Fri., March 10, 2017 – Seldom Scene – ** Tickets currently available online ONLY from this link** Over 40 years since they began playing together at weekly jam sessions in Ben Eldridge’s Bethesda, Maryland basement, The Seldom Scene have become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to the genre. Their legendary weekly DC-area residencies included bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classical pop. The band’s popularity soon forced them to play more than once a week—but they continued to maintain their image as being seldom seen, and on several of their early album covers were photographed with the stage lights on only their feet, or with their backs to the camera. The Seldom Scene have performed at the White House many times, and continue to tour year-round.The Seldom Scene are Lou Reid (mandolin/vocals), Dudley Connell (guitar/vocals), Ronnie Simpkins (bass/vocals), Rickie Simpkins (banjo/fiddle) and Fred Travers (dobro/vocals). Tickets cost $25 adv // $30 DOS. Doors 8 pm, Music 9 pm. Buy Tickets HERE.
Sat., April 1, 2017 – Billy Strings – “Imagine taking a hardcore heavy metal band like Pantera and cramming all that energy into the body of a 23-year-old bluegrass guitarist. That’s Billy Strings. He tears up the stage during his set, grimacing, growling, head-banging and tearing the holy sh*t out of a set of super-charged Americana. Kid can pick! DAMN can he pick! It’s acoustic music with a punk edge and a lot of youthful enthusiasm and, oh man, that PICKING! Strings covers a wide variety of classic tunes and songs in his show, from a slow-burning cover of ‘Wild Bill Jones’ to a raw cover of ‘Cocaine Blues’ or picking delights like ‘Red Haired Boy’ and ‘Soldier’s Joy.’ But the standout track is the opening song, ‘Dust in a Baggie,’ a cleverly written mountain song about meth that manages to take a very current and destructive issue and translate it into the bluegrass vernacular. It’s a tour-de-force, written by Strings himself, and is the moment you realize just how far this kid’s gonna go.” — D.L. “THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION” Tickets $15 adv / $18 day of show. Season Passes accepted. Tickets available online HERE and will soon be available locally at Daily Grind and Rising Sun Breads in Martinsville. Music starts 9 pm.