Bluegrass Is Still The Best Deal For The Money

We got a note from Disc Jockey and Musician Jay Armsworthy announcing some upcoming concerts he’s presenting at his local American Legion and it struck us as astounding just how much entertainment bluegrass fans can get for their buck.  Jay is presenting a stellar line-up of award winning headliner acts at just fifteen dollars a ticket.  In any other genre of music, comparable acts would cost upwards of seventy five dollars for the cheap seats.  A ticket right now for a Yo-Yo Ma performance in Pittsburg will cost $230 or more.   Las Vegas residents can see Yo-Yo at a bargain for just $95 per ticket.  The Lady Antebellum show this weekend in Knoxville, TN will cost you anywhere from $75 to $904 (yes that’s correct) depending upon your seating choice.  If you want another type of entertainment for your money, Larry the Cable-Guy will get you in the door from $87 to $203 and February’s upcoming Nascar event in Daytona Beach will cost anywhere from $44 to $243.
imageAs the summer festival season ends and the cold winter chills approach, it’s time once again to move inside for some warm and cozy Bluegrass music. This year , Jay Armsworthy and the Sons of the American Legion Post 238 brings an award winning lineup of recent 2011 IBMA winners including the IIIrd Tyme Out, The Boxcars, and Larry Sparks.

Starting off the shows on December 4 will be The Paul Adkins Band. From his signature song for being the son of a coal miner in the hills of West Virginia, "Daddy Was a Coal Mining Man," Paul has been pleasing crowds across the country and in Canada since the 1970s. He has lent his talents to such legends as Bill Harrell and the Virginians and J.D. Crowe and the New South, replacing Country music singer Keith Whitley before Keith started his Country career.

Image634565143855768566By the mid 80’s Paul launched his own band Paul Adkins & the Borderline Band recording for Rebel Records.
After a bit of a break from touring, Paul is back with a strong traditional focus in The Paul Adkins Band, with some of the best traditional Bluegrass pickers to be found. Joining Paul in the band is banjo whiz, Chris Warner. Bluegrass fans will remember Chris from his years with the Legendary King of Bluegrass, Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys. Adding to the traditional flavor on guitar and vocals is Jay Armsworthy, known to many fans from Jay Armsworthy & Eastern Tradition.

Jay's recent all-gospel album, "I Couldn't Make It Without Him," has been doing great, and fits in with Paul's well-known interest in writing and singing gospel music. Kevin Mallow joins in with the most soulful and traditional style of fiddle playing around in Bluegrass today and acoustic bass player and tenor singer Lewis Layton rounds out the ensemble with his solid bass playing. The Paul Adkins Band are going back to the roots of Bluegrass, and playing it like it was done in the 50s and 60s. Paul brings an original, traditional sound of bluegrass music straight from the heart of a man who has lived the life of the songs he sings.

Image634565145487058566Other upcoming shows at the Legion include: 2011 IBMA winners, The Boxcars on Sunday January 29, 2012; 2011 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year, Russell Moore and the IIIrd Tyme Out on Sunday February 12; and back again, Larry Sparks on Sunday March 11. Sound will be provided by the one and only, Troy Jones

The shows will be held at the American Legion Post 238 in Hughesville, Maryland on the corner of Rt. 381 & Rt. 231 and will begin at 2:00 pm with the doors opening at Noon. Tickets for each show will be “ONLY” $15.00 per person. These are some great shows at the same unbeatable price.

Food will be available for sale before the shows. For more information, tickets, and directions, go to www.americanlegionbluegrass.com or call 301-737-3004. Pre-purchased tickets will be held at the door for pick up on the day of the show. Also non-perishable food donations will be accepted for the Helping Hands Food Bank in Southern Maryland.

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