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Bluegrass at the Rock: Nu Blu with The Boxcars Nov 1

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The BoxcarsThe Old Rock School in Valdese, North Carolina has become well-known throughout the nation for its outstanding bluegrass concerts. The 500 seat auditorium is the perfect place to hear all of your bluegrass favorites.

All of us at The Old Rock School are very excited about the 2013-2014 season (October-April) and are happy to bring it to you. Check out our monthly calendar for individual performances and click to find out more information about who's coming. All concerts for the 2013-2014 season begin at 7:30pm, doors will open at 6:30pm. Handicap entrance is located at the rear of the building.

Nu-Blu, based in Siler City in central North Carolina, is comprised of Carolyn Routh, who handles bass and vocals; Levi Austin on vocals and banjo; Austin Koerner, who plays mandolin; and Daniel Routh, who is the band’s Renaissance Man – guitarist, singer, manager, and tour coordinator, among many other roles. The group brings its lively and entertaining version of Americana-bluegrass music to audiences across the nation year-round.

Their sound acknowledges the traditional institutions that have shaped it, yet is innovative and daring enough to bring a fresh sparkle to contemporary acoustic music that lands them squarely in the forefront of bands blazing the trail in Americana entertainment. Influences range from the sounds of original bluegrass pioneers like Earl Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and Lester Flatt to rock bands of the 1980’s, and modern contemporary sounds such as Alison Krauss and Union Station. Nu-Blu’s full, welcoming sounds provide a home for listeners and encourage them to explore new sounds, create personal roots, and imagine music free from labels.

Just a short time ago, the name "The Boxcars" meant nothing. A few years later the name is synonymous with the five guys that make up this ground breaking band. They don't sound like anyone else. And yet they capture the excitement of the seminal bands that preceeded them in the genre and combine it with cutting edge sounds of bluegrass today. The result is, well, magical. You can't replace chemistry between band members. And these guys have it.

The Boxcars. Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, John R. Bowman, Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon make up what will surely soon be one of the top headliners in bluegrass and beyond. With collective stints with Alison Krauss & Union Station (Adam Steffey, John Bowman), J.D. Crowe & The New South (Ron Stewart, John Bowman, Harold Nixon), Blue Moon Rising (Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon), The Isaacs (John Bowman) and most recently The Dan Tyminski Band (Steffey and Stewart), this quintet starts out with an impressive rap sheet.

The best bluegrass bands perform live at the Old Rock School. Call 828-879-2129 for ticket information (Master Card and Visa accepted). Season Tickets are available this year for $100 per person. Tickets for all concerts are available now! Tickets Available by calling 828-879-2129 by credit card or at any of the following outlets:

  • Larry's Musical Madness- Hickory
  • Old Rock School-Valdese
  • Goldmine- Hudson
  • Music Center-Lenoir

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