Bluegrass at Crute Stage: Main Street Music Series

The July installment of the Main women dating older men Street Music Series promises to be a toe-tapping, knee-slapping night of Bluegrass with two of southside Virginia’s favorites.  Allen’s Mill Bluegrass Band Stony Ridge to close the night. The concert is set for 6 – 9 pm at Crute Stage in Farmville Downtown on Thursday, July 17th.

IMG_0491To open the evening, Allen’s Mill Band will strap up their guitars and banjos to rev up Downtown for a banjo pickin’ night that can’t help but turn the grass blue in front of Crute Stage. They’ll kick off the night with familiar faces and good tunes. Then Stony Ridge Bluegrass Band will close out the evening with heartwarming renditions of classics, old and new. Their silky harmonies and welcome twang rekindle memories of a simpler, happier time. Hailing from Nathalie, the group brings four decades of tradition to the 2014 season of Main Street Music. It’s bound to be one evening that the heart of Virginia won’t forget.

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The Allen’s Mill Band is known around the Southside area. A staple on Bluegrass Night at The Fishin’ Pig on Farmville Road, the group is bringing their Bluegrass “family” to Farmville Downtown’s Crute Stage outdoor performance venue for Main Street Music on Thursday, July 17th.

The group got together in August, 2002. “We were just some guys who got together and played, everyone who has been apart of Allen’s Mill has worked for the good of the music.”

Original member Roger Allen credits the band’s long-time success to the philosophy that the group’s chemistry is important. “A group’s chemistry is a crucial element for producing a full sound,” he says.

In addition to bassist Allen, the group includes Everett Owen (banjo),original member Ricky Slaughter (composer/mandolin), and their newest member, guitarist Clyde Bayley. The group produces a rich, full sound from cover classics to their own compositions. Their April, 2013 album is a compilation of nine original songs. According to Allen, bringing in original music contributes to the mixture of old and new sounds.

Bluegrass resonates a theme of harmony, from the sound to its fans. The two bands Farmville Downtown Partnership is bringing to Crute Stagefor this month’s Main Street Music are no exception.

Grab a blanket and bring your friends and family to Crute Stage this Thursday night. The Café at Poplar Hall will be on site with classic Southern cuisine prepared fresh. Plan to make a night of it with supper and Bluegrass.

Main Street Music is a summer production of Farmville Downtown Partnership. The 2014 series is presented by WFLO Radio AM & FM; Real Living Cornerstone; Fourth Street Motors; Virginia Credit Union; Terri Atkins Wilson, Attorney & Counselor-at-Law; and Mainly Clay. Concerts are held from 6 – 9 pm the third Thursday of each month May through September at Crute Stage on the corner of N. Main and Fourth Streets in Farmville Downtown.

For more information on the programs, services, events, and volunteer opportunities with Farmville Downtown Partnership, please contact Executive Director Helen Person at 434-392-3060 or director@downtownfarmville.com.