Bluegrass returns to PAC at 8:00 P.M. Saturday, September 27, with the legendary group The Seldom Scene.
What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun. On April 22, the longtime pillars of the bluegrass world returned with the aptly titled “Long Time…Seldom Scene. The newly recorded collection features fresh interpretations of 16 oft-requested tunes and is the band’s first studio album since the Grammy-nominated album “Scenechronized” in 2007. The new album features founding members Tom Gray and John Starling and guests Chris Eldridge, Emmylou Harris, and Rickie Simpkins. It’s been over 40 years since they began playing together at weekly jam sessions. The Seldom Scene have become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to the genre, including bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classical pop. The band’s popularity soon forced them to play more than once a week — but they continued to maintain their image as being seldom seen, and on several of their early album covers were photographed with the stage lights on only their feet, or with their backs to the camera.
On Saturday, October 4, it’s “Broadway and More” with Broadway veteran Liz Callaway. Liz Callaway is a Tony-nominee and Emmy Award-winning actress, singer and recording artist. She made her Broadway debut in Stephen Sondheim’s “Merrily We Roll Along,” received a Tony Award nomination for her performance in “Baby,” and for five years, won acclaim as Grizabella in “Cats.” She has also starred in the original casts of “Miss Saigon,” “The Three Musketeers,” and “The Look of Love.”
Tickets are available online at highlandspac.org or by calling (828) 526-9047. Highlands PAC is located at 507 Chestnut Street in Highlands.
Contributed by Mary Adair Leslie