The Seldom Scene has a concert at BlackRock Center for the Arts on Saturday, Jan. 26.
The show comes as fans mourn the loss of founding member Mike Auldridge, who died Dec. 29, 2012, at his home in Silver Spring. Lauded as a dobro master, Auldridge was with The Scene until the mid 1990s and was named a National Heritage Fellow by the National Endowment for the Arts in 2012.
The Seldom Scene formed in Bethesda in 1971, performed for decades to sold-out crowds Thursday nights at The Birchmere and pioneered what was dubbed “newgrass”—fusing elements of jazz, folk and rock into traditional bluegrass harmonies.
At BlackRock, The Scene’s lineup will include founding member Ben Eldridge (banjo and scatt singing), Dudley Connell (guitar/lead and baritone vocals), Lou Reid (mandolin/lead and tenor vocals), Fred Travers (dobro/lead and tenor vocals), and Ronnie Simpkins (bass/baritone vocals).
If you go …
WHAT: The Seldom Scene performs
WHERE: BlackRock Center for the Arts
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26
MORE: Tickets cost $39 and $42 and are available at BlackRock’s box office, (240) 912-1058, or online at www.blackrockcenter.org