By Lisa Snedeker

The Seldom Scene is bringing its unique blend of progressive bluegrass on Friday, March 10, to the historic Rives Theatre in uptown Martinsville, Virginia. Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door and day of show. Doors open at 8 p.m. with music starting at 9 p.m. Tickets are available for purchase online here.

According to the band’s website, in the more than 40 years since they began playing together at weekly jam sessions in Ben Eldridge’s Bethesda, Maryland, basement, The Seldom Scene have become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to the genre.

The Seldom Scene are Lou Reid (mandolin/vocals), Dudley Connell (guitar/vocals), Ronnie Simpkins (bass/vocals), Rickie Simpkins (banjo/fiddle) and Fred Travers (dobro/vocals).

In January 2016 after the announcement of Ben Eldridge’s retirement from the band, Rickie Simpkins became the newest member of the Seldom Scene. Rickie has played with the “Tony Rice Unit” and as “Emmylou Harris’ The Red Dirt Boys.”

Their legendary weekly DC-area residencies included bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classical pop. The band’s popularity soon forced them to play more than once a week—but they continued to maintain their image as being seldom seen, and on several of their early album covers were photographed with the stage lights on only their feet, or with their backs to the camera.

The Seldom Scene have performed at the White House many times, and continue to tour year-round.

Learn more here.

This story originally appeared on Musicreporterblog.com

 

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