DC Music Salon: DC Bluegrass

Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library

DC Music Salon: DC Bluegrass

Image of banjo courtesy of Wikimedia commonsD.C. is known as the heart of harDCore and GoGo, but bluegrass?

Most folks don't realize that since the '50s, D.C. has been the urban center for bluegrass. First were the Stoneman Family and related groups like the Bluegrass Champs. During the '60s and '70s, the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene brought a new brand of forward-looking, innovative bluegrass not only to audiences around Washington, D.C., but around the entire country.

Musicians such as mandolinist John Duffey and dobro wizard Mike Auldridge caught the attention of bluegrass fans both through their appearances at festivals as well on numerous records. Ethnomusiolcogist and GWU faculty member Kip Lornell is working on a book, Capital Bluegrass, for Oxford University Press and he, along with several local bluegrass musicians, will talk about the history and depth of the local bluegrass scene, spin a few tunes and show footage of local bands. We will also be speaking with Tom Gray, one of bluegrass's best bassists, member of the The Country Gentlemen, The Seldom Scene and International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor inductee; and Tom Mindte, owner of Patuxent Records, a musician, bandleader and studio engineer. And, we may have a surprise guest in store, too.

Spread the word, and come on out for this event April 11.

DC Music Salon is a free film and book series about music, featuring discussions with expert guests. We show films and speak with musicians, filmmakers, authors and other fellow music lovers. These aren’t lectures, and all are welcome to attend and join the conversation. Most meetings start with a quick introduction of a guest or topic, then show appropriate footage; we may discuss a relevant book and likely ask questions of our experts.

Upcoming Salon: June 4 -- Sonny Stitt, from 7-9 p.m. at the beautiful Watha T. Daniel Library in Shaw, 1630 7th St. N.W.

Washington, D.C., has a musical heritage second to none and our salon celebrates it. Spread the word and see you there!