Grascals will bring a little bit of Mayberry to Aiken

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The Grascals, an award-winning bluegrass band, will be in Aiken for two concerts April 26 and 27.

The Grascals will have two performances in Aiken at 8 p.m. April 26 and 27.  SPECIAL
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The Grascals will have two performances in Aiken at 8 p.m. April 26 and 27.

“This group is so good. When we saw they were available, we jumped at the chance to get them,” said Cathy Traver, arts administrator for the Aiken Performing Arts Group, which is bringing the band to Aiken.

Named the bluegrass band of the year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America in February, The Grascals have a special show planned.

“The 50th anniversary of The Andy Griffith Show was last year,” said Traver. “They have a tribute to Andy Griffith and their own music in the show.”

The six-member group has received multiple SPBGMA and International Bluegrass Music Association awards and several Grammy nominations. Banjo player Kristin Scott Benson was named the IBMA banjo player of the year three consecutive years, 2008, 2009 and 2010. A native of Union, S.C., Benson is the newest member of the group. Before The Grascals, she performed with other artists including Josh Williams and Rhonda Vincent.

In January, The Grascals signed with a new record label, Mountain Home Music. In March, Life Finds A Way, The Grascals’ newest CD, was released, and the band marked its 115th appearance on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.

For the liner notes of the new CD, country music legend Tom T. Hall wrote “Mere words can’t do this first project for Mountain Home Records justice. You have to play it and FEEL!!” according to The Grascals’ Web site, www.grascals.com.

The concerts, which mark the end of the APAG season, begin at 8 p.m. at the URS Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students from (803) 648-1438 or www.apag
online.org.

LIVE MUSIC
WHO:
The Grascals
WHEN:
8 p.m. April 26-27
WHERE:
URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. SW, Aiken
TICKETS:
$30 adults, $15 students; (803) 648-1438, www.apagonline.org

MEET THE GRASCALS
The Grascals will be at the Aiken Cracker Barrel on Whiskey Road at noon April 27. Fans can purchase a special edition Cracker Barrel CD, The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin, and have it autographed.

MORE BLUEGRASS AHEAD

BENDERDINKER PADDLING & PICKIN’: April 28, check in 8:30 a.m., water events 10 a.m., Riverside Park, Hardy McManus Road, Evans; bluegrass bands, kayak/canoe events, more; $25 per kayak, free festival entry; benefits local nonprofits; benderdinker.com

AIKEN TRUEGRASS BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: April 28, noon, Newberry Street; eight bands, vendors, family-friendly event; $10 adults, free ages 4 and younger; (803) 645-4779

THIRD ANNUAL PAPA JOE’S BANJO-B-QUE: May 25, 26, Evans Towne Center Park; bluegrass festival and barbecue cookoff; Drive By Truckers; (706) 855-8555, www.banjobque.com


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