Buy your tickets now for the Newtown Bluegrass Festival, being held this year on Sunday, May 1 at the historic Newtown (Pa.) Theater. Two concerts will be held that day – one at 2:30 p.m. and the other at 7:30 p.m.
Performing at both concerts will be two great bluegrass bands, Straight Drive and the James King Band. Festival tickets are $30 and can be purchased at www.newtownbluegrass.com. Tickets are also available at Isaac Newton’s restaurant in Newtown and the Bucks County Folk Music Shop in New Britain.
The James King Band sings straight from the heart with a weary note that says “I’ve been there.” Like every great country singer from Jimmie Rodgers on down, he believes what he sings and that makes all the difference. King’s soulful voice balances the emotional gut-wrenching mountain blues of old-time music and the smoother drive of early bluegrass.
Straight Drive’s name comes from the type of music the band plays – straight bluegrass with plenty of drive. In a time where much of bluegrass music has veered toward the more commercial sounds of “Music Row,” Straight Drive has kept its identity firmly grounded in the grit and intensity of the classic, first-generation performers of bluegrass music. Striking original material in combination with fresh arrangements of older songs ensures that Straight Drive has an appeal and relevance that speaks to the heart of anyone who appreciates the balance between tradition and innovation.
New to the festival this year is a special Bluegrass Party Jam at Isaac Newton’s restaurant. The event will take place from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. and from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Located just blocks from the Newtown Theater, the party will include live bluegrass music, a special barbecue menu, drink specials, and the company of fellow bluegrass music lovers. No tickets are required for this event.
The Newtown Bluegrass Festival is presented by and benefits Pickering Manor, Newtown’s premier senior-living facility.