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2nd Annual Steve Sutton Memorial – Folkmoot Center
March 8, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
When Haywood County native and stellar banjo player Steve Sutton died unexpectedly in 2017, he left a legacy of great music and great mentoring.
His career had carried him to stages around the world, including a stint on the Grand Ole Opry, and he won many awards, including multiple Grammy nominations. At home, he was a member of the Whitewater Bluegrass Co. and was perhaps best known for his kindness in supporting aspiring musicians.
The Second Annual Steve Sutton Benefit Concert, to be held Sunday, March 8th at Queen Auditorium in the Folkmoot Center in Waynesville, is an opportunity for Sutton’s many friends to honor him and help raise money for the International Bluegrass Music Association Trust Fund, and for a scholarship in Sutton’s name for music students at Waynesville’s Tuscola High School.
More than a dozen musicians who were friends of Sutton will perform, beginning at 3:00 pm, and unique bluegrass memorabilia from Steve’s collection will be auctioned over the course of the event. After the concert, a storytelling gathering will take place to honor Sutton’s legacy, with supper offered for purchase. Guests are encouraged to share memories, photos, and stories about their times spent with Steve.
Set to perform are the Darren Nicholson Band, the Crowe Brothers, Mark Bumgarner, Marc Pruett, Hazel Creek, Bill Kaman, Mike Hunter, Malcolm Holcombe, and the Whitewater Bluegrass Co.
Folkmoot is a year-round cultural organization located in the historic Hazelwood School, 112 Virginia Avenue in Waynesville, NC. Performances are held in the Queen Auditorium and dinner, the auction and storytelling in the Cafeteria. Parking is available along Virginia Ave., in front of the building, and to the rear by circling the building.
Tickets to the performance are $35 in advance. Dinner is ticketed separately for $12 and begins at 6 p.m. More information is available at 828-452-2997.
The proceeds benefit Tuscola High School music students and the International Bluegrass Music Association Trust Fund.