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Bluegrass Spartanburg kicks off 2018-2019 season with Grammy Nominated band, The Grascals

October 02, 2018 | Press Releases

SPARTANBURG, SC (October 2, 2018) – Local and Grammy nominated, The Grascals, will open Bluegrass Spartanburg’s third season on Saturday, October 13th. The concert will be at the Chapman Cultural Center starting at 8pm. Tickets are $30 each and can be purchased by phone (864 542-2787), in person at the Chapman box office Monday- Friday or online at Doors open at 6:45pm.

New Chair of the Bluegrass Spartanburg Committee, board member of the Spartanburg Philharmonic and bluegrass enthusiast, Peter Grzan is excited about the new season. “I feel honored to have been chosen to be a part of this great initiative as a committee member and now as chair. My primary focus as the chairman will be to continue to bring the absolute best musicians and groups for our music loving citizens to enjoy. It is also critical for us to provide such genuine hospitality to the musicians that our series becomes renowned throughout the bluegrass community as a “must play there” experience.”

Executive Director of the Spartanburg Philharmonic, Kathryn Boucher is excited about Grzan’s new appointment. “Peter Grzan’s enthusiasm and passion for bluegrass music will lead the committee to exploring and expanding the season for Bluegrass Spartanburg. We are thrilled to have his leadership and knowledge to guide us.”

Grzan also serves as the General Manager of the Piedmont Club where hospitality is his forte. Darren Nicholson from Balsam Range who closed out the 2017-2018 season praised Bluegrass Spartanburg’s hospitality team saying, “We could not have been treated any nicer…the hospitality, the crew, the crowd, and the warm energy made a memorable night for sure.”

Kristin Scott Benson, a native South Carolinian, board member of the Bluegrass Spartanburg committee and four-time IBMA award winning “Banjo Player of the Year” says, “One thing I admired about this band, before I joined in 2008, was how they seemed to be having so much fun. Now that I’m in the group, I realize that it isn’t fake. We genuinely have fun on stage and that’s infectious and hopefully spills over into the audience.” Benson recently won the 2018 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Created to bring recognition to an individual or group for outstanding accomplishment in the field of five-string banjo or bluegrass music, the prize highlights the extraordinary musicianship of these artists and bluegrass music worldwide. The winner is determined by a board consisting of J.D Crowe, Pete Wernick, Tony Trischka, Anne Stringfield, Noam Pikelny, Alison Brown, Neil V. Rosenberg, Béla Fleck and Steve Martin.

Their cutting-edge modern bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude acts entrenched in niche genres. Such appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk. All the while, stages that represent the strongest bastions of tradition continually welcome them, as evidenced by the over 150 performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Honors also include performing twice for President George W. Bush and at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball at the Smithsonian. The Grascals include original songs drawn from traditional bluegrass repertoire, and non-originals from all different genres such as the Monkees’s “Last Train to Clarksville.”

Their latest album, “Before Breakfast,” will be available for purchase at the concert along with past albums. “The band is top notch, the venue acoustically perfect and the audience is enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Guaranteed fun!” says Grzan. Boucher adds, “The Grascals will bring a powerful concert on the 13th and we are ecstatic to have them open the Bluegrass Spartanburg 2018-2019 season.”

Grzan adds, “For so many in Sparkle City, music of all types is an important, no, necessary part of daily life. Our rich musical heritage goes back many decades. Bluegrass is an art form that has evolved dramatically over the last thirty years yet maintains a great sense of tradition. We honor that tradition in this series and yet cheer on the special creativity and musicianship that is on display with the groups who have graced our series since it began two plus years ago. We have consistently sold out the venue which adds life, energy and recognition to our downtown. We will endeavor to keep it going and growing with the help of the Spartanburg Philharmonic. We hope to have some extra special events through the coming years. Stay tuned.”

This concert is sponsored by WNCW 99.7, Budweiser, The City of Spartanburg, the Chapman Cultural Center.

About Spartanburg Philharmonic and Bluegrass Spartanburg
The Spartanburg Philharmonic’s mission is to enrich, inspire and educate the Spartanburg community through live performances of high-quality music. In the Fall of 2017, in partnership with the Spartanburg Philharmonic, Bluegrass Spartanburg relaunched as a series under the Spartanburg Philharmonic and has four concerts a season.

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