Tony Rice benefit in Paris succeeds

Earlier this month we posted information about a benefit concert for Tony Rice to be held in Paris, France on May 11. We’re delighted to further report that the show was a success. The show raised roughly $3000 in donations, which will be sent along to the Tony Rice Foundation.

Christian Séguret, who performed during the concert, sent along this brief report.

Grand Finale led by Sanseverino at the Tony Rice benefit concert in Paris (5/11/14)“Around 250 paying folks came for the show. Some who could not make it sent donations, and artists who were on the road donated albums to be sold during the event. Many French bluegrass pionneers were present on stage or in the room, but the most pleasing thing was that a whole new generation of pickers and singers came out and showed their talent on stage.

Bluegrass is alive and well in France. Most of the bands payed tribute to Tony by playing his music. The audience was a combination of hardcore bluegrass fans and fans of Tony’s music, mixed with fans of Sanseverino who were not necessarly familiar with this type of music, and who discovered it on this occasion. La Maroquinerie, the theater who lent its location for the event, Asterios, the company who help taking care of the organization are now finalizing the account and the different contributions will be sent to the French Bluegrass Music Association who will send a global check to the TR Foundation.”

Séguret also shared some photos from the show.


Well done, our French bluegrass brothers and sisters!

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.