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Turfway Park to Host Bluegrass Extravaganza

Thursday, July 18, 2013 12:00 AM
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Rising Stars and Legends Headline Four Concerts

FLORENCE, Ky. (July 18, 2013) – America's original roots music comes to Turfway Park on four Saturdays this summer and fall, as the racetrack hosts some of bluegrass music's most storied performers at the WOBO Bluegrass Extravaganza.

The concerts, scheduled for July 27, Aug. 17, Sept. 20, and Oct. 4, are presented by Greater Cincinnati radio station WOBO-FM.

The Aug. 17 concert by Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys features three-time Grammy Award winner and bluegrass icon Dr. Ralph Stanley, whose career spans six decades. The Clinch Mountain Boys, which Stanley established with his brother Carter in the 1940s, has launched some of the biggest stars of country and bluegrass music, including Ricky Skaggs, Larry Sparks, and the late Keith Whitley. Now 86 years old, Ralph Stanley will this fall commence an 80-show farewell tour, the Man of Constant Sorrow: the Dr.'s Farewell.

Stanley personifies the legendary mountain music that essentially co-starred in the 2000 hit movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? He won the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for his rendition of the song "Oh Death" for the movie, which also included his and Carter's original 1955 recording of "Angel Band." The soundtrack, which sold 7.8 million copies and was certified platinum eight times, also earned Stanley a share of the 2001 Grammy for Album of the Year. The following year Stanley won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for Lost in the Lonesome Pines.

A member of the celebrated Grand Old Opry, Stanley has been named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress, was given the National Heritage Award by President Ronald Reagan and the National Medal of Arts by President George W. Bush, and in 1992 was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

Mandolin virtuoso Bobby Osborne and his Rocky Top X-press headline the Sept. 20 concert. Osborne is twice a member of the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame, inducted in 1994 as a member of the Osborne brothers and again in 2009 with the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers. Osborne and his brother, Sonny, were nominated as the Country Music Association's Vocal Group of the Year six times and won the award in 1971. Osborne is a member of Nashville's Grand Old Opry, and his version of "Rocky Top" is the state song of Tennessee.

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver take the stage Oct. 4. The group has recorded nearly 40 albums and garnered numerous nominations for Grammy and Dove awards as well as multiple nominations and awards from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, the International Bluegrass Music Association, and Inspirational Country Music Association. Lawson, who was inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame in 2012, tours nationally and internationally with his band.

The Bluegrass Extravaganza kicks off July 27 with Glenn Street and the Street Boys, Nightflyer, and The Bluegrass Mafia. The southwestern Ohio band Nightflyer, whose members all have toured nationally, plays a mix of contemporary and traditional bluegrass behind lead singer and guitarist Richard Propps. Based in Cincinnati and led by Shellie Moore, The Bluegrass Mafia is the quintessential family band whose touring grew out of years of playing together for their own entertainment. The country-rock show band Glenn Street and the Street Boys, prominent in the Cincinnati and Dayton areas, completes the night's entertainment.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 17 for Nathan Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys and at 6:30 p.m. on July 27, Sept. 20, and Oct. 4. An opening act will set the stage from 7:00 to 7:30 p.m. except on July 27.

Tickets for the July 27 concert are $10. Tickets for the remaining three dates are $20 in advance for each concert, or $25 for each at the door. All tickets are general admission and available online or by calling WOBO at (859) 992-5775. Parking is free. Concerts are on Turfway's fourth floor but may be moved outdoors. Turfway is located at 7500 Turfway Road, I-75 at Exit 182, in Florence, Ky.

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Contact Gary Strong, WOBO, (859) 992-5775 or Sherry Pinson, Turfway, (859) 630-2371.

About WOBO-FM
For more than 30 years, WOBO (FM 88.7) has been known as "the station with something for everyone." WOBO is Cincinnati's unique home for an eclectic mix of bluegrass, country, gospel, rock and roll, big band, jazz, international, classical, and blues music. The station broadcasts from Batavia, Ohio, and reaches audiences north to Dayton, Ohio, and south to Williamstown, Ky. All of WOBO's broadcasters, trustees, and officers are volunteers. The station is entirely funded by listener support, spring and fall fund drives, concerts produced by the station, and underwriting by local businesses. As a listener supported public radio station, WOBO receives no funding from any local, state, or federal agency.

About Turfway Park
Part of Kentucky's year round Thoroughbred racing circuit, Turfway Park presents live racing from December through March. Opened in 1959 as Latonia Race Course, the track was renamed Turfway Park in 1986 and has been owned since 1999 by a partnership that currently includes Caesars Entertainment, Rock Gaming, and Keeneland Association. Known for innovation, Turfway Park introduced night racing to Kentucky, was the first Kentucky track to offer simulcast and intertrack wagering, and in 2005 pioneered the use of an all-weather surface for racing. Turfway Park is home to the $550,000 Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati Spiral Stakes (G3), a designated prep race for the Kentucky Derby.

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