Purchase Tickets OnlineThe 11th Annual Bluegrass in The Pavilion concert continues to bring the best Bluegrass musicians to South Florida. Artists for the 2015 performance are Balsam Range and The Grascals.
Balsam Range is a group of five outstanding acoustic musicians and singers from Haywood County, North Carolina. For their band name, they thoughtfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surround part of their home county... where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge... the Balsam Range. With five IBMA Awards and nominations, including 2013 IBMA Album of the Year winner for "Papertown", 2011 IBMA Song of the Year for "Trains I Missed", 2011 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nominee, 2011 IBMA Album of the Year nominee for "Trains I Missed", and 2010 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nominee, Balsam Range are sure to entertain.The Members of Balsam Range are Tim Surrett, Buddy Melton, Caleb Smith, Darren Nicholson, and Marc Pruett. Tim Surrett serves as the bands spokesman and his performances on the bass and resonator guitar have been described as spontaneous, polished and professional. Buddy Melton is one of the most gifted tenor voices in bluegrass and Americana today. His range and tones largely give Balsam Range its identifying sound, and his stellar fiddle playing supports the band's programs equally. Caleb Smith has been called "one of the top young guns of guitar." His envied unique guitar style pairs perfectly with his energetic power singing. Caleb also delivers ballads with a perfectly toned, believable tenderness. Darren Nicholson is one of the most gifted mandolins players and harmony singers ever to come from the Southern Mountains. Darren's studied, energetic performances rival those of the classic old guard performers, and his enthusiasm for American heritage music styles has no bounds. Marc Pruett plays traditional three finger banjo in intuitive and powerful ways that blend and compliment the influences in the band of jazz and bluegrass...country and gospel...and swing and old-time. Marc adds a credible entertainment experience of over 40 years to this fresh, unique Southern band.
Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond – one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than forty years.
Their cutting-edge modern bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music's founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It's a unique sound that has earned three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude acts entrenched in niche genres. Such appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS' The Talk. All the while, stages that represent the strongest bastions of tradition continually welcome them, as evidenced by the over 150 performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Honors also include performing twice for President George W. Bush and at President Barack Obama's inaugural ball at the Smithsonian.
As their records prove, The Grascals' rare musical empathy gives them an unerring ear for just the right touch to illuminate each offering's deepest spirit - whether they're digging into one of their original songs or reworking a bluegrass classic or a pop standard. Take for instance, fan favorite, "Last Train to Clarksville." Non-bluegrass listeners enjoy a new take on a familiar song, while diehard bluegrass audiences who may have never heard the Monkees classic, respond in-kind, not even realizing that the song has been Grascalized.
The Flagler Museum Bluegrass in the Pavilion concert is part of the Palm Beach Bluegrass Weekend. To view details abouth the Society of the Four Arts Bluegrass Concert click here.
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