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Southern Wisconsin Bluegrass Music Association Inc., To Honor Jesse McReynolds On October 21, 2006

By Nancy Nikora
October 4, 2006 - 7:15 am

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Jesse McReynolds

Jesse McReynolds

Madison, Wis. — Arguably, there are only three modern styles of mandolin to come from the American folk idiom - those developed by Bill Monroe, Jesse McReynolds and Jethro Burns. While many aspire to the popular bluegrass style of Monroe and some to the jazzy and comical style of Jethro, relatively few tackle the nearly impossible cross-picking and split string techniques of Jesse - a style that is singularly unique.

Imagine having the chance to spend an afternoon with this musical giant. Picture a celebratory lunch, an informative conversation, and a chance to play music with the artist in a casual and interactive setting. Follow this extraordinary experience with an evening concert showcasing the artist and his band. SWBMAI presents this exceptional chance to spend an afternoon and evening with Bluegrass pioneer, Jesse McReynolds on October 21, 2006.

Following the lunch in his honor at noon, Mr. McReynolds will participate in a conversation with the audience to be facilitated by internationally recognized country music historian Dr. Bill C. Malone from 1:30-2:30 p.m. At 2:45 the Milwaukee area band, Above the Town, will lead an hour-long jam session. The showcase evening concert begins at 7:30. Above the Town opens for Jesse McReynolds and the Virginia Boys. All events will take place at the Lussier Family Heritage Center at 3101 Lake Farm Park Road in Madison.

During the break, Charter Communications Wisconsin will screen BlueHighways TV's The Jim & Jesse Story. This program is a two-part special edition of BlueHighways' original series American Journeys which follows the extensive career of Bluegrass music legends Jim and Jesse McReynolds. The program is additionally available on Charter's free On Demand service throughout October, November and December.

The afternoon events require advance registration. Ticket prices are $30.00 for the three afternoon activities, $30.00 for the Concert, or $50.00 for an afternoon and evening package. A $5.00 discount on each individual ticket, or $10.00 discount on the package is offered for members of the SWBMAI. Tickets can be purchased at Borders West, B-Side Music, Madison Music and Spruce Tree Music. Combination packages must be ordered by October 14th, and can be ordered by calling Carolyn Hegeler at (608) 238-6863 or by requesting them via e-mail at Complete information is on the Southern Wisconsin Bluegrass Music Association's website.

This project is supported by the Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission with additional funds from the Overture Foundation and Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation. Further support is given by Charter Communications Wisconsin and BlueHighways TV, and a gift from Bill Graham.

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