45 E. Second St.
Chillicothe, OH 45601
7:00PM, Friday, February 23, 2018
($15.00 – $25.00)
Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond – one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than forty years. Their cutting-edge modern bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude acts entrenched in niche genres. Such appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk. All the while, stages that represent the strongest bastions of tradition continually welcome them, as evidenced by the over 180 performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Honors also include performing twice for President George W. Bush and at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball at the Smithsonian. Their current album, And Then There’s This…, was released January 8, 2016 on Mountain Home Records and is the band’s must successful to date! With a #1 debut on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, the #1 album for five months (June – October) on Bluegrass Unlimited’s National Bluegrass Survey and a #1 single with “I Know Better”, The Grascals want everyone to know that they are still striving to record (and perform) the very best bluegrass music possible. The Grascals’ rare musical empathy gives them an unerring ear for just the right touch to illuminate each song’s deepest spirit – whether they’re digging into one of their original songs or reworking a bluegrass classic – and they continue to prove why they are one of the very best bands in the business. VIP tickets available in the first two rows on the floor and the front row of the balcony. VIP tickets include poster, collectible lanyard, and VIP gift bag!
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
7:00PM, Sunday, June 17, 2018
($20.00 – $50.00)
Famously crowned as "the new queen of bluegrass" by the Wall Street Journal, and the most decorated artist in that field. Vincent's music incorporates savvy contemporary touches while drawing deeply from the authentic traditions of classic bluegrass, with a flawless band that can execute break-neck instrumentals to heart wrenching ballads. Her latest project "Taken" features special guests ranging from Dolly Parton to Richard Marx. With over eighty awards to their name, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage are the most celebrated band in bluegrass. Please note that this is a rain or shine event and all sales are final. There will be no opening act. VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE AND INCLUDE: BLUEGRASSS BUFFET, COLLECTIBLE VIP LANYARD, LIMITED EDITION SHOW POSTER & PRIORITY LINE DURING MEET & GREET. Kids 10 years and younger are only $5! Join us prior to the show beginning at 4:30 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 Broaster 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 $14.95 for adults and $7.95 for kids 10 and under.
The Del McCoury Band & Nathan Stanley
Sugarloaf Mountain Amphitheatre
7:00PM, Sunday, July 8, 2018
($35.00 – $55.00)
For more than fifty years, Del McCoury's music has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans as well as a growing number of fans among those only vaguely familiar with the genre. McCoury is something special, a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honkytonks, schoolhouse shows and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, yet also a commandingly vital presence today, from prime time and late night talk show TV to music festivals where audiences number in the hundreds of thousands. Born in York County, PA seventy five years ago, Del McCoury would once have seemed an unlikely candidate for legendary status. Bitten hard by the bluegrass bug when he heard Earl Scruggs' banjo in the early '50s. McCoury became a banjo picker himself, working in the rough but lively Baltimore and D.C. bar scene into the early 1960s. He got his first taste of the limelight when he joined Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in early 1963; the Father of Bluegrass moved McCoury from the banjo to guitar, made him his lead singer, and gave him a lifetime's worth of bluegrass tutelage direct from the source. Flash-forward to 1990s and the Del McCoury Band is on top of the bluegrass world, along the way giving birth to a more startling phenomenon: the emergence of the group onto the larger musical scene as a unique torchbearer for the entire sweep of bluegrass and its history. For it turned out that the unmistakable authenticity of McCoury's music-along with his good-natured willingness to keep alert for new sounds and new opportunities-had bred fans in some unlikely places. That bluegrass-bred stars like Gill and Alison Krauss (who first met Del at a bluegrass festival when she filled in for a missing fiddler of his) would sing his praises wasn't surprising, but who would have expected country-rock icons like Steve Earle or jam bands like the supremely popular Phish to have joined in the chorus? By the second half of the '90s, the acclaim-and Del's open-mindedness-put McCourys in onstage jams with Phish and on the road and in the studio with Earle, bringing the Del McCoury Band's fierce musicianship and its leader's instantaneous, easygoing connection with listeners to new arenas. The group appeared on prime time television and began an ongoing series of visits to popular late night TV talk shows, toured rock clubs and college campuses, and found itself welcome at country and even jazz-oriented music festivals and venues. Yet while reaching out to almost unimaginable audiences, Del's music retains its signature characteristics. The fifth decade of that half-century of music making has been filled with new and ongoing triumphs. The Del McCoury Band has shown unprecedented stability, with but a single change in membership in twenty years; nine IBMA Entertainer of the Year trophies, their namesake earned membership in the cast of the legendary Grand Ole Opry in 2003, and the Band earned their first Best Bluegrass Album Grammy award two years later followed by their second Grammy win in 2014 (to go along with double digit nominations); they traveled with the groundbreaking post-O Brother "Down From The Mountain" tour, performed and recorded (on his Grammy-winning These Days) with Gill and with country star Dierks Bentley; they are a regular at the spectacular Bonnaroo Music Festival, and Del's namesake Festival, DelFest has quickly become one of the premier string band events in the country showcasing acts ranging from bluegrass legend Bobby Osborne to Phish's frontman Trey Anastasio. Please note that this is a rain or shine event and all sales are final. Nathan Stanley will open the show at 6PM. VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE AND INCLUDE: BLUEGRASSS BUFFET, COLLECTIBLE VIP LANYARD, LIMITED EDITION SHOW POSTER & PRIORITY LINE DURING MEET & GREET. Kids 6 years and younger are only $5! Join us prior to the show beginning at 4:30 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 Broaster 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.
2018 SamJam Bluegrass Festival Aug 29-Sept 2, 2018
Pike Co. Fairgrounds
311 Mill St.
Piketon, ohio 45661
6:00PM, Wednesday, August 29, 2018
($40 – $100)
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2018 FAN APPRECIATION DAY (FREE ADMISSION WITH PURCHASE OF ANY TICKET) 6 P.M. - Tim Strong & Kentucky Ridge 7:30 P.M. - Creek Don't Rise THURSDAY, AUGUST 30, 2018 1 P.M. and 5 P.M. - Claybank 2 P.M. and 6 P.M. - Dave Adkins Band 3 P.M. and 7 P.M. - Po' Ramblin' Boys 8 P.M. - Flatt Lonesome 9:30 P.M. - Sideline FRIDAY, AUGUST 31, 2018 1 P.M. and 5 P.M. - Newtown 2 P.M. and 6 P.M. - Volume Five 3 P.M. and 10 P.M. - Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out 7 P.M. - Dailey and Vincent 8:30 P.M. - The Seldom Scene SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1, 2018
NOON and 5 P.M. - Blue Mafia 1 P.M. and 6 P.M. - Turning Ground 2 P.M. and 7 P.M. - The Darrell Webb Band 3 P.M. - The Grascals NOW (Current Band) 8 P.M. - Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver 9:30 P.M. - The Grascals THEN (with Jamie Johnson) 10:30 P.M. - The Cleverlys SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2018 11 A.M. - New Again NOON - Sammy Adkins and The Sandy Hook Mountain Boys 1:30 P.M. - Hammertowne 4 P.M. - Band of Ruhks 5:30 P.M. - Rhonda Vincent and The Rage 7 P.M. - Lonesome River Band 11 P.M. - RAGHEAD AFTER PARTY FEATURING THE BARNLIZARDS