Jeff Morgan, Jeff.Morgan@iowa.gov, (515)
(DES MOINES) –
Bluegrass music and food will take center stage at the Western Historical Trails
Center’s annual “Creative Gathering” Feb. 16-18.
The Creative Gathering includes
a “Jam ‘n’ Bread” February 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. The weekly
event allows the public to join an open musical “jam” while enjoying
tasty homemade bread. For people who are not able to participate in the “Jam
‘n’ Bread,” they are invited to an evening musical jam session
on February 17 from 7 to 9 p.m.. Light snacks and drinks will be served. Both
events are free and open to the public.
On February 18, renowned fiddler
Dwight “Red” Lamb of Onawa will talk about old-time fiddling from
1:30 to 3 p.m.. Lamb has played the fiddle for nearly 60 years and comes from
several generations of fiddlers, including his father and grandfather. He was
a featured performer in the Smithsonian’s 1996 festival of American Folklife
and the Sesquicentennial Festival of Iowa Folklife.
At 3 p.m., nationally-renowned
bluegrass banjo player Bob Black will talk about his years playing bluegrass and
his new book, Come Hither To Go Yonder, Playing Bluegrass with Bill Monroe.
Black, of North English, began playing banjo at 15. He moved to Iowa City in the
1970s to play in The Bluegrass Union, a band that also included fiddler Alan Murphy.
From there he went straight to Nashville and played with the legendary Bill Monroe
and the Bluegrass Boys from 1974-1976.
At 6 p.m., a dinner of biscuits
and gravy will be served. The evening will conclude with a concert by Bob Black
and his band, Banjoy, at 7:30 p.m.
Each event on February 18 is $5
with an additional $10 for the concert. A $15 all-event ticket is available if
purchased before 1:30 p.m. on Saturday Feb. 18. WHTC is at 3434 Richard Downing
Avenue, off of 24th Street south of Interstate 80 in Council Bluffs. More information
is available at 712-366-4900.
Creative Gathering is sponsored
by Grease Monkey, Heartland Inn, Ligett Music and Bill Petersen.
The Western Historic Trails Center
is operated by the State Historical Society of Iowa, a trustee of Iowa’s
historical legacy and an advocate for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies,
records, collects, preserves, manages and provides access to Iowa’s historical
resources. Its dual mission of preservation and education serves Iowans of all
ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates information, and encourages
and supports historical preservation and education efforts of others throughout
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