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50 years of bluegrass to join Symphony of the Mountains this weekend

Contributed • Nov 15, 2018 at 7:00 AM

Straight from the blue hills of ol’ Kentucky, The McLain Family Band will join Symphony of the Mountains to celebrate their 50th year of creating toes tapping, hand clapping bluegrass.

In that time, the McLains have played in all 50 states, 62 countries, and served as musical ambassadors for the U.S. Department of State. They have carried the stories of our region on the winds of the mountains far and wide. Playing in venues that might be expected from a first-rate bluegrass group, like the Carter Fold and the Grand Ole Opry, they have also thrilled audiences at the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall along with appearances at thousands of festivals and concerts.

Friday through Sunday is your chance to hear The McLain Family Band and Symphony of the Mountains share the musical storytelling for which our mountains are known. 

Where you can catch the show: 

• Friday, 7:30, J.W. Adams Combined School, Pound, Virginia

• Saturday, 10 a.m., master class at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum, Bristol Virginia; 7:30 p.m., concert, McGlothlin Center for the Arts, Emory, Virginia

• Sunday, 3 p.m., Toy F. Reid Eastman Employee Center, Kingsport

Those attending Saturday's master class will have the opportunity to meet The McLain Family Band and see how the magic works behind the scenes at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol. The McLain Family will work with local bluegrass and mountain music students as they help them hone their craft. There is no charge to attend the class.

Adult tickets for the concerts are $25 and, as with all Symphony of the Mountains concerts, students and children admitted free in select sections.

Call 392-8423 or visit SymphonyoftheMountains.org to purchase tickets.

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