Truegrass Bluegrass fest a first for downtown Aiken

Local bluegrass music fans have something new to hear and see with the Aiken Truegrass Bluegrass Festival set for Saturday, April 28.

It will start at noon on Newberry Street (between Park and Richland avenues) in downtown Aiken. Admission is $10 for adults and free for ages 4 years old and younger with a paying adult.

The eight bands scheduled to perform are from across South Carolina: Savannah River Bluegrass and the Palmetto Pickers from Aiken; Red, White and Bluegrass from Conway; Split Rail Bluegrass from upper state South Carolina; Flatland Express from Orangeburg; Oliver West and 39 Express from Leesville; New Dixie Storm from Pickens and the Carolina Rebels from Columbia.

This is a family-friendly event with food and other vendors. It is being organized by Abernathy’s Music School, 320 Park Ave., in Aiken. For more information, contact Roger Abernathy at (803) 645-4779.

Abernathy’s Music also hosts a jam session on the first Saturday of every month from roughly 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parkway in front of its building, weather permitting.