Owensboro, KY - The International Bluegrass Music Museum announced the schedule for their fall benefit concert series slated to begin August 26 and continuing through the month of December. The series will feature seven bluegrass and folk bands from across the United States starting with Mipso, a four-piece out of North Carolina on August 26.
Season passes are available for $100 each; passes include one ticket to each show included in the series. Individual show tickets are also available for purchase at $15 per ticket. The concerts are held at the Museum's theater in downtown Owensboro. With a capacity of 130, these shows create an intimate atmosphere allowing audience members and artists to connect through the music.
Featured bands (more info on bands below):
MIPSO - The renegade traditionalists of Mipso are doing their part to push the Appalachian folk and bluegrass tradition into new territory. This North Carolina four-piece borrows the best from bluegrass, contemporary country, pop, gospel, folk and American singer-songwriter traditions to create their hallmark sound. They kick off our fall benefit concert series on August 26.
MISTY MOUNTAIN STRING BAND - Misty Mountain String Band honors their Kentucky and West Virginia roots, drawing influence from the old-time and traditional music of Appalachia. Their music combines high energy with charismatic storytelling and a warm, conversational attitude. The group's universal appeal allows them to connect with fans of folk music around the world. They make their debut at IBMM September 12.
TROUT STEAK REVIVAL - Winners of the 2014 Telluride band competition, Trout Steak Revival boasts a unique brand of heartfelt songwriting blended with dynamic musicianship and intricately woven harmonies. What began as an informal jamming unit has evolved into one of Colorado's most tightly-knit bluegrass bands. Keeping an eye on tradition while boldly forging into new territory, Trout Steak Revival is set to take the IBMM stage October 5.
OHIO RIVER TOUR featuring J.D. WILKES & THE TILLERS - J.D. WILKES: Joshua "J. D." Wilkes is an American visual artist, musician, and amateur filmmaker. Kentucky Colonel, accomplished harmonica player and founding member of the Legendary Shack Shakers are just a few of J.D.'s artistic endeavors. He brings his incredible talent to the IBMM stage as part of an Ohio River Tour. THE TILLERS: Hailing from Cincinnati, the Tillers resurrect songs of America's past and craft originals all their own while touching on themes both historical and timeless. Clawhammer banjo, acoustic guitar and upright bass meet high mountain harmonies that belt, croon, lament and rejoice.
WOOD & WIRE - Wood & Wire is a young acoustic band from Austin, TX with a love for pure music played well. A culmination of distinct musical personalities, the band's sound is strongly rooted in traditional bluegrass, with elements of progressive grass such as modern harmony and song forms. In the studio and on the stage, Wood & Wire continues to share its passion for pure music through heartfelt performances across the country including IBMM on November 20.
THE GIVING TREE BAND - Hailing from outside Chicago, The Giving Tree Band cultivates a sound that hearkens back to classic American folk. Their music embodies the band's unwavering passion for perfecting their craft with the finest songwriting and musical versatility on display. The most common descriptive among those who share the GTB concert experience is "undeniable" in regard to their chemistry on stage and the energy shared with their audiences. They're bringing that energy to IBMM December 4.
DRIFTWOOD - Driftwood, out of Binghampton, NY is a band with a rock n' roll soul and a folk art mind. Carving out a name for themselves with electrifying live performances, they bring one of the most unique, raw sounds to the Americana/roots music scene. After the release of their Debut CD "Rally Day" in 2009, the band has spent most of the last 5 years on the road. Their stage experience and musical styling hit the IBMM stage on December 17.
More information on the artists, the schedule and ticket purchases are available on the Museum's website - www.bluegrassmuseum.org. Monies raised from this concert series help the museum continue their efforts to preserve and honor the legacy of bluegrass music including music educational programs, general museum operating expenses, the Video Oral History Project (VOHP) and artifact collection efforts. Tickets are available online (www.bluegrassmuseum.org) or by calling the museum - 270-926-7891.