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The Seldom Scene Returns to Court Square Theater Aug. 16

court square theatreArts Council of the Valley welcomes the Grammy-nominated ​The Seldom Scene to its Court Square Theater stage Friday, Aug. 16.

Described as Americana and bluegrass, ​The Seldom Scene ​ formed in 1971 after one too many informal jam sessions in founding member Ben Eldridge’s basement. The band soon became local favorites and quickly developed a national following for their merging of bluegrass with music from outside the genre, including folk and rock ‘n roll.

Although Eldridge retired in 2016 after nearly 45 years with the group, The Seldom Scene has remained strong with the addition of Rickie Simpkins, who plays banjo and fiddle. In addition to Simpkins, the band’s lineup includes Dudley Connell on guitar and lead vocals, Fred Travers on dobro, Ronnie Simpkins on bass, and Lou Reid on mandolin.

The Seldom Scene is slated to perform at the Arts Council of the Valley’s Court Square Theater Friday, Aug. 16. Doors open at 7 pm with the performance beginning at 8 pm. Tickets are $27 in advance and $30 at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit or call 540.433.9189.

Court Square Theater Music Series 2019 Lead Sponsor is James McHone Jewelry, with additional support from Series Sponsor VMRC.

Arts Council of the Valley’s Court Square Theater is located at 41-F Court Square in Downtown Harrisonburg

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