Photos from the Jim and Marianne Robeson benefit concert

Grand finale at the Jim and Marianne Robeson benefit concert (2/11/24) – photo © Jeromie Stephenson

Jeromie Stephens made it out to the benefit concert in Rockville, MD over the weekend in support of Jim and Marianne Robeson. Several DC-area bluegrass and folk artists performed for the benefit of Marianne, who is enduring serious health problems, to the degree that Jim, a highly respected recording engineer, has stopped working to be her principal caregiver.

In addition to these terrific photos, mostly from backstage, he shared this brief report:

“It was a wonderful concert. The whole audience wore masks voluntarily. Marianne was sitting there in the back of the hall, and no one wanted to risk making her sicker. Dede Wyland and Big Howdy opened the evening, the Seldom Scene closed it – at the very end Bill Starks led all the musicians who’d fit on the stage, and the audience, through Lean on Me. There likely wasn’t a dry eye in the room.”

You can read more about Jim and Marianne Robeson in our story from last week. A GoFundMe campaign has been established to assist with their medical and living expenses.

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Jeromie Stephens

Jeromie Stephens has been photographing bluegrass musicians for a little over 30 years. In keeping with the photo-reportage styles of Jim Marshall, Carl Fleischauer and Les Leverett, he shoots in black and white and tries to always stay in close to his subjects. He was first published by FRETS! Magazine in 1986, his junior year of high school. He's illustrated articles for Bluegrass Unlimited, Rolling Stone, Guitar Player, The Washington Post, The Nashville Tennessean and Fretboard Journal. Additionally his photos have been used in CD packages for musicians like Tony Rice, Danny Gatton and Lou Pallo. Jeromie lives in Fredericksburg, VA with his wife, April and youngest son, JJ. You are likely to see JJ with his Dad taking photos at festivals.