BMC To Host Steep Canyon Rangers Drive-In Concert Aug. 27
Last updated 8/24/2020 at 4:02pm
The Brevard Music Center (BMC) will host the Grammy-winning progressive bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers on Thursday, Aug. 27, at 8:30 p.m., as they kick off their three-concert Western North Carolina Drive-In Tour. Attendees will enjoy the show from the safety of their cars while watching music live on a mobile stage, broadcast on a big screen, and transmitted through their FM radio. The sold-out performance will be livestreamed by the Brevard Music Center on its website through the generous sponsorship of Ingles Markets.
Woody Platt, acoustic guitarist and lead vocalist, is excited to get back out in front of the fans.
“It will be very different. I think it’s a very cool concept in the current situation,” Platt said. “I feel like applause will probably be horns. It will be a new experience for the band and the fans and that will make it unique and fun.”
The concert highlights Brevard Music Center’s community engagement throughout the summer. BMC presented drive-in movies from May through July, and is currently offering free COVID-19 testing on its campus to all individuals whether or not they have health insurance.
“BMC loves being part of this special community of ours. Though we couldn’t present our regular season this year, in this moment we have been able help those in need. This is what neighbors do for each other. This is who we are,” said Mark Weinstein, president of the Brevard Music Center.
The Steep Canyon Rangers will perform a variety of their favorites, as well as songs from their upcoming album “Arm in Arm,” scheduled to be released on Oct. 16 on Yep Roc Records. The concert tour is made possible by a consortium of state and local sponsors, and will support the Can’d Aid TUNES program, which works to provide musical instruments and education to underserved youth.
The concert can be livestreamed at http://www.brevardmusic.org.
“Ingles is thrilled to be part of this fun and creative way to continue Brevard Music Center’s rich tradition of entertaining WNC,” said Melissa Leavell, director of advertising at Ingles Markets.
BMC will ask listeners to support its community partner Rise & Shine, a year-round after school program based in Brevard, whose mission is to help economically disadvantaged and racial minority children learn about the fundamental importance of education, about their community and culture, and about themselves.
In-Person tickets for the Aug. 27 concert are sold out. To watch the concert live, visit http://www.brevardmusic.org for more information.
About Brevard Music Center Summer Institute & Festival
Led by Artistic Director Keith Lockhart, Brevard Music Center stands as one of this country’s premier summer training programs and music festivals. For twelve weeks each summer, the next generation of musicians from across the globe gather in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina to perform alongside a distinguished faculty from major symphonies, universities, and conservatories. They are joined by some of the most celebrated names in music – from classical superstars to pops legends to acclaimed composers – for more than 80 unforgettable performances under the stars. Throughout its history, thousands of individuals have contri-buted to the Music Center’s success through their generous charitable support of our nonprofit’s mission to teach gifted young musicians to prepare and perform great musical works at a high artistic level.
About The Steep Canyon Rangers
Steep Canyon Rangers are North Carolina’s GRAMMY winners, perennial Billboard chart- toppers, and frequent collaborators of the renowned banjoist (and occasional comedian) Steve Martin. In 2020 Steep Canyon Rangers has released two albums, both on Yep Roc Records. “The North Carolina Songbook” which is a recording of their live performance of all North Carolina Songwriters performed in 2019 at Merlefest in Wilkesboro, N.C. They also released “Be Still Moses,” teaming with Philadelphia soul legends Boyz II Men and the Asheville Symphony. The Rangers are made up of Woody Platt on guitar and vocals, Graham Sharp on banjo and vocals, Mike Guggino on mandolin/mandola and vocals, Nicky Sanders on fiddle and vocals, Mike Ashworth on drums and vocals, and Barrett Smith on bass and vocals.
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