Remembering Bill Monroe…

Bill Monroe invented bluegrass music.

Heck, he even invented the name – taken from his band, the Blue Grass Boys.

And for more than a half-century, Monroe & the Blue Grass Boys simply defined bluegrass music – a hard-edged style of acoustic country that emphasizes a high level of instrumental virtuosity, a plaintive lonesome blend of vocal harmonies and a fast, hard-driving tempo.

Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs is celebrating the centennial of Monroe’s birth with a special concert on Friday night (January 13), “Celebrating a Century of Bill Monroe: A Mandolin Tribute to the Father of Bluegrass.” Hosted by emcee Michael Eck, the evening will feature four of the finest area bluegrass bands – Dan Johnson & His Expert Sidemen, C.B. Smith & the Lucky Devils, Fairview Avenue and Jim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys – playing tunes from the vast Monroe songbag.

Friday’s tribute concert is a benefit for Caffe Lena. Showtime is 8pm, and tix are $20.

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