Larry & Joe Concert April 13

Larry & Joe pose with instruments in front of a wall of graffiti which includes the words "heal together."

Photo credit: Tommy Coyote

The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies welcomes the duo of Larry & Joe to the campus of Mars Hill University for the Ramsey Center’s annual spring concert on Saturday, April 13, 2024. The duo comprises Larry Bellorin, a Joropo maestro from Monagas, Venezuela, and Joe Troop, a Grammy-nominated bluegrass and old-time music star from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert in Owen Theatre are being sold on a sliding price scale and are available at

Larry & Joe are multi-instrumentalists who fuse their respective Venezuelan and Appalachian folk traditions on the harp, banjo, cuatro, fiddle, upright bass, guitar, and maracas to inspire joy and unity and to prove that music has no borders. Their engaging bilingual (esp / eng) program includes storytelling, humor, sing-alongs, and dancing, and illustrates the ways that music and social movements coalesce.

The concert is presented in collaboration with the university’s Center for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Latin Students Association. It is supported by a grant from the Madison County Tourism Development Authority.

For more information, contact Leila Weinstein, program director of the Ramsey Center, at (828) 689-1115 or

About the Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies:
The Liston B. Ramsey Center for Appalachian Studies at Mars Hill University connects the campus with the wider community to explore the history, culture, and environment of the Southern Appalachian region. The Ramsey Center preserves and provides access to resources for this study through its Southern Appalachian Archives. The Center shares Mars Hill University’s commitment to local and global engagement, to service, and to experiential learning. The Ramsey Center is a proud site on the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina.