Music from the Sassafras Bluegrass Band will be featured at the New River Community College Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club Jamboree on Saturday, February 12. The music will start at 6 p.m. at 117 Edwards Hall at the NRCC in Dublin. The NRCC requires all individuals to wear masks indoors and social distancing protocols will be adhered to.
The Sassafras Bluegrass Band is based in the foothills of North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. The band pays homage to Bill Monroe and the Flatt & Scruggs era, but also likes to push the boundaries of progressive Newgrass music. Their repertoire includes a range of musical styles, including old, country, folk, western swing and originals.
The group includes West Tuttle on mandolin, fiddle and vocals; Billy Gee on bass and vocals; Chris Bryant on banjo and vocals; and Randy Gambill on guitar and vocals. Members of the Sassafras Bluegrass Band have performed at a long list of festivals and venues, including Merlefest in Wilkesboro, North Carolina; the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival; Pickin’ on the plains in Colby, Kansas, and more. Together they have shared the stage or studio with Doc Watson, John Cowan, Alison Krauss and many more.
Corporate sponsors of the jamborees include Anderson Audiology, Dublin; August Jewelers & Boutique Inc., Radford; Castle Rock Insurance Agency, Pearisburg; Estes Auto & Truck Parts Inc., driver; First Community Bank, Pulaski; Food City; Gregory Seeding and Landscaping Company, Pulaski; Martin Pharmacy, Pulaski; Pepsi Cola Bottling Co., Dublin; Pulaski Patriot, Pulaski; SERVPRO, Montgomery and Pulaski counties; and Southern Furniture Warehouse, Radford.
Doors open at 5 p.m. for the show. Free entry; however, donations will be accepted to help offset musicians’ travel expenses. Jamborees are usually held on the second Saturday of each month until April. NRCC is a Crooked Road affiliate site.
For more information about the NRCC Fiddle, Banjo and Dance Club, please contact Tim Jones at 674-3625 or visit www.nr.edu/fiddle.
– Submitted by Kelly Kaiser
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