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by Report submitted · July 10th, 2017


Bluegrass music is returning to Robins once again this year for the third annual South Troy Park Bluegrass Music Festival being held on Saturday, August 5, starting at 1 p.m. Three regional bands will provide six hours of continuous bluegrass music on an outdoor stage in the beautiful South Troy City Park. Delicious home-cooked food will again be available on site from noon to 7 p.m.

This year's band lineup includes The Castle Ridge Band from Tiffin, Iowa, performing bluegrass, country, and swing. The band features former Robins mayor Mark Clark on guitar, Joy Ward on fiddle, and Roger Anderson on upright bass.

Also performing on stage is The Briggs Family Band from New Virginia, Iowa, with Galen on guitar and Stephanie on upright bass along with their two talented young daughters, Kaitlyn on mandolin and Ashlyn on fiddle.

Rounding out the lineup again this year is the host band and event organizer Chuck Lahr & The Purdy River Band with members from Iowa and Minnesota. The band performs primarily original music written by Lahr, in the traditional and contemporary style of bluegrass, along with classic standards, instrumentals, and gospel. Chuck is a recent recipient of several awards at the 2017 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America's annual Midwest awards convention held in Jefferson City, MO in January of this year. He was awarded "Songwriter of the Year," "Male Vocalist of the Year," and "Entertainer in Bluegrass Music." The Purdy River Band was also nominated for "Bluegrass Band of the Year."

Chuck and his band released a full-length CD in 2014 entitled "Midnight Run" which was awarded the "2015 Vintage Bluegrass CD of the Year" by the Rural Roots Music Commission. The music has been described as "a smooth, easy, satisfying style, attractive not only to bluegrass music fans, but to anyone who has never heard bluegrass music before."

An added bonus for this year's festival will again feature special guest four-year old Gracie Belle Rider on stage performing her rendition of Bill Monroe's classic "Blue Moon of Kentucky." Gracie made her debut on stage at the age of three during last year's event.

South Troy Park Bluegrass Music Festival is a family-friendly event that loves an audience. So bring a lawn chair and a cooler, and sit back and enjoy an afternoon of great bluegrass music.

Admission: $10. Kids 14 and under free with an adult.
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