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Inaugural Bluegrass In The Mountain Concert Sunday June 8th

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McLain Family BandWilmore, KY -- The volunteers of the Troubadour Concert Series and Highbridge Spring Water are excited to present what we hope will be the first in a series of concerts held inside the mountain of amazing Highbridge Cave. We kid you not ... this will be fun! Our premier concert will be the legendary McLain Family Band, making bluegrass music worldwide for nearly 50 years. They began performing as a family in Hindman, later on at Renfro Valley and even started a hugely popular bluegrass festival in Berea. They toured in over 60 nations around the world and have performed in venues as diverse as major festivals, symphony halls and Carnegie Hall.

Bring your own lawn chair and wear sneakers or sensible shoes a warm shirt or sweater and a baseball cap. There will be plenty of free parking however, seating is limited so call early. It's only a 20 minute scenic drive from Lexington outside of Wilmore, home of Asbury University and Highbridge Springs Water. Take US 68 west (Harrodsburg Road/Broadway) to US 29 (by the Marathon Station), go through Wilmore for about 5 miles. The Highbridge entrance is clearly marked on your left.

As a performing songwriter and folksinger, I was getting frustrated that the music I loved was presented either in small coffeehouses, clubs or outdoor festivals. Not that any is "bad" at all. But just that? Why no "class," no elegance? My good friend Jim Piston listened and, after a few moments of thought, responded, "Why don't we use that movie theater downtown and put on some shows? You know, let's try it out . . ."

So on a snowy February afternoon in 1993, the Troubadour Concert Series was born. Fred Mills, the manager of the Kentucky Theater, welcomed the idea into the historic venue. We all agreed that we would do six shows that summer, assemble a crew of tie-dyed, granola-chompin, sandal-wearing music lovin' volunteers to run the concerts, and just have a good time for the summer. The folks at BUDWEISER agreed to underwrite the series and local radio and TV stations donated advertising.

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