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HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW FOLK AND BLUEGRASS PROGRAM: AMERICAN ROOTS SERIES featuring: Annie Stokes and Charm City Junction; Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons; Ten Strings And A Goatskin; Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen

August 3, 2017
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(MANASSAS)—The Hylton Performing Arts Center announced today the launch of a new program entitled American Roots Series, which is presented by F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical as part of the venue’s 2017-2018 season. The series will feature the best of bluegrass, folk, country, and blues in up-close and down-home concerts at the Gregory Family Theater. Series packages and individual tickets are currently on sale at HyltonCenter.org.

Featured in the inaugural American Roots Series are: Virginia native Annie Stokes and Baltimore’s Charm City Junction in a double-bill on October 6 at 8 p.m.; the Northwest roots and blues duo Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons on November 9 at 8 p.m.; the Canadian folk-fusion group Ten Strings And A Goatskin on February 17 at 8 p.m.; and Grammy®-nominated progressive bluegrass band Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen on April 20 at 8 p.m.

“The American Roots Series celebrates and explores a wide range of musical styles—all of which have a few things in common: feelings run deep, fingers move fast, and harmonies soar,” shared Rick Davis, Executive Director of the Hylton Performing Arts Center. “From established names to the stars of tomorrow, this series offers superb talent in a relaxed setting. I’m thrilled that we are able to bring such a terrific lineup to the Hylton Center.”

The American Roots Series originated from audience feedback and patrons’ consistent requests for performances by country and folk artists. With generous local support, the Hylton Center will offer this new series to meet the needs and wants of its immediate community. The concerts will take place in the Gregory Family Theater, a small flexible performance space that allows attendees a more intimate experience with their favorite artists. The venue also offers a more casual environment where audience members can eat and drink while enjoying the show. 

The schedule of American Roots Series performances is listed below. The Gregory Family Theater is located in the Hylton Center at 10960 George Mason Circle, Manassas, Virginia. Series packages and tickets to individual performances are on sale and available for purchase in person at the Hylton Center Ticket Office (open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.), by calling 888-945-2468, or through the Hylton Performing Arts Center website at HyltonCenter.org.

AMERICAN ROOTS SERIES AT THE HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER

Annie Stokes and Charm City Junction

Friday, October 6 at 8 p.m.
Gregory Family Theater

Images: Annie Stokes and Charm City Junction

Indie-folk musician Annie Stokes and Charm City Junction join forces for a combined evening of music, drinks, and food. Virginia native Annie Stokes brings her band and signature lilting voice, poetic lyrics, and fingerpicking guitar style to town in a concert that fuses city sounds and country soul with a rootsy and authentic feel. Baltimore’s Charm City Junction puts a new spin on old-timey music, carrying the torch of fast-picking bluegrass and toe-tapping Celtic music. Featuring fiddle, clawhammer banjo, button accordion, and upright bass, this quartet isn’t afraid to take roots music to new places—but always with an eye on tradition.

Presented by F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical

Additional sponsors: Anna and Randall Edwards, Miller Toyota of Manassas, United Bank, NOVEC

Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons

Thursday, November 9 at 8 p.m.
Gregory Family Theater

Images: Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons

This Northwest roots and blues music duo shares an undeniable musical kinship and sense of joy in their interpretation of American roots music. The duo’s self-proclaimed mission to “spread the glory and whimsy of traditional song” shines through in a concert of field hollers, fiddle and banjo breakdowns, and early jazz by two American songsters.

Presented by F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical

Additional sponsors: Anna and Randall Edwards, Miller Toyota of Manassas, United Bank, NOVEC

Ten Strings And A Goatskin

Saturday, February 17 at 8 p.m.
Gregory Family Theater

Images: Ten Strings And A Goatskin

Enjoy an evening of folk fusion in an intimate cabaret setting with this young acoustic power trio from Prince Edward Island. The musicians, who perform on violin, guitar, and percussion, transform tradition with vigor, curiosity, and sparks of goofy humor. This mesmerizing performance of traditional and original music is inspired by the musicians’ Atlantic Canadian histories and roots and infused with pop and world rhythms.

Presented by F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical

Additional sponsors: Anna and Randall Edwards, Miller Toyota of Manassas, United Bank, NOVEC

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen

Friday, April 20 at 8 p.m.

Gregory Family Theater

Images: Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen

Their progressive bluegrass sound has quickly turned this Grammy®-nominated band into industry pioneers through their exploration of new sounds and concepts rooted in tradition. Performing on the mandolin, banjo, guitar, bass, and vocals, the band combines its collective musical mastery with traditional bluegrass. With an IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Associations) Award and four nominations to their name, this “bluegrass/newgrass stew” of instrumental, vocal, and songwriting talent has inspired a massive shift in the bluegrass paradigm.

Presented by F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical

Additional sponsors: Anna and Randall Edwards, Miller Toyota of Manassas, United Bank, NOVEC

Individual tickets to American Roots Series performances are $25 in advance and $30 day of. A series package including all four performances is also available at $80 per person.

For information about the American Roots Series presenting sponsor, F.H. Furr Plumbing, Heating, Air Conditioning & Electrical, please visit fhfurr.com.

About the Hylton Performing Arts Center
Dedicated to bringing a world-class performing arts venue to the Prince William region, the Hylton Performing Arts Center was born out of a partnership among Prince William County, George Mason University, the City of Manassas, the Commonwealth of Virginia and individuals and businesses in the private sector. Soaring more than nine stories and boasting a stunning mix of copper, glass and masonry, the 85,000-square foot center is home to two unparalleled performance venues for local arts groups and performers from around the world, as well as university-related activities. Modeled after the intimate European opera houses of the 19th century, Merchant Hall is a 1,123-seat multipurpose proscenium theater, which is encircled by 27 private boxes that rise three levels. The Gregory Family Theater is a flexible, 4,400-square foot space that can be configured for many different types of performances and events. In addition, the Didlake Grand Foyer, with its sweeping staircase, provides an ideal setting for community, corporate and social events. The Hylton Performing Arts Center, the only building of its kind in the area, has quickly become the cultural hub of Prince William County and the surrounding communities and is a shining example of civic collaboration and commitment to the arts.

About George Mason University
George Mason University is Virginia’s largest public research university. Located near Washington, D.C., Mason enrolls 35,000 students from 130 countries and all 50 states. Mason has grown rapidly over the past half-century and is recognized for its innovation and entrepreneurship, remarkable diversity and commitment to accessibility.

 

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