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Arts & Entertainment An evening of bluegrass at Smoky Center

 Balsam RangeThe Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts will host “An Evening of Great Bluegrass,” featuring The Boxcars and Balsam Range, on Friday, August 26, at 7:30 PM. Tickets are $15 each.

The Boxcars have a unique style of contemporary bluegrass that pleases audiences, both young and old. Their unique sound combines old bluegrass with the cutting edge sounds of bluegrass today. Members have performed with bluegrass legends such as The Isaacs and Allison Krauss and Union Station. This quintet includes the musical styling of Adam Steffey on mandolin, Ron Stewart on banjo and fiddle, John R. Bowman on banjo, fiddle, and guitar, Keith Garrett on guitar, and Harold Nixon on bass.

Balsam Range, a quintet from Haywood County, blends bluegrass, folk, gospel, and jazz into a fabulous acoustic styling. Last year, WNCW, the number one flagship bluegrass radio station, voted Balsam Range’s album, Trains I Missed, as number one on their Top 50 Bluegrass CDs of 2010, and number five on their top 100 overall from any genre – ahead of Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, and Robert Plant. Members of this award-winning quintet include Tim Surrett as lead vocal and on bass and resonator guitar, Buddy Melton on vocals, fiddle, and upright bass, Caleb Smith on vocals and guitar, Darren Nicholson on vocals and mandolin, and Marc Pruett on three-finger banjo.

These phenomenal groups are sure to provide an evening of great bluegrass for music lovers of all types. It’s an event you won’t want to miss.

To purchase tickets to any performance at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, to get more information, or to see a schedule of coming events, go to www.GreatMountainMusic.com or call 866.273.4615.


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