15 Friday / November 15, 2019

Abbey Road’s 50th Birthday Party: A Celebration of The Beatles with Glenn Gass

06:30 pm to 09:30 pm
The Fields, 1333 S. Fenbrook Ln., Bloomington
https://middlewayhouse.org/event/abbey-roads-50th-birthday-party/

Join us for a multi-media presentation showcasing the Beatles’ last studio album together, released in the fall of 1969. Professor Gass’ inimitable style of passionate storytelling brings to life the high art on the pop chart brought to the world by what many consider the most influential musical group in history. Dinner and cash bar provided by One World Catering. Semi-formal attire appreciated. Proceeds support Middle Way House’s services for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and human trafficking—including emergency shelter, legal advocacy, 24/7 help and crisis line (812.336.0846), transitional and permanent housing, educational and prevention programs, and more.

Benefits / Civic Affairs / Eat and Drink / Entertainment / Speakers

15 Friday / November 15, 2019

The Del McCoury Band

08:00 pm
Buskirk-Chumley Theater
https://bctboxoffice.org/event/the-del-mccoury-band/

Even among the pantheon of music’s finest artists, Del McCoury stands alone. From the nascent sound of bluegrass that charmed hardscrabble hillbilly honkytonks, rural schoolhouse stages, and the crowning glory of the Grand Ole Opry, to the present-day culture-buzz of viral videos and digital streams, Del is the living link. On primetime and late-night television talk shows, there is Del. From headlining sold-out concerts to music festivals of all genres, including one carrying his namesake, there is Del. Where audiences number in the tens of thousands, and admirers as diverse as country-rock icon Steve Earle and jamband royalty Phish count as two among hundreds, there is Del.

“I’m just doing what’s natural,” says Del. “When young musicians ask me what they should do I always tell them, ‘You do whatever’s inside of you. Do what you do best.”

“We don’t have a setlist,” says Del. “We try and work in the new songs, but a lot of times it’s just requests from the audience. It’s more interesting for the band, for me, and for the audience because nobody knows what’s coming next.”

And like any genuine treasure, the gifts keep coming. On their latest release, Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass – a title that echoes his 1968 debut on Arhoolie Records, Del McCoury Sings Bluegrass – Del and the boys bring home another stellar collection of traditional bluegrass music. With 14 songs brimming with hot licks, classic songcraft, even some boundary-stretching electric guitar, and Del’s matchless vocal delivery, the Del McCoury Band moves up the gold bar standard of bluegrass yet another notch. “What I like in a record is a variety of moods, of tempos,” Del says. “I consider myself traditional at heart, but I don’t have any boundaries. I’m just a guy that likes to sing and play music. Whatever strikes me to do I’ll do it. Without wrecking things.”

Entertainment / Live Music

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