An evening of “Pickin’ and Grinnin’

Fans of bluegrass music in Lewis County were presented with a treat on Saturday, April 7, with a concert at Lewis County High School (LCHS) featuring three local bluegrass groups.
The concert, which was a fundraiser to help members of LC Blue with the cost of attending the Augusta Heritage Center’s Bluegrass week in August 2018, featured LC Blue, Bluegrass Preserves Band with Patrick Brooks, and Silas Powell and the Powell Family Band.
Attendees on Saturday night were treated with a mix of bluegrass “standards” including  “Fox on the Run”, “Cripple Creek”, “Rocky Top,” and the ever popular West Virginia anthem “Country Roads.”
The Augusta Heritage Center’s Bluegrass week is held at Davis and Elkins College during August and features a staff of nationally known bluegrass musicians sharing their talents with participants. The event features workshops, demonstrations, special presentations, concerts, and jam sessions.
LC Blue Coordinator Mark Lynch, who helped found the group in 2002, said that the Augusta Camp is always a great experience for young musicians and that the opportunity to “pick” with famous musicians can be a thrill for people of all ages.
Lynch noted that the cost for the camp is around $1,000 per student including room and board, and said that he and members of the group are working with the Augusta Heritage Center on partial scholarships for attendees.
Lynch also thanked the community for their generosity, and noted the support they received from the Lewis County Board of Education and the principals through the years at Lewis County High School.
Lynch also noted that LC Blue recently recorded an album that is now in the production stages, and should be set for release soon, with the proceeds going toward the cost of the camp.

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