GreenboGrass, the sixth annual free bluegrass fest set for 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8

September 8, 2018
Internationally touring bluegrass act Don Rigsby will be a featured performer Saturday, Sept. 8 at GreenboGrass.

GREENUP, Ky. — GreenboGrass — the sixth annual Greenup County Bluegrass Festival will take place on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Greenbo Lake State Park Amphitheater from 5 to 10 p.m.

Admission is free. This event is part of the Second Saturday Summer Music Series at Greenbo which is organized by the Greenup Extension Arts Council, a program at the Greenup County Cooperative Extension Service. I am very proud of this council and the outstanding group of volunteers who work to support arts in Greenup County.

Don Rambo, Greenup Extension Arts Council Past President, is the event chair for GreenboGrass.

Don is a long-time bluegrass musician who has traveled and performed all over the country. His band, Bottomline, featuring Ned Crisp, is the “homecoming” group for the bluegrass festival which gives their family and friends a chance to hear them play. Many traveling bands don’t get the opportunity to play for their hometown crowd very often, so we like to feature Bottomline at GreenboGrass.

The lineup for this year’s event is: The Willis Twins, Toby Morrison and Friends, Diamond Ridge, and Bottomline.

Here’s a closer look at the bands:

Jordan & Kelsie Willis are the 10 year old daughters of Jacob & Kristy Willis of Greenup. The girls are in 5th grade and are honor roll students, they also received the Superintendents award in May 2018. Jordan & Kelsie are Alumni of Arts International Showcase 2017. They have been playing bluegrass music for 3 yrs.

Toby Morrison is a 14 year old mandolin and guitar player from Worthington, Ky. Eli Patrick is a 14 year old guitar, banjo, and mandolin player from Salt Lick, Ky. These boys will be playing with their friends and special guests from both Diamond Ridge and Bottomline. In keeping with the tradition of passing this heritage music down by ear from generation to generation, the older will play with the younger and our GreenboGrass audience will get the benefit from watching and hearing them share their love of bluegrass music.

Diamond Ridge is a 3rd season band from Wayne West Virginia and Eastern Kentucky that thrives on the drive of banjo music. There is traditional bluegrass, country, and rockabilly music instilled in each member. The combined musical experience of these five players totals 150 years of Appalachian Mountain Music. From the hills of eastern Kentucky, Ned Crisp & Bottomline carry on the tradition of bluegrass music and pay homage to its birthplace. This high-energy group offers both contemporary and traditional sounds of bluegrass and other genres of music. Their style is uniquely fresh and features tight harmonies that complement their lightning fast instrumentation. Members: Ned Crisp, Don Rambo, Jerod Doss, Zack Rambo, Rodney Vance, and special guest, internationally-touring bluegrass artist, Don Rigsby. If you are interested in being a volunteer for Greenup Arts, contact Anne Stephens, Extension Agent for Fine Arts in Greenup County at 606-836-0201 or anne.stephens@uky.edu.

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