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Seldom Scene scheduled to perform at Arts Center

November 14, 2012
The Inter-Mountain

Legendary bluegrass band The Seldom Scene is coming to Elkins Saturday at 7:30 p.m. as part of the 20122013 Evening Concert Series at the Randolph County Community Arts Center. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and tickets are on sale now in the Arts Center office.

The band will also be offering a free workshop before the concert, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the RCCAC. The informal workshop will be like an "open sound check" and participants are invited to bring their instruments or simply come to ask questions and enjoy the music.

Seldom Scene has thrilled audiences world-wide with their electrifying and time-tested bluegrass, garnering them the moniker "America's Bluegrass Band." One of the single largest contributors to the progression of bluegrass from the early days of Flatt and Scruggs and Bill Monroe to the more contemporary sounds that they founded, Seldom Scene's bluegrass versions of country, rock, and even classical pop make them a standout.

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The Seldom Scene will perform at part of the 2012 – 2013 Evening Concert Series at the Randolph County Community Arts Center Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 7 p.m., and tickets are on sale in the Arts Center office now.

The band consists of Dudley Connell (guitar/lead and baritone vocals), Ben Eldridge (banjo and scat singing), Lou Reid (mandolin/lead and tenor vocals), Fred Travers (dobro/lead and tenor vocals), and Ronnie Simpkins (bass/baritone vocals).

One of the founding members, banjo player Ben Eldridge has been with The Seldom Scene since its inception, and he still performs with the same fire and enthusiasm that characterized the band's early days as a progressive group that took Bluegrass music to new heights. Ben is also well-loved for his scat singing on fan favorite, "Lay Down Sally."

Dudley Connell plays a masterful guitar and provides powerful lead vocals for The Scene, which has a reputation for challenging the bounds of Bluegrass; and Connell's musical virtuosity has pushed the group beyond these bounds. Audiences delight in Connell's renditions of traditional songs like "Old Train," folk ballads such as "Blue Diamond Mine," and blues songs like "Rollin' and Tumblin'." Connell is a former member of The Johnson Mountain Boys.

Playing dobro for The Scene is Fred Travers, one of the most respected dobro players on the bluegrass circuit today. He is also an accomplished vocalist who brings solid lead and harmony to The Scene. Travers is a former member of the Gary Ferguson Band and the Paul Adkins Band.

Ronnie Simpkins plays rock-steady bass for the group and provides the bass vocals in The Scene's quartets as well. Simpkins has been performing Bluegrass music since childhood and is a former member of The Tony Rice Unit. Lou Reid, who plays mandolin for The Scene and provides the tenor vocals, is also a former member of Ricky Skaggs Band, Quicksilver, and he currently fronts his own group Carolina. Reid's vocals are the epitome of the powerful, "high, lonesome" tenor that is the signature of Bluegrass music.

Tickets for The Seldom Scene concert are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, and $10 for students if purchased in advance and $23 for adults, $21 for seniors, and $13 for students if purchased on the day of the show or at the door. Discounted season tickets are available for the full 2012-13 season and provide a substantial savings to subscribers. Tickets can be purchased at the RCCAC office by phone at (304) 637-2355, with credit or debit card, or at the door while they last. Doors will open thirty minutes before show-time.



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