Bluegrass Summer Jam Series begins Monday at Troutman Depot
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Everyone is invited to gather at the Troutman Depot for six summer evenings of great bluegrass and old time favorites music jam, starting on Monday, June 3, at 7 p.m. The event is free for the community to enjoy.
Troutman Parks and Recreation Director Emily Watson and Troutman Chair’s Jean Land came up with the idea for the series.
“Jean and I were saying wouldn’t it be cool if we did like a music festival or something downtown. We have a group playing bluegrass at the library on Monday nights, so I asked them if they wanted to start having it downtown.”
They wanted to have the concerts at the Troutman Depot rather than the park for more visibility. “People will ride through town, hear it, see and stop in. A lot of folks don’t know that group’s at the library!”
“I think it will be good for downtown business. Since we don’t have a performing arts center or an amphitheater, this is a good way to use what we do have and display our local talent!”
David Saleeby, Stan Childers, and Kenny Overcash are among the pickers who will be performing. Local musicians are invited to bring their instruments to join the jam, and singers can jump in to carry the tune.
Music lovers should bring chairs, grab takeout or pack a picnic, and join their neighbors for an evening of toe-tapping entertainment and fun.
The town will set up 20 chairs for musicians, and Troutman Chair, sponsor of the series, will bring some of its famous rockers for some lucky attendees to enjoy.
Mark your calendars for the other five Monday jams on June 17, July 1, 15, August 5, 19.
If it storms, the group will still play at the library on these Monday nights, Watson added.