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Bluegrass Museum Benefit Concert with Common Ground October 22nd

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Common GroundPlease join the International Bluegrass Music Museum for some red hot bluegrass from southern Indiana, Common Ground. If you love high energy, good ol' fashioned bluegrass music performed around a single microphone, you'll love Common Ground. They describe their sound as a cross between The Country Gentlemen and The Johnson Mountain Boys with a little Flatt & Scruggs thrown in for good measure. Don't miss this dynamic bluegrass band. Preview their music and a video.

The bluegrass music industry is enjoying a well deserved popularity not seen in many years, thanks to performers like Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Patty Loveless, Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Nickel Creek, and The Soggy Bottom Boys with their hit song, Man Of Constant Sorrow, from the movie soundtrack, O' Brother Where Art Thou.

It's Common Ground's intention to offer a hard driving, progressive bluegrass sound, utilizing traditional bluegrass, gospel, country, and vintage southern rock tunes, with strong emphasis on full 3 and 4-part harmonies. Their goal is to cater to traditional bluegrass enthusiasts, while also drawing a young, new crowd of bluegrassers to the art form.

Technically though, the group prefers to stick to the traditional, old style simplicity of working around only one single, microphone while performing on stage. In the early days of bluegrass music, groups like Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, The Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jessie, among most other performers, used only one single microphone in their stage shows. At that time, that's pretty much all they had to work with. They would play in a semi-circle around that single microphone, weaving in and out as they took their individual instrument breaks, or during their lead vocal parts. They would roll in and tighten up together around the mic when it came to singing a 3 or 4-part harmony vocal part. This allowed them to control the sound mix themselves, while they performed on stage. Those guys perfected the technique of working around only one microphone. That style of stage showmanship is still alive and visible today, during a Common Ground performance.

The Bluegrass Museum's concert with Common Ground will be held Saturday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. with wine and finger foods served at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are only $10 and may be purchased in advance at the Museum's gift shop, or at the door on the night of the performance. If you love great bluegrass music, make a reservation by calling 270-926-7891. Ask for Danny Clark--he will sell you a ticket. But don't wait too long, because seating is limited.

The evening's music will be broadcast live on Radio Bluegrass International, the Museum's free online radio station. Click here to access RBI.

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