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MetroMix of Iowa City to perform

Oct 26, 2017

The Washington Area Performing Arts and Events Center introduces the third event of their second season. MetroMix of Iowa City, a Sweet Adelines chorus, will perform at 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12. The MetroMix Chorus is a dynamic organization of women singers performing quality barbershop music--four-part harmony, a cappella.

The public is encouraged to purchase MetroMix reserved seats online at WashingtonAuditorium.org. Tickets will also be on sale at the Chamber of Commerce two weeks prior to the show or at the box office one hour before performance.

Barbershop is one of the only completely American (USA American) art forms, but the Sweet Adelines organization has gone international—establishing choruses all over the world.

As an established chorus, MetroMix is an active member within Sweet Adelines International and has won numerous regional awards and the right to perform at nine international competitions.

Women from a 75-mile radius of Iowa City combine to form MetroMix. Members converge from Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and other smaller towns including Washington, Riverside, Wellman and Keota to participate in this group.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. an hour before the Nov. 12 performance, a free dessert reception in the high school Commons, furnished by Café Dodici, will honor all the Washington Performing Arts and Events Center Donors. All audience members are invited to the reception. Named Giving plaques honoring those who donated at least $25,000 will be unveiled for this event as well as donor seat labels.

This year’s MetroMix show titled “So What’s New?” is a musical romp, with comedy, harmony and bling which will include local guest performers.

Their Nov. 12 event at the Performing Arts Center boasts of being able to “Drive you to hysterics!”


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Posted by: Glen Peiffer | Nov 12, 2017 09:10

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Sondheim Series in Fairfield


Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder


Sat, Dec 09 | 7:30 PM

King of Kentucky Bluegrass with 15 Grammy Awards

OPENING ACT | LORI KING & JUNCTION 63Fairfest at the Sondheim Series in Fairfield

Fifteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winner RICKY SKAGGS' career is easily among the most significant in recent country music history. If Skaggs' burgeoning trophy case full of awards wasn't already enough evidence of that fact, consider that legendary guitarist Chet Atkins once credited Skaggs with "single-handedly saving country music." His life's path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact.

Born July 18, 1954 in Cordell, Kentucky, Skaggs showed signs of future stardom at an early age, playing mandolin on stage with bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe at 6 and appearing on TV with Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs at 7. He emerged as a professional bluegrass musician in 1971, when he and his friend Keith Whitley were invited to join the legendary Ralph Stanley's band the Clinch Mountain Boys.

Skaggs then went on to record and perform with progressive bluegrass acts like the Country Gentlemen and J.D. Crowe & the New South, whose self-titled 1975 Rounder Records debut album was instantly recognized as a landmark bluegrass achievement. He then led Boone Creek, which also featured Dobro ace and fellow New South alumnus Jerry Douglas.

But Skaggs turned to the more mainstream country music genre in the late '70s when he joined Emmylou Harris's Hot Band, replacing Rodney Crowell. He became a recording artist in his own right in 1981 when his Epic label debut album Waitin' for the Sun to Shine topped the country charts and yielded a pair of #1 hits. Overall, his productive stay at Epic Records would result in a total of 12 #1 hits. Additionally, he garnered eight Country Music Association Awards--including the coveted Entertainer of the Year trophy in 1985.

Skaggs, of course, fit right in with young "new-traditionalist" '80s artists like Randy Travis, and helped rejuvenate the country music genre after the worn-out "Urban Cowboy" period. But, Skaggs put his own stamp on the country format by infusing his bluegrass and traditional country music roots into the contemporary Nashville sound.

Skaggs' 1997 album Bluegrass Rules!, released on his newly-formed Skaggs Family Records label, marked a triumphant return to bluegrass—which he's solidified ever since with a series of GRAMMY® Award winning albums, recorded with his amazing bluegrass band, Kentucky Thunder (8-time winners of the IBMA 'Instrumental Group of the Year'). Skaggs' label has also served as a home for similar bluegrass and roots music-oriented artists including Cherryholmes and The Whites.

Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and he continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. Clearly his passion for it puts him in the position to bring his lively, distinctively American form of music out of isolation and into the ears and hearts of audiences across the country and around the world. Ricky Skaggs is always forging ahead with cross-cultural, genre-bending musical ideas and inspirations.

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