. This is really fun music” says Jay Burton, band guitarist. Group founder Ed Riding likes how this music gives new insight into the lives of those that came before us. “To learn songs our great-great grandparents sang is fun and interesting. It helps in imagining what they were thinking and how they lived their lives.”
Each song will be introduced by a short background to provide the historical context. Audience participation is encouraged, and lyrics will be displayed so that everyone can sing along. “We want folks to learn with us. This is as much an educational experience as it is a performance,” says Riding.
The public is invited to participate in this historic and folkloric evening of learning and entertainment. The event will be held Friday, November 9th at 7:00 p.m. in the Church History Museum auditorium. For more information, visit history.lds.org or call 801-240-9573.