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The Church Sisters, Sierra Hull, The HillBenders

September 14, 2017

Bluegrass Performers Pine Their Way onto The Grunin Center Stage

Featuring The Church Sisters, Sierra Hull, and The HillBenders

The Church Sisters lead off a selection of bluegrass performers, at the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts at Ocean County College. Upcoming acts feature The Church Sisters, Sierra Hull, and The HillBenders. Performances take place on the Main Stage, Grunin Center, OCC Main Campus, College Drive, Toms River, NJ. Please use Parking Lot #2. Tickets are on sale now.

The Church Sisters – Thursday, November 2, 7:30 p.m., Main Stage, $20. Sponsored by the MidAtlantic Arts Foundation. Originally, from the coal mining district of Dickinson County, VA, and then Danville, VA, The Church Sisters’ mesmerizing music chronicles their childhood with a haunting sound and bluegrass twist. Their roots extend through bluegrass and gospel, performing alongside legendary acts from a young age. The duo is featured on the album Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, which was co-produced by Grammy® Award-winner and mentor, Carl Jackson. The Church Sisters delivered with “Where We’ll Never Grow Old,” one of the tracks on the two-disc project that also features legendary artists Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, and Dolly Parton. The duo recently released a moving cover of Lukas Graham’s megahit “7 Years.” The song continues to see airplay on SiriusXM and comes to life in the girls’ first music video.

Purchase Tickets online, call 732-255-0500, or visit the Box Office, Monday to Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Prices, dates, times, performers, and shows are subject to change.

Upcoming Bluegrass Performances at the Grunin Center

Sierra Hull – Saturday, February 3, 8:00 p.m., Main Stage, $25. Sierra Hull has been recognized from age 11 as a virtuoso mandolin-player, astonishing audiences and fellow-musicians alike. Her album Weighted Mind is a landmark achievement, not just in Hull’s career, but also in the world of folk-pop, bluegrass, and acoustic music overall. With instrumentation comprised largely of mandolin, bass, and vocals, this is genre-transcending music at its best. Hull speaks eloquently, in her challenging and sensitive originals, her heartfelt vocals, and once again breaks new ground on the mandolin. The country and bluegrass album earned Hull a 2016 Grammy Award® nomination for “Best Folk Album.”

The HillBenders present The Who’s TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry – Friday, April 13, 8:00 p.m., Main Stage, $35. Dinner Add On Available: $25 Dinner in the Grunin Center Gallery from Prime 13. “Ever since I was a young boy I played the silver ball.”  Maybe not your standard bluegrass lyric, but a line known by all the world from the biggest rock opera of all time, The Who’s Tommy. Forty-five years after its original release, this classic of classic rock is now fully realized as a full-length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri’s The HillBenders. Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy, while paying total respect to its creators. This live performance is a full 75-minute show covering the original album from start to finish with audience participation.