In downtown Manteo’s Phoenix Shops, Bluegrass Island Trading Co. is a one-stop shop for everything bluegrass related, from a selection of more than 1,000 CDs to bluegrass-themed merchandise such as shirts, hats and ornaments. Bluegrass Island Trading Co. is also a box office location for many of the best local music events. Visit them online or call for tickets to the Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival, a premier four-day event the first weekend in October that features approximately 30 artists annually. The festival's revolving lineups have included everyone from Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent and Steep Canyon Rangers to the Soggy Bottom Boys of Allison Krauss & Union Station. You’ll also want to keep an eye on their website for special announcements about events such as Pickin’ on the Porch, a free concert series featuring different acoustic music on the Bluegrass Island Trading Co. porch during the summer. 2018's entertainment kicks off with Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road on May 18. Also included in this year’s schedule are Darrell Webb Band, Breaking Grass and Carolina Blue to mention a few. While visiting the store, save some time for a bit of history: A permanent exhibit on the ghost town of Buffalo City is located inside the store. You can learn the story behind this fascinating area of mainland Dare County and even pick up some related gifts, such as flavored moonshine mixers that pay homage to Buffalo City’s bootleg past. Bluegrass Island Trading Co. is open seven days a week in season.
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