Award-winning bluegrass band to play tonight

Kristy Mason

The Del McCoury Band is giving Western a bit of hometown bluegrass music tonight.

The award-winning group will give a free performance at Van Meter Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. as part of Western’s Cultural Enhancement Series.

Since the group’s formation in 1992, it has received three dozen awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Last October, the band received the organization’s Entertainer of the Year award for the seventh time.

The band is composed of five members: Del McCoury, vocalist and guitarist; Jason Cater, fiddler; Mike Bub, bass; and Del McCoury’s sons, Rob, banjo; and Ronnie, mandolin and occasional vocalist.

Chris Harris, the group’s manager and associate manager of Rainmaker Management, said that although the band performs old-fashioned bluegrass music, most of their fans are in their 20s.

“Their growth right now is in the college market, and the student fans keep growing,” Harris said.

He said the band’s performance style is unique from that of other bluegrass bands.

“The band groups together by one microphone and plays together like most bands performed 60 years ago rather than be spread apart on stage,” Harris said. “The show is very interesting.”

Mina Doerner, administrative assistant for the Potter College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, said she is a fan of the group.

“They have a very old-fashioned style,” she said.

The Del McCoury Band has performed at the Grand Ole Opry and appeared on Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Late Show with David Letterman and the Public Broadcasting System’s Sessions at West 54th.

The band is currently touring the country and will record their next album this summer.

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