Red, White and Bluegrass will be held on the BB&T Stage at Canal Place on Saturday, September 10, at 8 pm and will feature local band Grand Ole’ Ditch.
Grand Ole’ Ditch began as a home-brewed bluegrass band, deriving their name from an important piece of Western Maryland history: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. The Canal, nicknamed the Grand Old Ditch, carried coal from the Allegheny Mountains to the East Coast during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Bluegrass told the story of the people of this era, and was an essential part of their culture.
Grand Ole’ Ditch is now creating a presence of their own in the Mid-Atlantic bluegrass scene, bringing you the nickel-wound vibrations you’ve always longed for, emanating from the pigeon-holed boxes we have all come to know. The songwriting is inventive with caramelized harmonies. The banjo is dazzling. The dobro is silky. The bass gallops along to a freight train guitar, while the fiddle sizzles around a fiery mandolin, and the drummer boy marches them onward. From one era to another, it’s music to your ears.
Formed in Fall/Winter of 2012, Grand Ole’ Ditch has now filled their calendar with numerous shows including appearances with Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, The Hackensaw Boys, Cabinet, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, The Seldom Scene, The Steep Canyon Rangers, and many more. They have appeared at many of the region’s premier music festivals and venues, achieving several awards along the way.
The event is free of charge, but seating is limited, so don’t forget your folding lawn chair.
Cumberland Comes Alive is Western Maryland’s premier outdoor concert series. It is presented by Burgmeiers Hauling Inc. and is produced by the City of Cumberland’s Downtown Development Commission and Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority with a Maryland Heritage Area Grant.
For more information, contact Canal Place at 301-724-3655 or visit www.canalplace.org or visit www.grandoleditch.com