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Kickin Grass Band Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Special Hometown Concert

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Kickin' Grass BandOne of the Triangle's most well-loved bluegrass bands, The Kickin Grass Band, celebrates 10 years of signature Americana-style bluegrass music with a special hometown concert and celebration on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012 at the Carolina Theatre of Durham. The show is a co-presentation of The Carolina Theatre of Durham and PineCone.

Ten years in the making, the Kickin Grass Band has made its mark on the roots music scene with strong voices and original songs that reflect the depth and breadth of the human experience. Celebrate their 10-year anniversary with this special hometown concert with appearances by the Apple Chill Cloggers and band members from the ensemble's past.

This concert will feature the current lineup (Lynda Wittig Dawson - Guitar/Vocals/Songwriting; Jamie Dawson - Mandolin/Vocals; Pattie Hopkins - Fiddle/Vocals; Hank Smith - Banjo/Vocals; Patrick Walsh - Bass/Vocals) performing favorites from three acclaimed albums over the past decade, as well as new material slated for a 2012 release. The audience will also be treated to appearances by past members and old friends. The show will be recorded by F/Stop Grooves and 5x5 Photography for video production.

The original band members met in late 2001/early 2002 as the accompanying band for the Apple Chill Cloggers, and they played at festivals, colleges, and international venues with the cloggers. Their first show just as the band was in February 2002 at Remy's on Route 87 in lower Alamance County (the Remy's building is now a community hall for lower Alamance and upper Chatham residents, and they still host live music events!).

Less than a year after their first performance, Kickin Grass won the Best Band In Raleigh competition sponsored by the Hibernian and the Guitar Center in 2002, and they used the $2,000 prize money for studio time to record their first release, Backroads. All band members past and present feel a strong connection to and passion for traditional and roots music, as well as the local communities and organizations that continue these traditions. Many of their songs reference North Carolina's culture, music, and geography.

Since then, they have gone on to release two more albums of original and traditional music showcasing their grasp of tradition as well as a spirit of adventuring into the new frontier of an ever-evolving Americana genre: On the Short Rows (2006) and The Kickin Grass Band (2008).

The Kickin Grass Band was released on the Superfan Records label, a local music non-profit dedicated to supporting Raleigh music.

Kickin Grass maintains a steady touring schedule, with recent appearances at MerleFest, Greensboro's Pickin' in the Park Festival, and the Bell Buckle Music Cruise, as well as dates throughout the Piedmont.

Dawson says, "The past 10 years have been a true joy for us, playing and introducing our rootsy-Americana style of bluegrass to new fans around the world."

You don't have to travel the world to hear them perform, though; save the date to come see them in Durham! Learn more about this and other upcoming Triangle concerts and events by visiting PineCone's website: www.PineCone.org.

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