Country Current to perform in La Platas Fine Arts Center
The College of Southern Maryland will host the United States Navy Band Country Current at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 23 at the Fine Arts Center on the La Plata Campus, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata.
According to the United States Navy Band website, Country Current is the Navys premiere country-bluegrass ensemble. Country Current is famous for its virtuosity and the fact that all of its performers are multi-instrumentalists, said CSMs Coordinator of Music Stephen Johnson. Its upcoming performance of country-western and cutting edge bluegrass should offer something a little different for those accustomed to the typical military band fare.
The ensemble employs musicians from diverse backgrounds with extensive high-profile recording and touring experience in the music scenes of places such as Nashville, Tenn., New York and New Orleans. The musicians utilize banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle, electric bass, upright bass, dobro, pedal steel guitar and drum kit.
Country Current has shared the stage with music luminaries Rhonda Vincent, Dailey and Vincent, Mountain Heart, Little Roy Lewis, Third Time Out, The Lonesome River Band, Josh Williams, The Seldom Scene, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Ned Luberecki, Chris Jones and many others. The ensemble often performs at bluegrass festivals such as Darrington, Windgap, Gettysburg, Lake Havasu and Grass Valley. In 2011, Country Current became the first military band to perform at the South by Southwest music festival in Austin, Texas.
Country Current performs regularly for the president, vice-president, the secretary of the Navy, the chief of naval operations, the chairman and vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the master chief petty officer of the Navy and numerous other dignitaries. Reaching out to communities both locally and nationally, they regularly perform for veterans, elementary schools, in support of active-duty sailors and on college campuses such as CSM.
CSM Presents United States Navy Band Country Current. 7:30 p.m., Nov. 23, College of Southern Maryland, Fine Arts Center, 8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata. Country Current is the Navys premiere country-bluegrass ensemble. Admission is free, reservations are encouraged. For information, contact the Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-934-7828. www.csmd.edu/Arts.