First, it was about a small community of friends and neighbors in
"Our main thing is about giving back to that community," Goss said Saturday morning, while getting things ready for the show. "You come to these shows and you see 1,500 friends, all having a good time."
Saturday's show started off as just a anniversary event for the
"Once we added the word 'community' things kind of went nuts," Goss said. "In a good way, though."
While setting up for the show on Saturday morning, Goss joked that he expected somewhere between 200 and 2,000 people to show up. But really,
"We play for literally dozens of people," said bassist
"All at the same time," Goss added.
More than just dozens showed up Saturday night at
"I see faces here that I see everywhere," Mann said. "It's a very dedicated community."
One who doesn't mind driving a couple hours to hear some bluegrass, Ron Neeton, a school teacher from
"We like to go to as many bluegrass festivals as we can," Neeton said. "We just like hearing good music."
Part of what makes bluegrass concerts so special, Goss said, is the blurred line between the audience and the performers. A staple of bluegrass shows, he said, is inviting anyone who wants to play to bring their guitar or banjo and jam.
"We expect as many pickers as we do listeners," Goss said. "We encourage it."
But Saturday's show wasn't just for hardcore bluegrass fans, Goss said, and he hoped casual listeners would get a chance to experience music most might not appreciate.
"A lot of folks think bluegrass is just the 'Beverly Hillbillies,' but it's a lot more than that," Smitherman said, alluding to the old TV show's famous theme song.
"It's a lot more complex than that," said
Authentic was a word
"I love the instruments," Weldon said. "The guitar, the banjo, all of it. I just love the sound of good music."
No matter what words they use to describe it, bluegrass fans just don't understand why anyone wouldn't want to hear a couple hours' worth of picking.
"There was an old lady at one of the first shows I ever went to who said, 'how can you not like this?'" Mann said with a laugh. "I mean, this is great."
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