Billy Strings

Whether sharing stages with acoustic music royalty, crisscrossing the nation playing as a solo artist or performing high-energy, jaw-dropping sets at festivals, the reaction to Billy Strings tends to come in two varieties: “Who is this guy?” and “That kid can play!” Raised in Michigan and based in Nashville, Strings — real name William Apostol — learned music from his father, who had learned it from his father, and his father before him. Maybe that’s why at 24, Strings’ songs, his articulation, his entire approach, sounds so authentic and steeped in tradition. Consider him the next in line of an Americana thread, not some upstart or bandwagon jumper. While Strings’ profile as a guitarist and singer in the acoustic/bluegrass scene continues to grow, he has already earned some landmark achievements. He has been invited to play on stage with Del McCoury, David Grisman, Larry Keel, Sam Bush, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon and more. He’s landed coveted slots at festivals like Pickathon, Merlefest, DelFest, High Sierra Music Festival, Grey Fox to name a few and he’s shared bills with popular touring acts Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain Stringband, Leftover Salmon, Cabinet and more. And the industry has taken notice: He just won IBMA 2016 Momentum Awards Instrumentalist of the Year for guitar, banjo and mandolin and was voted #1 in, scene tastemaker, Bluegrass Situation’s Top 16 of ’16.

Event Details:

  • When: Thursday, June 1st
  • Time: 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
  • Location: River Jam Stage
  • Cost: Free and open to the public
  • Weather: This event will proceed rain or shine

Questions / Comments

  1. Dave Hamrick September 10, 2016 at 12:01 pm

    Is there going to be an opener? If so when does it start?

    • usnwcadmin September 16, 2016 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Dave, all River Jam events have only one performer per date.

  2. Tiffany Taylor September 9, 2016 at 3:33 pm

    I was invited last Saturday to the WWC, I had never been before! Needless to say I was totally blown away. I didn’t bring my walker and would love to come again but I was told that there is a lot of walking, can you let me know if I can bring my walker to assist me on my walk to the top. Do you have a place just to swim? Also, once I pay for one thing does that cover other things? Thanks so much, Tiffany

    • usnwcadmin September 16, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Hey Tiffany, you are welcome to bring your walker and that is true that our complex is quite large so please prepare accordingly. We do not have a swimming section but we do offer Open Water Swim on Thursday evenings through the end of September in the Catawba River. Given your question, we would recommend purchasing an AllSport ($59-all land, flatwater and whitewater activities) or CoolSport ($49-all land and flatwater activities) day pass. Please see the Activity Passes page for more information.

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