After 20 years of attracting top bluegrass music entertainers and legions of loyal fans to Hardin County each September, organizers of the Vine Grove Bluegrass Music Festival are adding a new event at a different venue.
Festival organizers will stage a Dec. 9 show at the State Theater in Elizabethtown featuring Dailey & Vincent, who have been headliners in bluegrass circuits since Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent teamed up in 2007.
Jason Basham, president of the music festival, said the group is bringing its popular “All I Want For Christmas Is ... Y’all” tour to the State’s stage. It’s a limited tour of about 10 dates, Basham said, and the theater will be one of its smallest venues.
“It’s much more intimate than their usual convention center settings,” Basham said.
Dailey & Vincent, who are three-time winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award, also has found a broader audience through its weekly television program recently renewed for a fifth season by the music-centric Circle channel.
Dailey & Vincent have made multiple appearances at Vine Grove’s fall event. Basham, who acts as a booking agent for the festival, said the group’s familiarity with the festival organization convinced them to add E’town to its holiday calendar, which also features stops in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, Terre Haute, Indiana, and Cambridge, Ohio.
A special holiday album is being released in conjunction with the Christmas show, according to the band’s website. It features 16 cuts ranging from spiritual favorites “Mary Did You Know” and “Little Town of Bethlehem” to seasonal classics “Jingle Bells” and “Frosty the Snowman.”
Basham said tickets will be available exclusively through the State Theater box office and its website, thestate270.org.
Beth Pyles, operations manager at the theater, said sales will begin later this month. The four price levels are VIP, which applies to seats in the front three rows, are $79.50. Preferred seating sells for $67.50 each, reserved seating $57.50 and balcony tickets cost $37.50.
The show will serve as a fund-raising event for the annual festival, which has expanded this year to cover four days Sept. 22-25.
Headlining this year’s program at Optimist Park will be the Clinch Mountain Boys, founded by bluegrass pioneers Ralph and Carter Stanley. The group now is led by Ralph Stanley II and many of the band’s former members are expected for an anniversary celebration to close the festival Sept. 25.
In addition to the Gospel Night added to the festival lineup, this year’s performers include Justamere Bluegrass Band, The Friends Quartet, Sideline, Cotton Pickin’ Kids, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, the Appalachian Road Show and the Grammy-nominated Po’ Ramblin’ Boys.
The full schedule, which is subject to change, and festival ticket information can be found at vinegrovebluegrass.com.