Tickets are now on sale for the Spring 2014 Roots Music Series concert featuring Rhonda Vincent & The Rage. The concert will be held on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Vincent, known as the Queen of Bluegrass,' sold out her 2012 Roots Music Series appearance weeks before the concert was held in Frostburg's Palace Theatre, resulting in this year's concert being moved to the larger Allegany High School auditorium. Jimmy Gaudreau & Moondi Klein will open the concert.
The concert begins at 8PM with doors opening at 7:30PM. Tickets will be available from the Allegany Arts Council and the Book Center in Cumberland and from Main Street Books in Frostburg as well as through PayPal on the Allegany Arts Council's website. All tickets will be general admission, including a limited number of premium tickets for front and center seating.
Having won over seventy awards, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage is one of the most respected and popular bands in Bluegrass today. Rhonda has won the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) "Female Vocalist of the Year" award seven times in a row during 2000-2006. She was also awarded "Entertainer of the Year" five times from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBMA). In 2001, Vincent signed a sponsorship with Martha White baking company, which had previously sponsored Bluegrass legends Flatt & Scruggs.
Vincent began her career as a child in her family's band, the Sally Mountain Show. She began playing mandolin on stage at eight years old and quickly learned fiddle and guitar. Also in the family band was younger brother Darrin Vincent, who is now part of the popular Bluegrass band Dailey & Vincent. Rhonda released her first solo album in 1986 and followed with a string of well-received albums for the famous Rebel Records label. Following a short stint in Country music, Rhonda returned to Bluegrass in 1999 and signed with Rounder Records. Her career has taken off since then resulting in the Wall Street Journal crowning her "the new Queen of Bluegrass." In 2010, she formed her own label and management company, Upper Management, with her husband Herb Sandker. Her new two-disc set called "Only Me" is scheduled for release on January 18 and will feature both Bluegrass and Country songs. Vincent's band, the Rage features Josh Williams on guitar, Hunter Berry on fiddle, Mickey Harris on bass, Aaron McDaris on banjo and dobro-player Brent Burke.
Opening act Jimmy Gaudreau and Moondi Klein are respected veteran musicians themselves having played in bands like the Country Gentlemen, Seldom Scene, Tony Rice Unit and Chesapeake. Together, their duets offer a modern version of the classic country duets of the 30's and 40's and deliver a wide variety of exquisitely-performed acoustic tunes. They have released two albums on Rebel Records, "2:10 Train" in 2008 and "Home From The Mills" in 2012.
The Roots Music Series is a partnership of the Allegany Arts Council, WFWM Public Radio and Dr. Ken Roberts. Intended to encourage and sustain "traditional" music in our community, the Roots Music Series showcases a variety of musical traditions (such as bluegrass, folk, country, blues, gospel, etc.) to entertain local audiences, and increase awareness and interest in these important art forms.
The Roots Music Series is sponsored in part by Dr. Ken Roberts, Susquehanna Bank, Potomac Highlands Pathology Associates, the Western Maryland Health System Laboratory, and Peak Performance Orthopedics. For questions about the Roots Music Series, please call the Allegany Arts Council at 301-777-ARTS (2787).