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'Grass In Gallitzin!

May 7, 2011 - Jim Price
Bluegrass will be growing onstage in Gallitzin this Saturday night, May 7, for a good cause.

The 5th annual “Double Barrel Bluegrass Shindig” will light up the stage of the Oriental Ballroom in Gallitzin starting at 7 p.m. The event will raise funds for the Gallitzin American Legion and Dreams Go On, a local nonprofit organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding for physically challenged children and adults.

The show will feature two prominent regional bluegrass-geared groups. Set to issue their first full-length CD, Altoona’s Mama Corn will kick off the evening. Featuring singer/guitarist Bruce Foor, singer/banjo player Jeremy Nelson, bassist Kelly Montgomery and singer/guitarist/dobro player John Stevens; Mama Corn will perform a mixture of traditional bluegrass, original bluegrass-geared compositions, and also bluegrass- and folk-flavored takes on rock and pop favorites. Mama Corn will blend their excellent musicianship with a laid-back, often humorous vibe that makes audiences instantly feel at home.

Headlining the show will be Morgantown, West Virginia bluegrass favorites The Hillbilly Gypsies. Celebrating a decade of entertaining audiences, The Hillbilly Gypsies offer an invigorating, energetic brand of bluegrass, as they perform original songs and traditional bluegrass favorites. The Gypsies offer some of the best banjo picking, fiddle sawing and precision musicianship you’re likely to see, all while congregated around one central diaphragm microphone. The group last year released a double-CD live set, Live at OATS with Extra Gravy.

It’s always a good time when these two groups get together. And do not be surprised if members of each band join in with the other group onstage. It should again be an evening of maximum picking and grinning excitement.

Admission is $15 at the door. Advance tickets may still be available at Music Emporium and Tom & Joe’s Restaurant. Food and refreshments will be available. For more information about the show, call 886-8939.

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Mama Corn, during a performance in April, 2009 at the Altoona Ramada. Mandolin player Brad Floyd is no longer with the group.


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