Our very own Wade Smith and his band Bloomsbury will be performing at Raleigh Little Theater tomorrow, Friday, January 25 at 8:00 pm. Concert proceeds will benefit PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music-Dedicated to preserving, presenting, and promoting traditional music, dance, and other folk performing arts. Tickets will be available tomorrow; however if purchased today (via phone or online using code BLOOM) they are 50% off!
Here’s a bit more information on the band and the event:
Celebrating Our Roots: A Benefit Concert for PineCone featuring Bloomsbury
Some bands seem to embody the community from which they spring, and Bloomsbury is one such band for Raleigh. Raleigh has long been a hotbed for string band music. As host to one of the largest radio stations in the Southeast prior to World War II, Raleigh’s WPTF was a prominent stop on the country music radio circuit, attracting the likes of Charlie Poole’s Swingbillies, the Monroe Brothers, Delmore Brothers, Blue Sky Boys, J.E. Mainer’s Mountaineers, Johnny & Jack/The Tennessee Hillbillies (w/Kitty Wells & Chet Atkins), to name but a few. Raleigh’s history of high-quality acoustic roots music runs long and deep. And for more than 40 years, Raleigh’s own Bloomsbury has continued this long-standing tradition of music making. With tight vocal blends and a constant swapping of instruments, the group showcases the wide range of folk music prominent in the region, including blues, bluegrass, gospel, old-time fiddle & banjo tunes, and much more.
Bloomsbury is Wade Hargrove, Mel Williams, Wade Smith, John Crumpler, Ron Raxter, and Karen Linehan.