JAMESTOWN - Fifty-plus years of music history will be on display when Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs takes the Reg Lenna Civic Center stage this fall. Joined by longtime bandmates, Kentucky Thunder, Skaggs will perform one night only, Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. The show is open to the public.
As a 5 year old, Kentucky-born Ricky Skaggs picked up his first mandolin. He was soon playing to audiences in his community, and within a year, performed for his idol, Bill Monroe. By age 7, Skaggs had made his Grand Ole Opry debut and performed with bluegrass legends Flatt & Scruggs on their popular syndicated television show, for which he earned his first paycheck for a musical performance.
Throughout the 1970s, Skaggs performed with Ralph Stanley, J.D. Crowe and the New South and Emmylou Harris' Hot Band. In 1981, he struck out on his own and has continued with an award-winning stretch of albums, tours and other accolades. Among his honors are Youngest (at the time) Member of the Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Entertainer Of The Year and 12 consecutive Grammy nominations from his own record label.
Ricky Skaggs will perform Oct. 13 in Jamestown.
Skaggs' music, while based in the bluegrass tradition, has transcended genres over the years. His technical prowess has led to collaborations with jam band, Phish, singer-songwriter Bruce Hornsby and The Raconteurs, featuring alternative rock musician, Jack White.
This concert will have wide appeal in the area, considering Chautauqua County's rich history of bluegrass and folk, acoustic instrument-making and support of live, original music performances.
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder are the first headliners of the 2012-2013 Reg Lenna Civic Center season. New live performances, the Movie Series and other events will be announced soon. The Arts Council For Chautauqua Youth Series has also been announced.
Ticket prices are $25, $35 and $45 and go on sale Aug. 21.
This performance is made possible by support from Southern Tier Brewing Company and Dykeman-Young, Inc.
The Reg Lenna Civic Center is located at 116 E. Third St. in Jamestown. Street parking is free and available for several blocks near the venue. A parking ramp is also located directly across Third Street from the Reg Lenna Civic Center.
For tickets and more information, visit www.reglenna.com or call 484-7070.