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LINCOLNTON – There’s going to be a “Bluegrass Bash” in downtown Lincolnton this Saturday. Not one, not two, but four Bluegrass bands all under one air-conditioned roof. The Lincoln Cultural Center customarily stages Bluegrass bands, such as “Deeper Shade of Blue,” throughout year, but Cathy Davis, the director of the Lincoln Cultural Center and Scott Burgess, manager of “Deeper Shade of Blue” started talking last year about having a group of bands on one day in a festival-type atmosphere. It came to fruition. 

The event will be held at the James W. Warren Citizens Center and the music begins at 4 p.m. with “Ages Past,” followed by “Colin Ray & the Burnett Sisters” at 5 p.m. Wood Family Tradition will perform at 6:30 p.m. followed by “Deeper Shade of Blue” at 7:30 p.m. There’s more than music, doors open at 2 p.m. and ticket holders will receive an arm band so they can come and go as they please. There will be heritage arts, food trucks, and other concessions. Tickets are only $20 for the entire event.

“Cathy Davis said that she’d like to expand and instead of having just one band, have multiple bands on one day and make it more of an event rather than one concert,” Burgess said. “I told her I’d help her any way I could. We were fortunate enough to get Wood Family Tradition which is one of the groups that’s played in Lincolnton before as well as Colin Ray with the Burnett Sisters. Ages Past is based out of the Cleveland County area. They’re a really good band. They’ve been on hiatus for a while and are starting back up.”

Over the years, Davis has staged Bluegrass concerts at the Cultural Center in memory of her father, Donald “Papa” Goodson who loved music and in particular bluegrass. He also loved the Lincoln Cultural Center and attended just about every event that was held there. Lifelong Lincolnton resident Burgess was friends with Goodson and when Goodson passed away on April 13, 2015, he sang at his funeral. 

“We’ve presented bluegrass music at the Lincoln Cultural Center consistently over the years and there is definitely a fan base here in Lincolnton and the surrounding area,” Davis said. “These four bands are phenomenal and to have the opportunity to hear all of them for just $20 is an incredible deal. Of course, we hope to have a big crowd, but we also hope to have this first show lead us to making the future of this event bigger and better.”

Colin Ray lives in Lincolnton and teaches Spanish at Lincoln Charter School. He met Kathleen Burnett while attending East Tennessee State University and they’ve since married. The group won the band competition at Merlefest this year which will allow them to play one of the main stages next year.

“I’m looking forward to it,” Burgess said. “What’s really appealing to me is that it’s in mid-August and it’s inside. A lot of Bluegrass festivals are outside and in the heat of the summer, it’s not always a pleasant thing to sit out in the heat. It’ll be a good time.”

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