Lonesome River Band will perform on Saturday, Jan. 6, at 7 p.m. at the Attic Productions Theater, just south of Fincastle on US 220.
Each year the Twelfth Night Charity presents a concert of free family entertainment for the entire community. This annual concert had its origin at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Fincastle where the first concert was held over 30 years ago. The concert is free to the public, but admission tickets are required due to limited seating. Patrons are asked to bring voluntary contributions of food and money for the two benefitting charities: the Botetourt County Food Pantry and the Botetourt County Social Services Emergency Fuel Fund. The Food Pantry gives food to needy families, and the Emergency Fuel Fund assists economically depressed families and individuals having difficulty paying utility bills.
Lonesome River Band is one of the most respected names in bluegrass music. It is led by Sammy Shelor, a five-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Banjo Player of the Year and a member of the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame.
Shelor is joined by two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and Jesse Smathers (mandolin). Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass) round out the lineup.
Over a period of 34 years, Lonesome River Band has released 18 albums and has appeared at the top bluegrass and country venues throughout the United States. It has received numerous association awards, including Bluegrass Band of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Lonesome River Band also appeared on Late Night with David Letterman along with comedian and banjo player, Steve Martin.
The concert is organized and produced by volunteers from St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and the local community. Advance tickets will be available this month at Bank of Botetourt branches, at Digital Image Printing in Daleville, and by mail at 12th Night Concert, Attn: Treasurer, P.O. Box 277, Fincastle, 24090. Mail requests should include a stamped, self-addressed envelope. Additional information is available at www.stmarksfincastle.org or firstname.lastname@example.org or call 473-2370.