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International Bluegrass Music Museum Benefit Concert Series

By Mandolin Cafe
March 19, 2010 - 3:30 pm

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International Bluegrass Music Museum

International Bluegrass Music Museum

Owensboro, Ky. — The International Bluegrass Music Museum is pleased to announce a new benefit concert series to be held at the Museum in Owensboro beginning this month. "Musicians for the Bluegrass Music Museum" was conceived and organized by Ernie Evans, guitarist for Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike, a longtime supporter of the Museum and its programs.

The series will begin on Friday, March 26 with a performance by the James King Band. More concerts will follow in April, featuring Summertown Road and Kenny & Amanda Smith. There are more musicians who have expressed interest, according to Evans, such as Blue Moon Rising, Brand New Strings and Jeff & Vida.

Evans says he got the idea for a concert series after donating a show with Liberty Pike back in December. "Based on the enthusiasm of a sold out crowd, it occurred to me that if other bands were to follow suit, that a series of concert could have a huge impact that would benefit the museum," Evans says.

"I realize that funding is difficult for any non-profit organization today and after visiting the museum it became obvious to me that it is costly to maintain a first class facility like IBMM."

Evans himself will take part in the concert series with a performance later this spring with Liberty Pike celebrating the release of their new CD, Blame it on the Bluegrass, recorded at the Museum during their Bluegrass in the Schools residency in January.

Evans is busy recruiting more bands to the cause through his personal connections and through social networking. He created a group on Facebook called 'Musicians for the Bluegrass Music Museum' to spread the word throughout the bluegrass community.

Any bluegrass bands are welcome to help, Evans says. "Most artists that are touring nationally will, at some point in time, travel through or close to Owensboro," he says. "We are flexible on what day of the week concerts can be held. So it can be convenient to the artist's itinerary."

Even if bands don't travel to Kentucky, Evans says they can still assist by helping to spread the word. Bands can also become members and can donate proceeds from special shows.

The price for the 'Musicians for the Bluegrass Music Museum' series will be $10 per ticket. All performances will take place at the Museum at 7:00 p.m. For more information on tickets and specific dates, visit the Museum's web site or call 888-MY-BANJO.

Scheduled Concerts

March 26 - James King Band
April 1 - Jack Hicks and Summertown Road
April 15 - Kenny & Amanda Smith

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