WTA’s Gateway First Bluegrass Night

WTA’s Gateway will present its first evening devoted exclusively to traditional bluegrass music on Friday, Feb. 24.  Featured will be Allegheny Blue and Blue Mountain Sunrise.  Performance will begin at 8 p.m. at 329 West Main in Downtown Waynesboro.

Blue Mountain Sunrise has been playing to the enjoyment of Bluegrass and Bluegrass Gospel fans in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and beyond for over 30 years. The band’s current line-up includes two brothers who provide harmonious vocals. Roy Kiser (known by some as Danny) keeps time on the upright bass and Jeff Kiser holds his own with great licks and background work on the 5-string banjo. Darrell Weaver, the only original member band member, rips on the resophonic guitar. Brent Burkholder, the newest member works the guitar with good rhythm and leads. Band members have played in various Bluegrass and Gospel groups over the years and are seasoned veterans of the Bluegrass scene.

Allegheny Blue characterizes itself as hard-driven, progressive traditional bluegrass band with a whole lot of edge.  “We don’t want to sound country, nor modern,” says the band’s leader, “but bluegrass the way it ought to be [performed].”  The band’s lead singer and guitarist is Caleb Bailey.  Joining him are Daniel and Darren Howdshell.  The group’s bassist is Brandon Kyle.  The newest member of Allegheny Blue is Spencer Blankenship who plays fiddle and guitar but is known for his mandolin leads.

Tickets for WTA’s Bluegrass Night are $10 and are available online at www.wtagateway.com or by calling 540-943-9999.  Remaining tickets will be available at the door.  Beverages and snacks are available during the performances.