The Blue Stocking Club, Bristol’s longest running service organization, will bring the world’s most celebrated banjoist to the Paramount Center for the Arts in Historic Downtown Bristol in order to fund educational programming at the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum. The museum is slated to open on the corner of Moore and Cumberland Streets in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN August 2014.
Saturday, April 6, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. the virtuosic Bela Fleck and claw hammer chanteuse Abigail Washburn will headline the momentous event. Amber Rubarth Trio featuring Dave Eggar will be the opening act.
A limited number of patron tickets are on sale now. Patron ticket holders will be invited to attend the pre-concert gala at the Bristol Train Station before the concert. The categories of giving are Strummers, Pickers, and Honky Tonk Heroes with a commitment of $125 to $1,000. Anyone who wishes to become a patron must purchase online at www.BlueStockingClub.org.
General admission tickets go on sale March 6 at the Paramount box office for $35. Reservations can be made online at www.TheParamountCenter.com or by phone at 423-274-8920.
A silent auction for a Deering Banjo Company® Goodtime Openback banjo, signed by Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, will be held during the course of the pre-show gala and during the concert.
With more than a dozen Grammy Awards under his belt (and more nominations in more categories that any other artist) Fleck is without question the most celebrated and technically proficient banjo player living today. Declared “a modern classic” by the Boston Globe, Abigail Washburn is known for her work with the all-female roots band Uncle Earl. It was her interest in Chinese culture that helped inspire Sparrow Quartet, her side project with husband Fleck, renowned violinist Casey Driessen and innovative cellist Ben Sollee.
Produced by Jacquire King (Norah Jones, Kings of Leon), Amber Rubarth’s fifth album, A Common Case of Disappearing, debuted at number 13 on iTunes’ songwriter charts and features duets with Jason Reeves and Jason Mraz. Her trio consists of dynamic cellist Dave Eggar and Max ZT. Eggar is now touring with Matchbox 20 and Phillip Phillips; NPR calls Max ZT the “Jimi Hendrix of Hammered Dulcimer”.
Founded in May 1920, Blue Stocking Club’s mission of volunteerism is nearly as legendary as Fleck’s musicianship. Its efforts have impacted a number of organizations including Bristol Public Library and Bristol Faith in Action. The proceeds raised for the April concert will be designated for classrooms in the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum that will house educational programming for children.
The Birthplace of Country Music® Museum is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and will offer a variety of traveling and interactive exhibits, provide educational programming and offer a 100-seat performance theatre. For more information about the museum, visit www.BirthplaceOfCountryMusic.org.