The Old Rock School is ready to start the new “Bluegrass at the Rock” concert series beginning October 7th, 2017. “We are really excited about this season, we have some amazing new acts, as well as bringing back some of the fan favorites. This season will be one to see.” Says Community Affairs Director, Morrissa Angi.
October will kick off the Bluegrass Schedule with The Gibson Brothers, starting at 7pm on October 7th.
The Gibson Brothers are compiled of Leigh Gibson on vocals and guitar, Eric Gibson on vocals, guitar, and banjo, Mike Barber on bass, Jesse Brock on mandolin, and Clayton Campbell on fiddle. The Gibson Brothers were voted 2013 Entertainers of the Year at the IBMA World of Bluegrass 24th Annual Awards Show in Raleigh, N.C. for the second year in a row. They also won the Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year ("They Called It Music") and Eric was named the Songwriter of the Year. The Gibson Brothers were named the 2012 Entertainer of the Year Award at the 23rd Annual IBMA Awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the first time a brother duet has won this award. The same night they won the “Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year” award for “Singing as We Rise.”
The month of November will feature The True Grass Band opening up for Steve Dilling & Sideline. True Grass Band originates from Burnsville NC, and has been performing together since 1994. True Grass Band consists of Jeff Allen on guitar, Anthony Allen on bass, Daniel Cook on guitar, Jeremy Painter on mandolin, and Daniel Norton on banjo. Steve Dilling, Jason Moore, Skip Cherryholmes, Nathan Aldridge, Brad Hudson, and Troy Boone come together to create Sideline’s unique Bluegrass sound that will entertain any crowd. Some are bluegrass classics, some are destined to be classics, and all of them are performed in a way that makes audiences understand why these pickers and singers are an A tier bluegrass band, loved and adored by fans the world.
The season continues in December with something new and exciting! The Cleverly’s will bring their mixture of comedy and bluegrass to The Rock to provide an evening full of laughing and dancing. The family comes from the remote part of the Ozark Mountains, near Cane Spur, Arkansas. They spent their days working on the family farm mostly raising their own food and growing their dad’s famous pipe tobacco. They worked hard but they always had fun. In the evening they played and sang. On weekends they had pickens’ where there was always a big crowd around. The Cleverly Trio is a family band. It was founded by their dad and his three brothers, Turk, Tink and Bunyon. The whole family at one time or another has played in the band. Since 2005 Digger has taken over the band. The current members of the trio are Digger, Vernon Dean "VD" Cleverly, Monk Cleverly and Ricky Lloyd Cleverly.
The month of January will bring in the talents of Volume 5. Volume Five is certainly blazing a red-hot trail on the bluegrass scene with their live stage performances and chart topping albums. Their newest release, Drifter, on Mountain Fever Records, certainly demonstrates their various styles of bluegrass that has earned them critical acclaim from media, radio and their peers. The album made its debut on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart and has achieved significant radio success this year with four tracks charting and two singles reaching #1 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart.
To end the season in March, Nu-Blu will return to the Rock School this year entertaining audiences with their dynamic edge of music while staying grounded in the traditions and fundamentals of bluegrass. Nu-Blu has created a unique and driving blend of music that keeps audiences coming back for more. Nu-Blu will join the stage with a special guest that will be announced shortly.
Season Tickets are now available for $75 per person and include a reserved seat for all concerts. Tickets for all shows are now on sale and can be purchased at The Old Rock School, Lenoir Music Center, Goldmine in Hudson and Larry’s Musical Madness in Hickory. Tickets can also be purchased on-line and by calling 828-879-2129. For further information go to townofvaldese.com or call 828-879-2129.