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Bluegrass concert: Jeff Scroggins and Colorado

 

Photo courtesy Paul Roberts Annie Savage’s vivaciousness and versatility have developed through 30 years of performing classical violin, concert harp and bluegrass fiddle.  She and the other members of the Jeff Scroggins and Colorado perform in concert at the Ross Aragon Community Center at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18.

Photo courtesy Paul Roberts
Annie Savage’s vivaciousness and versatility have developed through 30 years of performing classical violin, concert harp and bluegrass fiddle. She and the other members of the Jeff Scroggins and Colorado perform in concert at the Ross Aragon Community Center at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18.

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado performs in concert at the Ross Aragon Community Center at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18.

Advance tickets for $12 are on sale at the community center. Tickets at the door are $15. Young people 18 and under will be admitted free of charge. The doors and cash bar will open at 7 p.m. For more information, call the community center at 264-4152.

Question: What’s the name of the American musical form based on musical traditions from Great Britain and Ireland; used to be called old-time mountain hillbilly music; draws upon country, gospel and blues music; with two, three and four part vocal harmony; whose acoustic stringed instrumentation originated in rural dance bands; has attracted a broad audience internationally and at major music festivals and concerts in Colorado; characterized as, “Scottish bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin’. It’s methodist and holiness and baptist. It’s blues and jazz  — and it has a high lonesome sound,” by one of its progenitors? Answer (envelope please): Bluegrass. It was Bill Monroe’s quote.

This compelling concert features a group that is becoming prominent among the nation’s finest contemporary bluegrass bands. Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is quickly building up a dedicated fan base through constant touring on the bluegrass festival and fine arts concert circuits. Because of its exceptional singing and virtuosic playing, this group is making a major contribution to keeping bluegrass music popular.

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado features banjo prodigy Jeff Scroggins, singer/guitarist Greg Blake, fiddler Annie Savage, bassist K.C. Groves and mandolinist Tristan Scroggins.

Jeff Scroggins grew up on a farm in rural Dibble, Okla. Scroggins is one of the premier masters of the five-string banjo. He has performed and recorded with many of the top names in bluegrass and has won dozens of banjo contests. Scroggins has toured throughout the U.S., Canada, Japan and Russia.

Annie Savage’s vivaciousness and versatility have developed through 30 years of performing classical violin, concert harp and bluegrass fiddle. She has a strong background in music education. Besides enjoying a rigorous performance schedule, she teaches orchestra at a school in Lafayette, Colo.

Greg Blake was born in southern West Virginia and from there acquired his love for bluegrass and mountain music. Blake was won numerous awards for both his singing and guitar playing. His gospel numbers are especially appealing.

K.C. Groves is a recording artist and founding member of the popular old-time band, Uncle Earl, which played major festivals in the U.S. and toured extensively abroad, gaining fans and musical cohorts such as Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones, who produced one of her band’s CDs.

Tristan Scroggins, still in high school, has made swift inroad to becoming one the top bluegrass mandolin virtuosos in the business. He is a prolific composer and dynamic performer.

Come enjoy a rare treat with a band that’s cruising its way to nationwide popularity.

The Ross Aragon Community Center presents Jeff Scroggins and Colorado in collaboration with Elation Center for the Arts. The Pagosa Springs SUN is the event sponsor. Thanks to audio engineer Jeffrey Heintzlman for his knowledgeable support in staging this production.

This story was posted on April 4, 2013.