Vergennes Opera House to Present Bluegrass Gospel Project

VERGENNES - On Dec. 18 the Bluegrass Gospel Project will return to their self-described "home away from home" to perform a concert of their unique, uplifting and inspiring blend of bluegrass music. The Vergennes Opera House will present this back porch super-group made up of six of the Northeast's finest bluegrass, country and folk musicians, whose music is solidly based in the American bluegrass tradition while paying homage to the beautiful and inspirational message of gospel lyrics. Their concerts include classic and original tunes carefully selected to showcase the band's textured vocal harmonies and instrumental virtuosity. Show starts at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $15 adults, $13 senior/student, & kids under 9 are free.

Fiddle player Gene White Jr. assembled the group in 2001 for what was intended to be a one-time event at the First Night celebration in Burlington, Vermont. The promoter asked him to bring together a group of musicians to offer a performance centered on a theme of his choice. White chose bluegrass gospel because of its haunting beauty and the uplifting message of its lyrics. Seven years and five CDs later the Bluegrass Gospel Project is still performing concerts across New England and New York. During this time the band has raised tens of thousands of dollars for many charitable causes and organizations.

Concert organizers are expecting the 7:30p.m. performance to sell-out and are encouraging people to buy tickets early. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, children under 9 are free. They can be purchased at the Vergennes Opera House and Classic Stitching, on Main Street in Vergennes, as well as online at www.brownpapertickets.com. For more information contact the Vergennes Opera House at (802) 877-6737; info@vergennesoperahouse.org or visit www.vergennesoperahouse.org.

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