‘Hillbilly Hoedown’ to raid 123
Published: Thursday, April 26, 2012
Updated: Thursday, April 26, 2012 01:04
Music to Your Ears Productions is set to host a bluegrass-styled "Hillbilly Hoedown" tonight at 123 Pleasant Street.
The event, which will begin at 9 p.m. with a free country-style supper (yes, you read that correctly), will be a totally new and immersive experience at the historic Morgantown venue.
"I’ll be dressing 123 up with some hay bales to give it a true barn hoedown feel," said Adam Payne, owner of Music to Your Ears Production.
"It’s gonna be complete with country vittles, bales of hay and, heck, I might even get some chickens."
To complement the country scenery, Payne has booked an all-star lineup of bluegrass bands to emit their twangy musical stylings through the air.
From Paducah, Ky., the bluegrass group Bawn in the Mash will serve as the night’s feature attraction, with the Cincinnati-based act Rumpke Mountain Boys to open up the show.
Bawn in the Mash is a five-piece group with a sound "founded in the ancient tones of Western Kentucky."
This old-school bluegrass style has led the group to an impressive No. 5 slot on the Reix "Jam On" charts, a spot which they currently hold.
Having released four studio albums and played hundreds of shows across the United States, Bawn in the Mash is a true force in the modern bluegrass scene, and the group will be putting its talents on full display tonight at 123 Pleasant Street.
Opening up for Bawn in the Mash is Ohio-based self-dubbed "trashgrass" group Rumpke Mountain Boys.
The group formed this genre as a result of its mash-up style that is part bluegrass and part jamgrass.
Using banjo, mandolin and both acoustic and bass guitars, Rumpke Mountain Boys play a varied set of both original and cover material.
In addition, the group’s four members all write their own music, resulting in a sound that touches on all genres and lyrical content.
Beside the music, though, tonight’s "Hillbilly Hoedown" brings something totally new to 123 Pleasant Street: a free country-style supper.
"From 9-10 p.m., I’ll have some free home country-style cooking," Payne said. "We’ll have all the fixings: fried chicken, corn on the cob, mashed potatoes and gravy, biscuits and more!"
If the music wasn’t enough to propel you to the event, Payne’s menu of home-cooked treats serves as an added incentive to get a ticket and show up early to the first annual "Hillbilly Hoedown."
With great food and even better music, this is a can’t-miss event for farm-bred music fans who are looking for a good time.
The supper will start at 9 p.m. with music beginning around 10 p.m.
Tickets to the event are $10 and can be purchased online at www.showclix.com or at the door on the night of the show.
The event is open to anyone 18 years of age and older.