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Aug. 26: Arts Council Bringing Bluegrass to the Parkland
8/8/2017 1:00:00 AM
By: Sarah Haas, Communications Director

PARK HILLS – As summer winds down and the kids go back to school, Mineral Area Council on the Arts is bringing some laid-back, old-time bluegrass to prolong the ease of the season.

Cedar Hill Bluegrass Band will perform at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, in the MAC Fine Arts Theater in Park Hills. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and can be purchased at the MAC Bookstore and The performance is sponsored by Mineral Area Council on the Arts.

Fine-arts fans might want to purchase a $50 season ticket, which would cover the Cedar Hill performance in addition to knocking off $7 for the additional performances:

? Saturday, Oct. 14, 7 pm: Liverpool Legends: The Complete Beatles Experience, Centene Center, Farmington

? Friday, Nov. 17, 7 pm: From Bach to Basie: A Singin' Affair, Vocal Concert featuring Wayne Pope, baritone, and the MAC Kicks Band, Centene Center, Farmington

? Friday, Jan. 19, 7:30 pm: Zydeco Dancehall Concert, featuring the Boudin Brothers Band with dance lessons before the concert, Alexander's, Farmington.

? Saturday, Feb. 3, 7 pm The Theatreworks USA production of Charlotte's Web, Family-friendly theatrical adaptation of the classic children's tale, Centene Center, Farmington

MACOA Executive Director Danielle Basler said she’s excited about the season’s lineup, especially since it kicks off with a performance that’s unique to the council’s usual repertoire.

“We’ve not offered bluegrass in several years,” she said, “and we’re pleased to have it in this year’s schedule. There’s something about the genre that evokes the simplicity of a bygone time, when friends and neighbors got together to make great music and lasting memories. In the same vein, our 2017-18 season will offer our community five diverse and high-quality performances to experience and enjoy locally.”

Formed about 40 years ago by Frank Ray, its patriarch and mandolin player, Cedar Hill is a traditional Bluegrass band made up of five accomplished musicians and singers who have stayed true to their Ozark roots.

In 2008, Frank was honored by being inducted in to America's Old Time Country Music Hall Of Fame in Anita, Iowa.

With Jim Bunch on banjo and vocals, Pete Brown on fiddle and vocals, Patti LaFleur on bass and vocals, and Dan Stokely on guitar and lead vocals, the traditional bluegrass band travels all over the country.

For more information on this or other arts council programming and volunteer opportunities, contact Danielle Basler, (573) 518-2125 or visit Financial assistance for this project is provided by the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.

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