The Jewish Mother in Virginia Beach has announced a pair of unusually high-profile shows. Trail-blazing funk freakazoid Bootsy Collins will play there Nov. 1. Virginia's own bluegrass pioneer Ralph Stanley will bring his Clinch Mountain Boys to the club Dec. 6.
Ticket to the Bootsy show, $35 advance, go on sale 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 23 through the Inticketing service.
Tickets to the Ralph Stanley and His Clinch Mountain Boys concert, $32 advance, go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, also through Inticketing.
Bootsy Collins was just at Hampton Coliseum in February of this year, but it's been longer since Ralph Stanley has played this corner of Virginia. A look back at the Daily Press archives shows that he was last on the Peninsula as part of a Crooked Road Project festival at the College of William and Mary in June of 2007.
Stanley is 86 years old, so if you love old-time mountain music and you haven't heard him sing and play banjo, there's no time like the present. His current live itinerary -- which starts Oct. 16 and is intended to run through December 2014 -- is being described as his farewell tour.
A news release found on Stanley's own website gave the a thumbnail portrait of a long and fruitful life of music making.
"Over his historic career, Dr. Stanley has won virtually every honor America has to bestow on its master musicians. He has three Grammy awards, one as best male country vocalist, a category in which he competed with Tim McGraw, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash and Lyle Lovett. His was the distinctive sound behind the seven-million-selling 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' soundtrack album. He was the first performer to be inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in the 21st Century. Dr. Stanley is a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and a recipient of the National Medal of Arts."For more on Bootsy Collins, see my story from back in February. It outlines his musical and charitable activities from recent years.