Fiddlin' Around in Loudoun
Lucketts Bluegrass concerts deliver a foot stompin' good time.
Looking for some fiddlin’ around on a Saturday night? Then check out Lucketts Bluegrass for some serious strummin’ on the 'ole banjo and more. Lucketts Bluegrass, which was established in 1974, is “one of the longest running, continuously scheduled bluegrass series in the world,” according to its Web site. The series runs each year from October to April.
Lucketts Bluegrass is well known for drawing top names in bluegrass music. Acts such as Larry Sparks, The Seldom Scene and the Dry Branch Fire Squad have appeared as well as a large number of local and regional bands.
“Bands now playing at Lucketts are led by the sons and daughters of bands who graced the Lucketts stage in years gone by,” said Paul Garvin, president of the Lucketts Bluegrass Foundation. Lucketts Bluegrass has clearly achieved prominence in the bluegrass community. “There are very few, if any, bluegrass musicians in the United States that have not heard of Lucketts,” Garvin said.
The concerts, which draw about 145 people each week, are held at 7 p.m. on Saturday nights at Lucketts Elementary School, located at 14550 James Monroe Highway north of Leesburg. Admission at the door is $15. Doors open at 6 p.m. A variety of inexpensive refreshments are available at the snack bar. Concerts are usually held at The Old Lucketts School – which serves as the Lucketts Community Center – but the school is currently undergoing renovation. The Old Lucketts School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
If you’re looking for a fun way to spend a Saturday night, consider putting one or more of these concert dates on your calendar:
Feb. 5 Aspen Run/Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass
Feb. 12 The Special Consensus
Feb. 19 Marty Raybon Band
Feb. 26 The Country Gentlemen Tribute Band with Bill Yates
March 5 The Stevens Family/Sweet Potato Pie
March 12 Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers
March 19 Kathy Kallick and her Band
March 26 Hazel Dickens and her Band (with Dudley Connell and other all stars)
April 2 The Hillbilly Gypsies/The Virginia Ramblers
April 9 The Scott Brannon Band/Tony Holt and the Wildwood Valley Boys
April 16 RemingtonRyde/Bluestone
April 23 The Fitzmaurice Band/Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers
April 30 Rockledge/Jay Armsworthy and Eastern Tradition
This past year, the Virginia Folk Music Association (VFMA) honored Lucketts Bluegrass with a 2010 Special Recognition Award during its annual festival in Chesterfield, VA. Sponsors of Lucketts Bluegrass include the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.
So if you’re looking for a way to shake the winter blahs, Lucketts Bluegrass is sure to deliver an energizing good time.