UNCLE DAVE MACON DAYS PRESENTS
CENTRAL MAGNET SCHOOL’S BASEBALL AND BLUEGRASS WITH LONESOME RIVER BAND
DECEMBER 10TH AT 6:30PM
Uncle Dave Macon Days presents a new series — “Nights of Bluegrass” benefiting Central Magnet School’s baseball program on December 10th featuring the Lonesome River Band and in 2017, February 9th featuring Flatt Lonesome. Both concerts start at 6:30pm. Due to limited seating, book now!
Let’s walk back across time into America’s past. You will find two identifiable features emerging in our culture that are uniquely American: Baseball and Bluegrass. In the hills and hollows of the rural South there were more musicians and athletic talent than you could “shake a stick “at. The rural roots of the South were primed for dual entertainment in the fairgrounds and fields. Out of this atmosphere in the 1930’s and 40’s, Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys propelled their riveting new sound into popularity by introducing each concert with a baseball game –The Bluegrass All Stars—Howard Watts, Chubby Wise, Dave Akeman (Stringbean), and Clyde Moody.
This new musical style was inspired by several influences—European classical, African-American blues and gospel, hillbilly hoedown, and even jazz. With this imaginative promotional idea of playing a baseball game before a concert, Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys were able to propel their new genre popularizing and codifying their music from town to town region by region reshaping America’s musical story into a new creation of its own.
Americans became enamored by the new sound. Alan Lomax once stated this about Bluegrass music. It was, “Folk music in overdrive!” In the early days of the Grand Ole Opry, hoe down bands like Uncle Dave Macon had become an institution in the 1920’s through the 1930’s. Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass music were snatched into the limelight and brought the Opry’s listening audiences to a new level.
By the time that Bill Monroe stepped out onto the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in October of 1939, with his imaginative promotional scheme of featuring baseball games before a concert, the music had been accepted. A new chapter in America’s musical history had begun reshaping country music.
George D. Hay, founder of the Grand Ole Opry, once said, “Uncle Dave Macon with his chin whiskers and gold teeth brought the chuckles and applause. Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys have now found a home on the Opry.”
Bluegrass and its unusual sound were poised to affect mainstream American music into the popular culture for decades to come. Once again like in days of old, the blend of baseball and bluegrass are coming together for “Nights of Bluegrass” which will benefit the baseball program at Central Magnet School on December 10thand on February 9th at 6:30pm. The 2016 IBMA award nominee—Lonesome River Band will be featured on December 10th. Since its formation 34 years ago, the Lonesome River Band continues its reputation as one of the most respected bands in Bluegrass.
In 2016 at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards, there were nominations for: Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Gospel Recorded Performer of the Year as well as Musicians of the Year in Banjo, Fiddle, Mandolin, and Bass players of the year. The band seamlessly comes together performing their traditional sound that fans have continued to embrace over the years. Banjo player, Sammy Shelor, has received more notoriety than any other banjo player in history including the Steve Martin prize for “Excellence in Bluegrass” and as 5-time IBMA Banjo Player of the Year. Their most recent album, Bridging the Tradition debuted at #2 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass charts.
So…..Mark your calendar Saturday evening, December 10th at 6:30pm at Central Middle School, the award winning Lonesome River Band will perform, building on the familiar Bluegrass sound while adding to its bold progressiveness.
Baseball and Bluegrass Nights presented by Uncle Dave Macon Days at Central Magnet will celebrate the thrilling sounds that are a perfect American original.