Since its inception in the autumn of 2000, the Waskasoo Bluegrass Music Society has presented 48 concerts featuring around 60 different groups and performers, and I’m both proud and honoured to say that I had attended and helped organize every single one of those shows. That streak is now over as my trip to Chicago- which I couldn’t turn down- coincided with The Special Consensus’s appearance in Red Deer last month. Still, a pretty good record and I get to start it all over again on May 1 when we bring The Lost & Found to Red Deer’s Elks Lodge.
Performing since 1973, The Lost & Found have made rare Alberta appearances and this will be the first time they’ve visited our fair city. Pasted below is the release we’ll be sending out to members this month as a reminder; if you’re in the area, make a point of visiting with us. It should be a wonderful bluegrass show, and a marvelous way to mark our 49th concert.
The Waskasoo Bluegrass Music Society is excited to present The Lost & Found May 1. The Lost & Found have been a performing unit for almost 40 years, always led by a true southern gentleman, Allen Mills. One of the most highly-talented and respected bands touring, The Lost & Found are well-known for their terrific instrumental and vocal skills. This concert presentation will mark the first time the Virginia-based The Lost & Found have appeared in Red Deer.
The band’s current formation is as strong as ever with Allen Mills remaining on bass, Scottie Sparks on guitar, Ronald Smith on banjo and newest member Scott Napier (formerly with Larry Sparks and Dale Ann Bradley) on mandolin, replacing the legendary Dempsey Young who passed away December 10, 2006. The band’s most recent recordings, It’s About Time and 2009’s Love, Lost and Found stand with the classic albums the band has recorded. With no shortage of material or inspiration, a concert with The Lost & Found is sure to be an enjoyable experience.
The Waskasoo Bluegrass Music Society presents The Lost & Found in concert at the Elks Lodge (6315 Horn Street, Red Deer) on May 1 at 7:00 with doors opening at 6:30. All who love acoustic music performed to the highest level are invited to experience this outstanding quartet. With this concert from the long-running Lost & Found, the Waskasoo Bluegrass concludes their 11th season of presenting the finest bluegrass talent.
Concert tickets are only $25. Children under 16 admitted free to the concert when accompanied by an adult, and tickets are available at all the usual Waskasoo Bluegrass outlets: Red Deer Book Exchange, Parkland Mall service desk, 53rd Street Music and the Key Hole; in Innisfail, Jackson’s Pharmasave; in Lacombe, Popow’s Auto Body; and in Olds from Ed at (403) 556-2616. For additional ticket information, please call Gale at (403) 347- 1363.
Additionally, Lost & Found information may be accessed at http://www.lostandfoundbluegrass.com/ and in the Spring edition of That High Lonesome Sound, the newsletter of the Waskasoo Bluegrass Music Society: http://www.waskasoobluegrass.com/nl/waskasoo_spr11.pdf
This is the fifth concert of the eleventh bluegrass concert season presented by the WBMS. We’ll do it again beginning next fall.