Sam Bush + Rex & Gus McGee
Saturday, July 1, 7 p.m.
Adults $35, Day of Show $40 children 12 & younger $15
Sam Bush, aka The Father of Newgrass, is known as one of the liveliest performers wherever he plays.
Inspired by the pioneering progressive bluegrass band The New Deal String Band and their rock-flavored approach to bluegrass, Bush formed the New Grass Revival in 1972. Over the next 17 years, he and the band revolutionized the music of the hill country, incorporating everything from gospel and reggae to rock and modern jazz into their tradition-rooted sound.
After a quarter-century of making music with New Grass Revival and collaborating with other bands, Bush went solo. He’s released seven albums and a live DVD over the past two decades. In 2009, the Americana Music Association awarded Bush the Lifetime Achievement Award for Instrumentalist. The Punch Brothers, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Greensky Bluegrass are just a few present-day bluegrass vanguards he’s influenced.
+ Rex & Gus McGee
Stokes County, North Carolina father and son duo of Rex & Gus McGee will be opening the show.
Rex McGee traveled throughout the US and Canada with flatpicking guitar legend Larry Keel and renowned newgrass vocalist John Cowan, and produced collaborations with Vassar Clements, Tony Rice, Pat Flynn and many other acoustic musical greats.
McGee’s roots in traditional music run deep. Born in Winston-Salem, NC and raised on the family farm near Sauratown Mountain, he had early formal training on the piano and fiddle. His father accompanied him on piano for weekly performances with the Stokes County Ramblers at the Pollirosa Opry. His Grandfather McGee was a renowned fiddler of the generation of Round Peak old-time icon Tommy Jarrell.
ADDITIONAL CONCERT DETAILS
Gates open to ticket holders at 5:45 p.m. Season pass holders are allowed into the amphitheater 15 minutes early, at 5:30 p.m.
Bring a chair or blanket to sit on. You may bring a coolers or picnic basket, but no alcohol please.
Concerts are held rain or shine, and it can be cool in the mountains when the sun goes down, so bring a raincoat, poncho or umbrella, and a sweater or jacket.
Please note that advance ticket purchases are nonrefundable.
SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR ATTENDEES
The Roots of American Music concert series is held in the Blue Ridge Music Center’s spacious outdoor amphitheater on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
To make the experience as safe as possible, please stay at home if you have a fever, cough, aches and pains, loss of smell or taste, difficulty breathing, or are sneezing and coughing.
Concert attendees are asked to maintain six feet of distance between groups throughout the evening, including when standing in line and selecting seating locations in the amphitheater.