Bluegrass & Brass: Mountain Home Music July 4th Musical Celebration

170 Councill Street, Boone, NC 28607

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  • Dates: July 4, 2024
  • Time: 7:00 PM
  • Presented By: Mountain Home Music
  • Location: St. Luke's Episcopal Church
  • Address: 170 Councill Street, Boone, NC 28607
  • Price: $10 - $20

This show will be an evening of excellent renditions of songs popular in both musical genres as each group is given the chance plays some standards from their respective music styles, but what makes the concert special is when they combine their efforts. Joe Shannon once described the concert this way – “When they team up, it’s magic, kind of like Dixieland, but it’s Bluegrass Dixieland with an Appalachian heart.”

Past audiences can attest to the fact that this concert is just plain fun and nothing is more uplifting than hearing Bluegrass and Brass play the service anthems in their Armed Forces Salute, as JSMHM honors those who have served or are serving our country. This year’s selections will again include songs such as The Stars and Stripes Forever, The Bugle Call Rag, and many other favorites.

The Mountain Home Bluegrass Boys are a mainstay at JSMHM and features two-time national bluegrass banjo champion Steve Lewis, Scott Freeman on mandolin, Josh Scott on bass, and twice-national studio musician of the year, David Johnson – who will serve as host for the evening. His running commentary about the members of the two bands and the history of the music is worth the price of admission in itself!

Trombonist Harold McKinney, a retired ASU faculty member from the Hayes School of Music, directs the King Street Brass Band. This concert has special meaning for McKinney, as he was a member of the United States Air Force’s Tactical Air Command Band during his three and-one-half years of military service. The usual suspects will again be joining McKinney: alto trumpeter Patrick Whitehead from Washington D. C.’s Monumental Brass, tubist Chris Watson, music instructor from the Watauga County Schools; and soprano saxophonist Scott Kallestead, drummer Rob Falvo, and alto trombonist Joe Brown, all from the Hayes School of Music.

Tickets are $20, $10 for students and fully tax deductible and we will have you home before the fireworks!