Skipper’s Concert Calendar
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CANCELLED – Travelin’ McCourys w/ Dre and The Collective – $15/20
January 21 @ 5:00 pm$15 – $20
The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music. No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating. They recently played with the Allman Brothers at Wanee Fest and then brought the house down at Warren Haynes’ Annual Christmas Jam, an invitation only Southern Rock homecoming. Their jam with the Lee Boys was hailed by many as the highlight of the evening, and once word of the live video hit the streets, sent new fans online to watch a supercharged combination of sacred steel, R&B, and bluegrass. They’ve also performed with Warren Haynes, Phish, and have a tour scheduled with the aforementioned Lee Boys. Ronnie McCoury described it as “peanut butter and jelly.” It was just right. They can push forward so far because their roots are so deep. The band has a confidence that only comes with having paid their dues with twenty years on the bluegrass road. Other groups and new fans hear this immediately—the tight rhythm, the soulful material, and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters. Ronnie says, “We like to go in and play traditional bluegrass music the way we do it with Dad, but we also like to be able to step into situations where we can really stretch out. If we need to plug in, we’ll plug in. We’re open to anything.” It’s that attitude, backed up by talent, that marks great musicians, traditional or progressive. The Travelin’ McCourys are twenty-first century musical pilgrims and adventurers. They’re onto something new, just like Bill Monroe was in the 1940s, but now we can see and hear that adventure live or online. Go see them, or—if you hold still long enough—they’ll come to you. https://www.facebook.com/TheTravelinMcCourys/
w/Dre and The Collective Swedish born Dre Anders is part of a very awarded, musical family. Since moving to the US, she has blended her pure smooth voice and strong melodies Sweden is known for with the West Coast and folk sounds that came out of Laurel Canyon in the 60’s to create something new–this sound is evident on the new album “My California” which garnered a #1 single on the Independent Single chart in Sweden. On any given day, the rotating cast of the “collective” can include members of the Royal Family of Bluegrass–Ronnie McCoury (mandolin) and Rob McCoury (banjo), along with their band mates Cody Kilby, Jason Carter, Alan Bartram. For this show, Dre will be joined by local singer-songwriter Rebekah Pulley, who’s live performances and recordings have wryly evolved, tapping roots-rock, blues, old-school country & western, jazz, and even gospel, earning her 7 ‘Best Of The Bay’ awards from Tampa Bay’s own Creative Loafing. Rebekah’s latest release, Tralala, was the top played CD on Tampa’s WMNF 88.5 FM. Together, Dre and Rebekah will blend their voices to bring you some favorite and loved folk songs, relevant for today. http://www.dreandthecollective.com