As winter exits stage left and spring enters stage right, the Arts Council of South Wood County wraps up its 40th anniversary season with the final show on Friday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m.
Ending the season on a high note, the Grammy award-winning Del McCoury Band will provide the night’s entertainment at the Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids. Del McCoury, an American bluegrass musician and leader of the band, plays guitar and sings lead vocals. It’s a family affair as his two sons, Ronnie and Rob, are also members of the band, playing mandolin and banjo, respectively.
For more than 50 years, Del McCoury’s music has defined authenticity for hard-core bluegrass fans as well as a growing number of fans only vaguely familiar with the genre. McCoury is something special—a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honkytonks, schoolhouse shows, and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry.
He also maintains a commanding vital presence today, from prime time and late night talk show TV, to music festivals where audiences number in the hundreds of thousands. Yet, while reaching out to almost unimaginable audiences, the band’s music retains its signature characteristics.
The fifth decade of that music-making has been filled with new and ongoing triumphs. The Del McCoury Band has shown unprecedented stability, with but a single change in membership in 20 years.
The band has claimed nine IBMA Entertainer of the Year trophies. Its namesake earned membership in the cast of the legendary Grand Ole Opry in 2003; and the band earned its first Best Bluegrass Album Grammy award in 2005, followed by their second Grammy in 2014.
Check out a sampling of the type of music you’ll enjoy at the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nw0E3B6bC4M
Thank you to Quality Plus Printing for sponsoring the Del McCoury Band and for their continued support of the Arts Council.
Purchase your tickets at www.SavorTheArts.org; stop by the Arts Council, located at 1040 8th Street South, Suite 101, Wisconsin Rapids, 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; or call 715-424-2787.
Cost is $43.