The 68th annual Sandy Ridge Bluegrass Show will feature Alan Bibey and Grasstowne this year with an opening performance by Rich in Tradition.
The show will kick off at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 19 at the Sandy Ridge Elementary School
Organizer Jay Adams said Bibey is a Stokes County native, who now lives in Myrtle Beach, who is a Grammy nominated artist.
“Alan grew up in Walnut Cove” he said.”Alan has achieved national recognition as one of the most influential mandolinists to play the instrument. He even has a signature line of mandolins produced by Gibson Guitar Co.”
Adam’s own Rich in Tradition, who were named the 2013 Appalachian Cultural Music Association Instrumental Group of the Year, will again fill out the ticket.
“We are well known in the area,” said Adams. “We have been going since 2006 and we have enjoyed it and had a pretty good run at it. People seem to enjoy what we do.”
The annual show, which has gained national attention featuring Grand Ole Opry stars in previous years, started in 1948 with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs headlining the event.
“They played every year from 1948 until 1968 and sometimes twice a year,” said Adams, adding that it was possible that Sandy Ridge was the venue most played by the group. “After Flatt and Scruggs disbanded in 1969 The Osborne Brothers did it, then Lester Flatt came back for nine additional years with his new band called the Nashville Grass.”
Tickets for the show are $15 with children under six being admitted for free.
Adams said the show is very family friendly with a variety of great food, provided by Northeast Stokes Fire and Rescue, available throughout the show.
All proceeds from the event will go to benefit Sandy Ridge Elementary School.
“We have been able to donate about $2,000 each year,” Adams said.
For more information or to reserve tickets please call 336-932-5664.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.