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Bluegrass show Saturday in Eldon

Apr 24, 2018

ELDON — “A Bluegrass Night at the Opera” will be 7 p.m. Saturday at the McHaffey Opera House.

Banjoy, The Bluegrass Herons and Straightback Chair will perform.

Banjo, from Hickletown, is headlining the show. Bob Black, who played with Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music, plays banjo with the band. Backing up Black are his wife Kristie on guitar, Paul Roberts on bass and Mark Wilson on lead guitar. Banjoy’s repertoire includes classic bluegrass and gospel, as well as original songs and lively instrumentals. Black’s playing and singing can be heard on more than 40 albums dating back 40 years.

The Herons call Sharon Center home. Paul and Julie Roberts and Roberts’s cousin Janet and her husband Mark Wilson started playing and singing together in 1991. Singing bluegrass, gospel and old-time tunes in close harmony, The Herons have appeared in several productions at the Old Creamery Theatre and the Iowa Theatre Artists Company as well as bluegrass festivals around the Midwest.

Straightback Chair got together after discovering they all liked playing bluegrass and that playing together was much more fun than just picking alone. Together they perform some fine fiddle and banjo tunes as well as “songs they like.” The band includes: Stephen Hanson, Ursula Williams, Phil Thomas and John Raab, who are in real life: a business consultant, a retired special education teacher, a retired horticulturalist and a Methodist preacher, who hail from Eastern Iowa.

Tickets are $15.

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