Special Events

Boomin' Bluegrass Festival POSTPONED
Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
5968 Marietta Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
5:30PM, Sunday, August 9, 2020
($15.00 – $59.50)
Bluegrass Buffet will open at 4:00, doors for seating at 5.

We are working with artist representatives to reschedule this event.  More information will be provided as it happens.


Presented by: CP Mangement

We'll kick the evening off at 5:30 with Nathan Stanley, Jerry Salley will entertain you with stories of his songs and more beginning at 6:30, 2 time IBMA Entertainers of the year The Gibson Brothers will heat it up at 7:30 and then Grammy winners The Steep Canyon Rangers will close the evening out at 8:30!  Several crafters from around Southern Ohio will be on hand through the evening and snacks and drinks will be available all night.  Doors open at 5pm.

The Steep Canyon Rangers  With OUT IN THE OPEN, Steep Canyon Rangers affirm their place as one of the most versatile bands in contemporary American music. The GRAMMY® Award-winning sextet has spent nearly two decades bending and shaping the bluegrass aesthetic, wedding it to elements of pop, country, and folk rock to create something original. OUT IN THE OPEN is the Rangers bravest excursion thus far, transcending bluegrass while also getting closest to the genre’s true form thanks to 3x GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Joe Henry’s traditional approach toward recording.  Since Steep Canyon Rangers came together in 2000, they have developed a remarkable catalogue of original music that links them to the past while also demonstrating their ambitious intent to bring string-based music into contemporary relevance. Steep Canyon Rangers are easily among the hardest working bands in any genre, pulling double duty on their own and as collaborators with Steve Martin.

The Gibson Brothers  Bluegrass royalty Leigh and Eric Gibson step into what some might at first see as uncharted territory on their country-soul breakout Mockingbird, the new album produced by Grammy Award winners Dan Auerbach and Fergie Ferguson. The celebrated bluegrass duo — named back-to-back Entertainers of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2012 and 2013 — played the Nashville game two decades ago, while in their early 20s, and were offered a major label deal, only to be told at the last minute that they were too “retro” for modern country music. Today, such characterizations, along with their authenticity, set them apart and describes the marvelous Mockingbird.  A mix of country, soul and seventies rock, the album further cements the sibling duo as musical trailblazers. As players and vocalists, they are superb, harmonizing as only siblings can; as songwriters they stand without peer, having long been a band awarded for their songs and songwriting. The 11 tracks on Mockingbird, their 14th album, draw on much of the brothers’ experiences being raised on the family farm in Northern New York. As Northerners growing up in a Southern business, they had to work twice as hard as the bands from the South to achieve the success they had, and were the first from that far north to carve a path to IBMA Entertainers of the Year.

Nathan Stanley  As the grandson of the Bluegrass music icon Dr. Ralph Stanley, Nathan made his music debut at the young age of 2 on stage with his Grandfather at the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, playing the spoons for the Clinch Mountain Boys. He later graduated to playing the mandolin, and in 2007 became the lead singer and rhythm guitar player for the Clinch Mountain Boys, who was one of the most highly acclaimed bands in the music industry. To rewind his life and look back in time his history is simple, an entertainer on a mission! He’s an original.  Nathan Stanley refuses to be a carbon copy. Nathan would say “If it’s been done, I don’t think I’ll do it that way”. His musical influences include Dr. Ralph Stanley, Elvis Presley, George Jones and others.   In 2006, he had the great honor to perform for the Queen of England when Her Majesty visited the state of Virginia. He had a #1 song on the Inspirational Country Music (ICM) charts in 2011 with Vince Gill on the unforgettable “White Dove.” The National Traditional Country Music Association voted “My Kind Of Country” the “Classic Country Album of the Year” in 2011. In October 2014, his album Every Mile garnered Nathan his first GMA Dove Award nomination and win for “Bluegrass Album of the year”.   Also, In 2016 Nathan was voted "Best Bluegrass Artist" at the ICM AWARDS in Nashville, TN.

Jerry Salley has had an incredibly successful, multi-award winning songwriting career. The 2003 SESAC Country Music Songwriter of the Year, Salley has had over 500 different songs recorded and his songs have sold in excess of 17 million records worldwide.   Writing and singing in Nashville since 1982, he has written multiple hits in country, bluegrass, and gospel music and may well be the most successful songwriter to have earned equal recognition from all three genres of music.

Born in the small southern Ohio town of Chillicothe, he signed with Performing Rights Organization SESAC at eighteen years old. After earning a degree from Ohio University in 1982, Salley moved to Nashville and landed a job in the Country Music USA cast at Opryland theme park, a job that would become a springboard for what was to come.  In the bluegrass genre, Jerry is a two-time IBMA Songwriter Of The Year nominee and has had hundreds of songs, including numerous chart-toppers, recorded. He was thrilled to have co-written three songs on The SteelDrivers Grammy award winning album, The Muscle Shoals Recordings (“A Long Way Down”, “The River Runs Red”, “6 Feet Away”), and a song on the Del McCoury Band Grammy winning album The Streets Of Baltimore (“The Butler Brothers”). Other bluegrass groups who have recorded Jerry’s songs include The Osborne Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Rhonda Vincent, Lonesome River Band, Balsam Range, Dale Ann Bradley, Seldom Scene, Flatt Lonesome, IIIrd Tyme Out, Larry Stevenson, Donna Ulisse, Irene Kelley and many others. Salley is a multiple IBMA Song Of The Year nominee, and his song “All Dressed Up”, recorded by Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers, won the IBMA Gospel Recorded Song Of The Year award in 2016. Jerry will be performing solo and telling the stories of some of your favorite Bluegrass songs that he wrote!


Kids 10 years and younger are only $15!

Join us prior to the show beginning at 4:00 for the Bluegrass Chicken Buffet. Dine in our spacious, covered terrace, overlooking a vista of forests and mountains. The Terrace features a buffet dinner of wholesome American food. No one will walk away Hungry! The menu includes Martha Kenton's Famous Fried Chicken, baked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, corn, salad bar, bakery rolls, dessert includes baked apple streusel and chocolate pudding, coffee, iced tea and soft drinks. All You Care To Eat! Tickets are $15.95 for adults and $8.25 for kids 10 and under.  Buffet is included with VIP tickets.  7 Mile Bluegrass will perform during dinner in the restaurant!

SamJam Bluegrass Festival Sept 2-6, 2020
Pike Co. Fairgrounds
311 Mill St.
Piketon, ohio 45661
12:00PM, Wednesday, September 2, 2020
($45 – $120)

Ticket prices go up on Jan 1.  Get them at the early bird price now!


Thank you for your interest in the 2020 SamJam Bluegrass Festival, scheduled for September 2-6, 2020!
The festival is filled with the most recognizable names in bluegrass music and for more information visit our web site at www.samjambluegrass.com.
We’ll see you in Piketon!

The Hop
(Visit www.samjambluegrass.com for information on The Hop, a day of fun and music at various local venues in Pike County, Ohio.  Venues and performers will be announced at a later date.)


Kim Robins & 40 Years Late
Coal Cave Hollow Boys
Billy Droze & Kentucky Blue
The Tim Shelton Syndicate
Po’ Ramblin’ Boys


Shannon Slaughter & County Clare
Turning Ground
Seldom Scene
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Balsam Range


Caney Creek
Appalachian Road Show
Dan Tyminski Band
The Cleverlys


Pinecastle Records Band Contest Winner
The Grascals (with Jamie Johnson)
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
Joe Nichols (with special guests)

SamJam after party, presented by Corntucky Cornhole.

First Capital Bourbon Dinner
Christopher Conference Center
20 North Plaza Blvd.
Chillicothe, OH 45601
7:00PM, Friday, November 6, 2020

Join us for an evening of bourbon history lore and of course, sampling!

Tim Knittel is a former Kentucky bourbon industry insider with over a decades experience in bourbon education. He is also a certified Stave & Thief Society Executive Bourbon Steward (often compared to a Bourbon Sommelier) which is the highest classification available for a professional bourbon educator. Tim will be serving up 4 straight bourbons, some which you’re familiar with and some not, while the chefs at the Christopher Conference Center will be pairing each one with a course of food. Dinner is served at 8, cocktail hour at 7.  This event WILL SELL OUT!


In addition to the tasting menu, several other bourbons will be available at the bonus tasting. For just $10, sample 3 other bourbons! Bonus tasting begins at 7PM.

A small silent auction of bourbons unavailable in our area will take place prior to the tasting.

Free cab rides are available, as are special room rates at the Christopher Inn. Call 800-257-7042 or click the link for room reservations.

All proceeds benefit the education programs of The Scioto Society.

The Sound of Music
Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
5968 Marietta Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
7:00PM, Thursday, April 29, 2021
Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
5968 Marietta Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
7:00PM, Friday, April 30, 2021
Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
5968 Marietta Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
2:00PM, Saturday, May 1, 2021
Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
5968 Marietta Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
7:00PM, Saturday, May 1, 2021
Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
5968 Marietta Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
2:00PM, Sunday, May 2, 2021
Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
5968 Marietta Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
7:00PM, Thursday, May 6, 2021
Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
5968 Marietta Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
7:00PM, Friday, May 7, 2021
Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
5968 Marietta Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
2:00PM, Saturday, May 8, 2021
Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
5968 Marietta Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
7:00PM, Saturday, May 8, 2021
Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
5968 Marietta Road
Chillicothe, OH 45601
2:00PM, Sunday, May 9, 2021

One of the most beloved musicals of all time comes to life in the stunning setting of Sugarloaf Mountain! Bring the whole family to experience this massive production by one of America's most exciting directors, Brian Clowdus.

Brian Clowdus Experiences are intended to immerse audiences in unique outdoor site-specific locations that are all-consuming, mesmerizing, and compelling. Brian’s past works include landing a helicopter for Miss Saigon, sinking a ship for Titanic: The Musical, and of course, creating the magic behind The Sleepy Hollow Experience at Haunted Mountain. A Brian Clowdus production is definitely not your typical theatre performance, and audiences can expect to be transfixed as the Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheater (home of Tecumseh!) turns into an Alpine vista!

This is a GENERAL ADMISSION event and doors will open one hour prior to showtime.

This limited run will boast an all start cast of local and national talent - you won't want to miss this musical adventure! The Sound of Music is presented through special arrangement with R & H Theatricals: www.rnh.com.

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