“Bluegrass is music that matters.”
That’s how one of the genre’s founding fathers Bill Monroe characterized the old-school mountain music that he helped popularize in 1930s and 40s. And though Monroe has passed on, the legacy he created through bluegrass lives on for millions of fans worldwide.
41st annual S.C. State Bluegrass Festival
- When | Thursday through Saturday
- Where | Myrtle Beach Convention Center, 2101 North Oak St., Myrtle Beach
- How Much | $35 per day, $85 for 3-day pass; children 6 and under free; parking $3
- More info | www.aandabluegrass.com or 706-864-7203
Beginning Thursday, the state’s annual homage to this down home sound will commence as the S.C. State Bluegrass Festival takes over the Myrtle Beach Convention center for three days of fun, fellowship and a whole lot of music that matters.
Now in its 41st year, the festival has created a name for itself carving out a niche as one of the few gatherings of its type to be held this time of year and at an indoor venue.
“We’ve been coming there awhile to the convention center,” said Adams. “We’re probably one of the first to do it like this.”
In addition to the timing of the event, what draws fans from all over the U.S. and Canada to the beach is the quality of acts Adams and his partner Tony Anderson are able to book.
“Bluegrass music is the best music in the whole world,” said Norman Adams, one of the show’s owners and its chief promoter. “And we’ve got some of the best there is.”
On this year’s slate of performers is a whos-who of the genre, including headliners such as Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Dailey & Vincent.
“It’s like coming home to a whole bunch of family down there,” says Jamie Dailey, one of the namesakes of bluegrass supergroup Dailey & Vincent. “It’s a top-notch show and a clean run organization. It’s one of those festivals where you can bring your kids, your grandma or whoever and that’s the way we like it.”
Here’s a look at the scheduled performers for the 41st annual S.C. State Bluegrass Festival (times subject to change):
- The Easter Brothers - 12:00 noon and 3:45 p.m.
- The Crowe Brothers - 12:45 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- David Peterson & 1946 - 1:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
- Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press - 2:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
- Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers - 3:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
- Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys - 8:30 p.m. (90-minute show)
- Rye Holler Boys - 11:00 a.m . and 3:15 p.m.
- Phillip Steinmetz & His Sunny Tennesseans - 11:30 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.
- Goldwing Express - 12:10 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.
- Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out - 1:00 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
- Jesse McReynolds & The VA Boys - 1:45 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
- The Grascals - 2:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
- Dailey & Vincent - 8:30 p.m. (90-minute show)
- Appalachian Express - 11:00 a.m. and 5:45 p.m.
- Big Country Bluegrass - 11:40 a..m. and 6:25 p.m.
- The Bluegrass Brothers - 12:20 p.m. and 7:05 p.m.
- The Little Roy & Lizzy Show - 1:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m.
- J.D. Crowe & The New South - 1:40 p.m.and 9:15 p.m.
- Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver - 2:25 p.m. and 8:25 p.m.
- Dailey & Vincent - 3:15 p.m. (90-minute show)