Marcellus Bluegrass and the Central New York Bluegrass Association joined forces to present a showcase concert. On Saturday night, the Marcellus United Methodist Church was a toe-tapping place to be.
Marcellus Bluegrass is celebrating their 10-year anniversary, and the CNYBA is on a mission.
According to CNYBA President Dennis Crawford, they want to make bluegrass music more visible. They have planned a series of showcase concerts such as Saturday night's event to keep bluegrass alive and kicking in Central New York.
Diamond Someday took the stage first. A seven-piece band with members from various Syracuse area locations, they specialize in three-part harmony and perform traditional and gospel music as well as original pieces.
The Abrams-Burtch Connection from Kingston, Ontario, finished the evening.
Wayne Abrams and Bob Burtch, friends, hunting partners and a dynamic duo who have toured Europe performing with The Abrams Brothers Band, performed with Abrams' wife, Mary, and two CNY musicians.
The rest of their band stayed behind because they don't have working cards in the United States.
Bluegrass musicians are known more for their jam sessions than for their concerts.
Kathy Kinney of the CNYBA said that children are welcome to come to jam sessions and learn to play for free. Children will be paired with a mentor musician and can be fiddling, or playing another instrument, in no time.
Contact Kinney at 277-1988 for more information on the mentoring program.
For more information from the Central New York Bluegrass Association, including upcoming showcase concerts, check out their Web site at cnyba.com.
Join Marcellus Bluegrass at 7 p.m. every Friday night at the American Legion where you can listen or play or learn to play.
Adults pay a $2 donation, and children under 16 are free. Check out their Web site for more details visit marcellusbluegrass.com.
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