Bluegrass Bonanza at Jones House Friday
Three of the region’s bluegrass bands take the Jones House on
Friday, continuing the town of Boone’s Summer Concerts at the Jones House series and beginning at 5
“We have had lots of great music this summer, including evenings of jazz, songwriters, funk, soul, rock and even cowboy poetry,” concerts organizer Mark Freed said. “But it is always suiting to return to the roots and put on an evening of some of our region’s finest bluegrass music.”
The Bluegrass Bonanza will start with the Sigmon Stringers, based in Newton. This three-generation family band began in the 1970s with patriarch Clinton Sigmon, his sons, Randy and Mark, and longtime friend Ray Barger. The next generation has now joined the band, including Randy’s daughter, Anna, on banjo, and Mark’s children, Beau, Mollie and Maggie, who play guitar, mandolin and fiddle, respectively. The band performed at MerleFest this spring and has performed at the Jones House in past summers.
“This group is always a lot of fun, and the third generation has come a long way,” Freed said. “You can open your eyes and think, ‘Wow, those kids can play,’ or close them and think, ‘Now, that is just some talented bluegrass playing for any age.’”
The Sigmon Stringers will take to the Jones House porch at 5 p.m.
Creekside Grass will follow the Sigmon Stringers, beginning around 5:45 p.m. Creekside Grass features Charlie Taylor on guitar, B.J. Taylor on mandolin, Dan Isaacs on fiddle and harmonica, Larry Miller on banjo and Jonathan Triplett on bass.
The band formed in 2003 and has been a regular in the High Country, frequenting the Red, White and Bluegrass jam sessions, Tweetsie Railroad, Young’s Mountain Music, Orchard at Altapass and as part of the Doc Watson statue dedication celebration at the Jones House two years ago.
“We are happy to have Creekside Grass back to the Jones House to help us revel in an evening of bluegrass,” Freed said.
The bluegrass celebration will conclude with Carolina Crossing, featuring bandleader Gary Trivette on bass, Curtis Main on banjo, Dennis Isaacs on guitar, Tyler Thompson on guitar and Robby Norris on mandolin and fiddle.
The band formed in 2010, but the members have all been on the bluegrass scene in the High Country for many years. In fact, Isaacs was a founding member of longtime High Country bluegrass gospel band, Southern Accent, which also included Trivette and Norris in the lineup.
“These guys are just really good bluegrass musicians,” Freed said. “They are one of the hottest bluegrass bands in the High Country, and I know people are going to have a good time with Carolina Crossing on Friday.”
The Concerts at the Jones House series is produced by the town of Boone and sponsored by the Downtown Boone Development Association, Mast General Store, Footsloggers, MPrints, Stick Boy Bread Company, Melanie’s and Farmer’s Rentals. Friday’s concert is also sponsored by the Appalachian Music Shoppe.
The free concerts take place every Friday, starting at 5 p.m., rain or shine. People are encouraged to bring their own chair or blanket. The Jones House is located at 604 W. King St. in downtown Boone. For more information, including a complete schedule, visit http://www.joneshousecommunitycenter.org or call (828) 262-4576.