An all-star collaboration concert has been scheduled for February 12 to celebrate the life and music of Mike Auldridge, who died after a lengthy illness on Dec 28, 2012.
Mike’s influence on the worlds of bluegrass and resonator guitar can scarcely be overstated. No one playing the instrument today is untouched by his brilliance, and precious few in the acoustic music scene failed to call him friend.
A big bunch of those friends will descend on The Birchmere in Alexandria, VA for this tribute show, which is planned not as a wake but a joyous gathering. Already scheduled to play are members of the many groups in which Auldridge participated, including current and former members of Seldom Scene, plus fellow slidemeisters Jerry Douglas, Rob Ickes and Sally Van Meter.
Mike’s long time friend, Emmylou Harris, is confirmed for the show plus Tom Gray and John Starling, the two surviving original members of the Scene other than founding and current banjo picker, Ben Eldridge. Former Scenesters Moondi Klein and T. Michael Coleman will be on hand, as well as Jimmy Gaudreau, who played with Auldridge, Klein and Coleman as Chesapeake.
Additionally, David Bromberg will perform, along with Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Mike Munford, Rickie Simpkins, Jimmy Gaudreau, Eric Brace, Peter Cooper, and Darren Beachley.
The $45 tickets go on sale today – and they won’t last long.