On October 20, 2013, 100 lucky music fans will have a unique opportunity to return to the Red Fox Inn — DC’s hottest bluegrass nightclub of the 1970s — to listen to the current configuration of the Seldom Scene, along with former members Tom Gray and John Starling.
The famous Bethesda restaurant, now known as the Positano Ristorante Italiano, was the original home of the Seldom Scene.
In an historic promotion by the DC Bluegrass Union, patrons will join Starling, Gray, Ben Eldridge, Dudley Connell, Fred Travers, Lou Reid and Ronnie Simpkins for a special musical evening.
Randy Barrett, the DCBU president, relates ………..
“The idea was the brainstorm of Matt Slocum, our board member who handles PR. He had noticed that the old Red Fox was now an Italian restaurant. Since the room was still there, he brought the idea of a Seldom Scene reunion fundraiser to the rest of the DC Bluegrass Union board and we jumped on it.
Matt approached Tom Gray who floated the idea to John Starling, Ben Eldridge and the rest of the current band. Happily, they all agreed. At that point we knew we had something very special on our hands.
The Red Fox — and the Scene’s rise there — is part of Washington, DC bluegrass legend. The place was hopping nearly every night of the week and many up-and-coming players worked their chops on its stage. People like Emmylou Harris, Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs and Jerry Douglas were regulars.
The buzz is growing. A lot of the old Red Fox regulars are coming to relive some happy history and see old friends. We’re looking forward to night of nostalgia, laughs and great music.”
Tickets include a three-course meal and are partially tax deductible. All proceeds go to the non-profit DC Bluegrass Union.
Individual tickets are $150. Couples price is $250. Tickets are available from the DC Bluegrass Union online.
A cash bar will be available and a silent auction will be conducted throughout the evening.
The Positano Ristorante Italiano (formerly The Red Fox Inn) is located at 4940-4948 Fairmont Avenue in Bethesda, MD.
The full schedule for the evening is ….
4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Reception/Socializing and Cash Bar
5:45 – 7:00 p.m. – Dinner is served (main course about 6:00 p.m.)
7:00 – 8:30 p.m. – Music provided by the Seldom Scene
8:45 p.m. – Silent Auction Ends
8:30 – 9:30 p.m. – Post-concert socializing, cash bar and silent auction winners announced
Category: Bluegrass festival/concert news
About the Author (Author Profile)
Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics.
A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe.
He wrote the annotated series I’m On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.
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