ArtsLink Tickets Now Available
Tickets are now on sale for ArtsLink’s presentation of the famed bluegrass band, The Seldom Scene.
The concert, in honor of the late Norbert Ebert and the Ebert Brothers Show, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on June 15 at the Lincoln Theater in New Martinsville. Tickets are available at an advance price of $13 at Witschey’s Market at 155 North Street in downtown New Martinsville. Tickets will be $15 if purchased at the door.
The Seldom Scene began as a non-touring bluegrass band in 1971 in Bethesda, Md. The basement jam sessions at the home of Ben Eldridge started the whole thing.
Who would have thought that 40 years later, this band would have become one of the single largest contributors to the progression of bluegrass from the early days of Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe to the more contemporary sounds that they founded?
Bluegrass reached a second peak in popularity in the early 1970s, and the progressive bluegrass style played by The Seldom Scene was particularly popular. Original Seldom Scene mandolin player John Duffey’s stratospheric tenor anchored the group, but the vocal blend of The Scene set a new standard that attracted new audiences to what had been niche music.
Their weekly shows included bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classical pop.
The band’s popularity soon forced them to play more than once a week-but they continued to maintain their image as being seldom seen, and on several of their early album covers were photographed with the stage lights on only their feet, or with their backs to the camera.
Seldom Scene continues to excel in the bluegrass scene and has received critical acclaim for their work.
Their latest CD, SCENEchronized was nominated for a Grammy award. The Seldom Scene has performed at the White House many times, and continues to tour the world, garnering the moniker “America’s Bluegrass Band”.
The band consists of Dudley Connell (guitar/lead and baritone vocals), Ben Eldridge (banjo and scat singing), Lou Reid (mandolin/lead and tenor vocals), Fred Travers (dobro/lead and tenor vocals), and Ronnie Simpkins (bass/baritone vocals).
This is the 45th season for the Ebert Brothers Country & Western Variety Show. They were the first band to tour all WV State parks and have played to thousands of people in a wide variety of venues.
Norbert Ebert, as the long-time entertainment chairman of Town and Country Days, brought one of the biggest acts ever to grace the stage annual fair — The Oak Ridge Boys.
Norbert brought many big-name acts to this event, but perhaps none as big as this quartet.
Projects Committee chairman Dan Henthorn remarks, “The Seldom Scene is just phenomenal and we’re very lucky to be able to bring them to the Lincoln Theater and honor Norbert and 45 years of the Ebert Brothers Shows.”
Also performing with The Seldom Scene will be the Battle Weary Band and the Tharp Brothers.
Carman Harman will be the emcee for this event and Patches the Clown will entertain the audience, as well.
Sponsors for this event include Bridgeport Equipment, Senator and Mrs. Larry Edgell, Grisell Funeral Home and Crematory, Marble King, New Martinsville Chiropractic, Riggenbach Tire, and Witschey’s Market. Funding for this program made possible with financial assistance from ArtsLink, West Virginia Northern Community College, WETZ/ WYMJ/ WNRJ Radio, Chesapeake Energy, Dominion, Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Ohio Valley Online, and the Wells Inn.
This tour of The Seldom Scene is funded through the American Masterpieces program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the West Virginia Division of Culture and History.
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