The Grascals

Grammy-nominated bluegrass band The Grascals take the Cultural Center stage on Friday, May 4. A pre-concert lecture with Dr. Dan Boner from East Tennessee State is included with a ticket. This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Council for the Arts.

The Cultural Center is proud to continue the 16th annual Madison Chamber Music Festival with The Grascals on Friday, May 4. The Grascals will be performing in the Cultural Center Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. and participating in a free concert talkback with ETSU professor Dr. Daniel Boner prior to the concert at 7 p.m.. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

The Grascals’ cutting-edge modern bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of and admiration for the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned three Grammy Award nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude acts entrenched in niche genres. Such appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and CBS’ The Talk.

At 7 p.m. on the auditorium stage, members of the band will sit down with Dr. Boner to discuss the history of bluegrass, their music and the place of bluegrass in the American music scene. Boner is the Director of Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies at East Tennessee State University. A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist himself, Boner has made national and international concert tours of Italy, Japan, Germany, Belgium, Canada, England and Scotland, performing at venues that include St. Peter's Basilica, NATO Headquarters, the Smithsonian National Folklife Festival, the Grand Ole Opry and The White House. Boner’s music can be heard on more than 50 recordings, including his 2007 solo album, “The Gospel Way” and his production of David Grindstaff's “Here and Now,” which featured a number of IBMA and Grammy Award-winning artists.

This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Georgia Council for the Arts.

Tickets are available at the Cultural Center and online at Tickets: Adult: $20 and Students: $10. A cash bar will be available prior to the concert and a free reception will follow. Please contact the front desk for more information: 706-342-4743 or toll free 855-627-0723.

The Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is a multi-disciplinary non-profit institution that endeavors to enrich the lives of the residents of its immediate community and the broader region by presenting high quality programming and educational opportunities in the fields of visual and performing arts, history and other humanities. The Cultural Center is located at 434 South Main Street, Madison, GA 30650.

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