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Crimson Moon features young stars on the rise playing vintage sounds
Jonah Riddle and The Carolina Express, two brothers performing with dad, will offer their bluegrass Appalachian sounds on July 15 at The Crimson Moon in Dahlonega.

Crimson Moon concerts

Where: 24 N. Park St., Dahlonega, 706-864-3982,

Emi Sunshine

When: 8 p.m. July 14

Tickets: $27 in advance, $32 after 5 p.m. Friday

Jonah Riddle and The Carolina Express

When: 8 p.m. July 15

Tickets: $11 in advance, $14 after 5 p.m. Saturday

A blend of young voices performing traditional sounds will be on display this weekend at The Crimson Moon in Dahlonega.

The tavern off the downtown square will feature performances by Emi Sunshine on Friday, July 14 and Jonah Riddle & The Carolina Express on Saturday, July 15. Both shows offer young musicians performing their spin on Appalachian music. Tickets for each show can be purchased at

Even at age 13, Emi Sunshine is a veteran performer. She started by playing in her hometown of Madisonville, Tenn. Her performance at a flea market concert at age 9 went viral online, launching her career as an “old-time” bluegrass and folk musician.

Emi has performed on the NBC “Today” show, plus several performances at The Grand Ole Opry and numerous festivals. She produces her own music and plays the guitar, mandolin and ukulele.

Her Saturday concert begins at 8 p.m. Tickets $27 in advance, and $32 after 5 p.m. the day of show. For more information, visit

Jonah Riddle and The Carolina Express is a bluegrass gospel band that includes Jonah, 17, on banjo, his 12-year-old brother, Grayson, on guitar and vocals, and father Benjie Riddle playing the upright bass.

The brothers were raised in the mountains of North Carolina and began their musical path by playing at churches. They have performed at festivals and venues around the country, including The Ryman Auditorium Courtyard, Dollywood, the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh, the North Carolina Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass First Class in Asheville, N.C., and the Earl Scruggs Center.

The trio will perform beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets in advance are $11, $14 after 5 p.m. Saturday. More info on the band can be found at