Notes And Reminders

Starting February 2018 we changed our format in an effort to get more local musicians too participate. Starting February, 10th we are changing our sets from four 45 minute sets to two 90 minute sets During the first 90 minutes if you play any bluegrass instrument or sing and you want to go on stage and have the house band back you up then you will be able to signup as you come in. You will need to give your name the name of the songs you want to sing and the instrument you will be playing. the house band will do two or three of their own songs and then we will invite someone up to do a couple and so on. You will be called up in the order you sign up when you come in. We have lots of musicians in our organization that never get the chance to go on stage and play because they don't have a band. This will fix that! I encourage everyone that sings and or plays any bluegrass instrument to come and be with us each month and participate in this part of the show.











 RBS Mission

In 1996 when RBS became  a 501 c3 non- profit organization we did not charge any admission, but at the same time RBS did not pay bands to play. Jamming was a very large part of the concert each month. To be honest in the beginning jamming is what started the whole thing. I remember going to RBS  and Lynches River and as soon as you got out of your car even before you open the door to the building you could hear bluegrass ringing everywhere. You couldn't go anywhere in or around the building where there wasn't a group of musicians jamming. McRoy Gardner would go around to the different groups and they would form a band right out of the jam where they would go on stage and perform a set. The problem with that was, to keep a place that would accommodate the jammers, to have it's own sound system, and have a stage where the forming bands could hone their skills on stage, to an audience, in a professional setting, mint we had to have money. So when RBS was established as a 501 c3 organization and could start charging admission everyone paid their part to get everything started. Over the years we have lost that every large part of our concerts. I think we need to do everything we can to bring that back to our concerts. I think we need to encourage our young musicians by letting them perform on stage. I will give one group of musicians each month formed from the jam session, time on stage for three songs. This time will be after the second set before intermission and is to encourage new and young musicians to hone their skills in bluegrass music.  I also think we need to teach those young people that want to learn how to play by setting up work shops or even asking our musicians to do one on one coaching. If you know anyone that wants to learn please let one of the board members know at one of our concerts. We will make every effort to see that they get the coaching they want or need.

Please pass the word to all musicians and young people wanting to learn.

Mickey Sellers