Bluegrass Returns to Turfway Park
FLORENCE, Ky. (Feb. 13, 2014) – Hot pickin’ returns to Northern Kentucky this month and next when Turfway Park again will host bluegrass concerts presented by Cincinnati’s WOBO-FM.
First up is The Special Consensus at 7 p.m. on Sat., Feb. 22. The Special Consensus was formed in the Chicago area in 1975 and performs traditional bluegrass standards, original tunes, and music from other genres played bluegrass style. The band has released 16 recordings, including 2012’s Grammy-nominated Scratch Gravel Road. The Special Consensus has appeared on The Nashville Network and The Grand Ole Opry, among other venues, and has toured internationally. Band leader Greg Cahill is a past president and board chair of the International Bluegrass Music Association and was recognized by that organization with the Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011.
Marty Raybon and Full Circle will perform at 7 p.m. on Fri., March 7. Across four decades, Raybon’s career has spanned country and Southern gospel as well as bluegrass. As co-founder and lead singer of the acclaimed country group Shenandoah for 13 years, Raybon’s work has been recognized by awards from the Country Music Association, International Bluegrass Music Association, the Academy of Country Music, and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, home of the Grammy awards. Twice Grammy-nominated, Shenandoah won the award for Best Country Collaboration with Vocals in 1996 for “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” with Alison Krauss, also that year’s Country Music Association winner for Vocal Event of the Year. Just before leaving Shenandoah in 1997, Raybon and his brother Tim teamed up as The Raybon Brothers and enjoyed crossover success with the hit single “Butterfly Kisses.” Raybon’s latest project with his band Full Circle is Back Forty, released last summer.
Tickets for each concert are $20 in advance or $25 the day of the show; all are general admission. Parking is free. Tickets are available at www.turfway.com or by calling (859) 992-5775.
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.