On Aug. 25, NAMM’s Museum of Making Music (MoMM) will welcome the inspired sounds of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its musically-rich heritage to San Diego for the MoMM’s Bluegrass Benefit Concert. The event, to be held at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, will feature the award-winning sounds of The Grascals and Flatt Lonesome and will provide an evening of exceptional musicianship and lively performances. All proceeds will support the MoMM and its mission of creating music-making opportunities that impact thousands of seniors, adults and children from a variety of backgrounds in the San Diego community.
“Like bluegrass, the mission of the Museum is rooted in community, and honoring the tradition of music and music making,” said Carolyn Grant, executive director of MoMM.“Keeping access to music programs alive and accessible is why we’re asking members of our community to join us for this exceptional evening event.”
Guests of the evening will enjoy the harmonious, traditional yet modern compositions of The Grascals, featuring Terry Eldredge (guitar/vocals), John Bryan (guitar/vocals), Danny Roberts (mandolin), Terry Smith (bass/vocals), Kristin Scott Benson (banjo), and Adam Haynes (fiddle), all musicians known for their personal and musical bonds. Their innovative mingling of traditional and modern bluegrass sounds easily floats between the classics and newer pop standards that has made the group a hallmark of the Nashville scene for many years. The three-time Grammy-nominated group also counts two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) among their accolades and has received national media attention with appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk, among others.
Alongside The Grascals will be the six-person band, Flatt Lonesome. Featuring Kelsi Robertson Harrigill (mandolin/vocals), Buddy Robertson (guitar/vocals), Charli Robertson (fiddle/vocals), Paul Harrigill (banjo), Dominic Illingworth (acoustic bass), and Michael Stockton (resophonic guitar), Flatt Lonesome has earned multiple awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, several Dove nominations and awards and three 2016 IBMA honors for Vocal Group, Song, and Album of the Year, as well as Vocal Group the following year. The group’s hit songs, Billboard-charting albums, countless media appearances (including coveted bookings on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage), and a demanding tour schedule, all speak to the power of their music and the group’s enduring success.