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23 String Band returning to bluegrass museum

September 1, 2014

By Keith Lawrence, Messenger-Inquirer, Owensboro, Ky.

Sept. 01--The 23 String Band, which kicked off the 2011 series of benefit concerts at the International Bluegrass Music Museum, returns to Owensboro on Sept. 26 to kick off the 2014-15 season.

Tickets, which cost $23, go on sale online and at the museum, 117 Daviess St., at noon on Sept. 5.

They'll be available by calling (270) 926-7891.

But Katie Keller, the museum's marketing director, expects them to go fast.

And she recommends that people order online at

"The 23 String Band has been one of the most popular bands at ROMP the three years they've been here," she said. "This year, they were the second most-requested band."

The benefit concerts at the museum are very intimate.

The theater in the museum seats "120 at the max," Keller said.

The doors open at 6:30 p.m.Sept. 26 and the show starts at 7 p.m.

The band, whose members include Owensboro native Dave Howard on mandolin, says it plays "fun, fuel-injected, original Americana that dangerously weaves across the lanes of modern acoustic music -- windows down, accelerator to the floor, on a joyride into the unknown with one eye on the vintage sounds in the rear-view mirror. It's a bluegrass attack fueled by high-octane rock-n-roll energy and triple-distilled oldtimey roots."

The concert series began in 2010 as a way to help raise money for the museum's operating costs.

It's now in its fifth year.

"We're shooting for at least one concert a month this fall and winter," Keller said.

The Nashville-based 10 String Symphony -- fiddle players Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer -- is scheduled to perform at the museum Oct. 9.

The duo also performed at ROMP in June.

Keith Lawrence, 691-7301,


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