The Seldom Scene is without a doubt, Washington DC’s favorite bluegrass band but don’t think of this legendary band as a regional band. With a body of work stretching back to 1971 and early collaborations with Emmy Lou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Jonathan Edwards they are easily one on the most recognizable bands on the circuit today with fans located all over the world.
As one of the first bluegrass bands to embrace a non-traditional approach they stretched the boundaries of what was acceptable by embracing artists such as Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead while mixing it up with Merle Haggard and traditional tunes as well. As it was from the beginning days with signature tenor singer John Duffey, the band is still known for its soaring, incredibly tight, vocal gymnastics.
Today the band features Ron Stewart on banjo and fiddle, Dudley Connell on guitar (formerly of the Johnson Mt. Boys), Fred Travers on dobro, Lou Reid on mandolin (formerly with Ricky Skaggs) and Ronnie Simpkins on bass (formerly with The Tony Rice Unit). Sometimes irreverent, always entertaining, the Scene’s legend continues growing into the 21st century.
Silk City with Mary Olive Smith will warm the stage for The Seldom Scene. Silk City (Barry Mitterhoff, Danny Weiss, Larry Cohen & special guest Mary Olive Smith) is a string band with a sound as unique as their repertoire. Mandolin, guitar and bass blend in a breathtaking variety of styles including hard-driving bluegrass, wide-ranging ethnic music, sparkling original vocals and instrumentals and audience favorites like the “Wizard of Oz Medley”. The trio combines exciting, interesting arrangements and meticulous delivery with a hard-hitting sound that will enrapture acoustic music lovers.