By Colleen Lockhart
The Bluegrass Jamboree, a gem of good, clean, family entertainment, has been at home at the Hambden Grange, 9778 Old State Road in Chardon for 35 years, scheduled every fourth Saturday from October through May, except December.
Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show runs 7 to 10 p.m. The price for four hours of relaxing down-home ntertainment is just $10 for adults. $5 for children 11 to 15 years of age with 10 and under free with an adult. Food and refreshments are available to purchase.
Manager Mark Posey calls the Jamboree the “working man’s show”. Posey has been involved with bluegrass music his entire life, and five years ago, he inherited the Jamboree from Charles Lape, who ran it for 30 years. Posey contacts the best local talent and invites them to play through Doghouse Entertainment, an organization that helps promote area bluegrass festivals.
In addition to being the sound man, Posey performs in the Red Dust Mountain Boys. His band is a casual, mature band with four members between the ages of 59 to 80. They have been together for 15 years. All members sing, which is unique. When they get together, they do not rehearse. They sit around joking and “telling lies,” which sometimes make it into the band performance.
The next Bluegrass Jamboree is scheduled for March 23 with two bands, Highway 57 from Medina County and Ottawa County Bluegrass Band. Come out to support this long-standing tradition of the Bluegrass Jamboree. Bluegrass music is for everyone, getting its roots from the people who migrated to American in the 1600s from Ireland, Scotland and England. This Jamboree helps keep the music alive for the younger generation, and for future generations, too.
Contact Posey by calling 330-240-1904 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and through his Facebook page. The Red Dust Mountain Boys will be at the Quaker Steak and Lube restaurant in Sharon, Pennsylvania on Sunday, March 17 as the featured band. Watch for Bluegrass Saturday Night in Leavittsburg on the first Saturday of the month, October through April. Watch for Ohio festivals at the Pioneer Bluegrass Festival June 21 and 22 in Pierpont and the Rogers Bluegrass Festival Labor Day weekend in Rogers.