Emerging from humble beginnings in York County, PA nearly eighty years ago, Del McCoury was not the likeliest of candidates for legendary status. As a teen, he was captivated by the banjo playing of one of its masters, Earl Scruggs, and decided he’d be a banjo picker, too. His big break came in early 1963 when he joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys. Considered the Father of Bluegrass, Monroe transformed McCoury, moving him from the banjo to guitar, anointing him lead singer, and providing him with a priceless trove of bluegrass tutelage direct from the source.
Now helming the Del McCoury Band, with sons Ronnie and Rob, the ensemble did and continues to represent in a larger, growing musical community a peerless torchbearer for the entire sweep and scope of bluegrass history. Those many years, not to mention a good-natured willingness to stay alert to the latest sounds and opportunities around him, earned McCoury a whole new generation of fans.
“We don’t have a setlist,” says McCoury. “We try and work in the new songs, but a lot of times it’s just requests from the audience. It’s more interesting for the band, for me, and for the audience because nobody knows what’s coming next.”
The band continues to tour internationally, as McCoury is now recognized as an American treasure.
Gold Circle tickets are $45, and reserved seats are $35. The show begins at 8 p.m., with doors opening at 7 p.m.