Oct 15, 2013
08:56 AMArts & Entertainment
Bluegrass Queen Rhonda Vincent Coming to Hamden Oct. 26
Over the past five years, concert producer Chris Wuerth of Hamden has brought some of the biggest names in bluegrass to Connecticut for his popular GuitarTownCT Productions series. He took a chance on his first show at the Lincoln Theatre in New Haven in 2008, but when it sold out, he knew he was on to something. He moved the concerts to Hamden’s Unitarian Society Hall, and began attracting a steady stream of high-octane groups.
“Musicians like to play here,” he says. “We’ve had some of the very best bands from Nashville, like Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien and Del McCoury.” This month, Wuerth marks his 40th concert with bluegrass royalty—Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, performing Oct. 26
The band, one of the most celebrated in bluegrass, has been honored with dozens of awards, and Vincent’s won the International Bluegrass Music Association Vocalist of the Year award seven times. She was born into a musical family and began performing at just 3. Inspired by bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe, her energetic music is a wide-ranging mix of classic and contemporary sounds.
Vincent is also the spokesperson for Martha White baking mix. Bluegrass legends Flatt and Scruggs performed the company’s theme song in the 1950s and it became a hit, and now Vincent sings it. The Bluegrass Express (her tour bus covered in images of Martha White products) pulls into Hamden on Oct. 26. See the GuitarTownCT website for more information and tickets.Bluegrass Queen Rhonda Vincent Coming to Hamden Oct. 26