Friday, September 15, 2006

Everything you need to know about BIG SUNDAY BLUEGRASS...

On Sunday, October 8th, the folks who bring you Bluegrass Cafe each week are teaming up with the Podunk Bluegrass Music Committee and the Rhode Island Bluegrass Music Association (RIBGMA) to present a "Bluegrass Blowout," of sorts. We've put together a 3-band lineup that should appeal to all sorts of Bluegrass listeners in southern New England: BIG SUNDAY BLUEGRASS.

This show will feature a lot of talent, including Wildfire (a 5-man group which includes the reigning IBMA Dobro Player of the Year, Phil Leadbetter); Windy Creek (a band from New Brunswick, Canada who have a solid, traditional sound); and Pine Mountain Railroad (another 5-man ensemble from Tennessee with a very successful recording called "Heartache & Hope.") This show is chocked full of talent -- how can you miss?

Tickets will be available at the door, but if you like to save a little bit of money, advanced orders for a slightly lower ticket price are available until September 25th. In addition, if you care to join RIBGMA (which aims to promote Bluegrass not to just Rhode Islanders, by the way, but also to those in the "surrounding states"), you will be eligible for an even bigger ticket discount. To see the show flyer with more information on ticket prices, etc., click here.

Oops -- almost forgot - the show will be held at the East Hartford Community Cultural Center on 50 Chapman Place in East Hartford, CT, and will start at 1PM. The doors will open at noon, and pre-show jamming is encouraged. Food will be available. If you'd like more information, call (860)455-9400 or (860)617-0394, or send email to Of course, another source for information on this show is Bluegrass Cafe. Jim and I will be happy to share with you whatever show information we can gather.

This promises to be a big show and a fine afternoon. I saw Wildfire at Thomas Point Beach just a couple of weeks ago, and they were fantastic. I've not seen PMRR in few years, but I'm sure I won't be disappointed, and we've heard all sorts of great things about Windy Creek, so it will be fun to see them, too. Won't you join us and help kick off our celebration of (almost) 25 years of Bluegrass programming at WHUS?

We hope to see you (and lots of your friends) there!


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