A Bluegrass Night at the Opera
- 7 p.m. to 10p.m. -
- All Ages
“A Bluegrass Night at the Opera” is returning to the Coggon Opera House, 209 East Main St., Coggon on March 24th. Time is 7 pm and tickets are $15. Two years ago a lively crowd welcomed the show and it is coming again to offer a variety of old fashioned bluegrass and acoustic music.
Banjoy from Hinkletown, IA. (You won’t find it on a map, but it’s there!) is headlining the show Bob Black, who played with Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music, plays wicked banjo with the band. Backing up Bob 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. Everybody sings and together they perform great music that is easy to listen to and will have you tapping your toes! Their harmony singing and top notch instrumental talents are known and respected throughout the Midwest. Black’s playing and singing can be heard on over 40 albums dating back 40 years - as Greg Brown says, “Bob’s banjo music is a dipperful of cold well water at the end of a long, hot dusty day.”
Joining Banjoy are The Great Bluegrass Herons and Straightback Chair. The Herons call Sharon Center, IA., home. Paul and Julie Roberts and Roberts’ cousin, Janet, and her husband, Mark Wilson started playing and singing together in 1991. Singing bluegrass, gospel and old-time tunes in lovely 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 small towns in Eastern Iowa.