It has been a big week for bluegrass heavyweights, Blue Highway. On the heel of Tuesday’s announcement that their latest album, Original Traditional, received a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album , their long-anticipated “Fan Appreciation Concert” has been rescheduled for April 15th, 2017. Even better, the concert will also be recorded for Blue Highway’s first LIVE album!
The unique event concept was originally scheduled for this past spring, but with a family tragedy that struck Shawn Lane’s family and Wayne Taylor’s unexpected health issues, the band had to postpone the show.
The award-winning, Blue Highway will be hosting their first ever “Fan Appreciation Concert” on Saturday, April 15th, at Emory & Henry’s McGlothlin Center for the Arts in Emory, VA. The luxurious, $20 million venue welcomes Blue Highway as its first outside concert.
This will truly be the ultimate Blue Highway experience. When fans purchase their tickets, they will also be voting for which songs will appear on the band’s setlist. Any song from the band’s eleven albums are fair game! In addition to truly being an all request show, a handful of lucky fans will receive the honor of getting to introduce their favorite Blue Highway songs on stage. Special guests will be appearing throughout the concert as well, performing with Blue Highway and further adding to a very special evening.
The event will completely immerse attendees in the world of Blue Highway. Fans will choose whether they would like to sit in sections such as “Marbletown” (Front Row), “V-Bottom Boat” (Orchestra), “Sycamore Hollow” (Mezzanine), “Keen Mountain” (Balcony), or “In The Gravel Yard” (Floor Box Seats), all Blue Highway songs. All fans will also be eligible to win many special door prizes throughout the concert, including some one-of-a-kind Blue Highway items.
There are special lunch and dinner tickets available as well, featuring a gourmet all-you-can-eat buffet. Tickets will be available beginning today, December 9th, on the band web site.
Fans can also participate in workshop events with the band the day preceding the event, on Friday, April 14th. Blue Highway enthusiasts can learn from their heroes, with the workshops scheduled as follows:
BANJO – Jason Burleson
GUITAR – Tim Stafford
FIDDLE / MANDOLIN – Shawn Lane
DOBRO – Gaven Largent
SONGWRITING – Tim Stafford, Wayne Taylor, and Shawn Lane
The Blue Highway Fan Appreciation Concert and live album taping includes a matinee (2:00 p.m.) and an evening performance (7:00 p.m.). Each performance will include two one-hour sets with an intermission. For tickets and more information, be sure to visit bluehighwayband.com.
The band is also running a special Launch Week Promotion. Fans who purchase tickets during the first week (December 9th through December 18th) will receive a special Holiday Card signed by the entire band, announcing that they have tickets to the show. For those purchasing tickets as a gift, it would make a great stocking stuffer.
Fans who purchased tickets for the originally scheduled concert (April 2016) will now have Reserved Assigned Seating, and will receive a special collectible ticket. (If you were among these original ticket holders and have not yet confirmed your reserved seats, go to www.bluehighwayband.com and contact Blue Highway’s Tour Manager.)
This special event will be a first of its kind in the band’s twenty-two year tenure, and I, for one, am very excited about this ultimate Blue Highway experience!