Norm Easterbrook, Executive Director for RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, has a history of hosting the country's most prestigious military bands at venues he's directed in the past. Columbus has been no exception to the rule, with Easterbrook bringing at least one military ensemble here every season. This weekend, the trend will continue with a free performance of the U.S. Navy Band Country Current.
About the Band
Country Current is the Navy's premier country and bluegrass ensemble. The group is nationally renowned and popular for its wide variety of music. Listeners can expect to hear everything from contemporary country music to traditional bluegrass.
Each of the seven members of the ensemble plays than one instrument, making their concerts a prime example of extraordinary musicianship. Instruments featured will include the banjo, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, mandolin, fiddle, electric bass, upright bass, dobro, pedal steel guitar, and drums. The instrumentalists are top industry professionals. All of them began their careers with high profile recording and touring experiences in the music scenes of Nashville, Tenn., New York, New Orleans and more.
Easterbrook said the U.S. Navy Band's Country Current is an ideal concert for families to enjoy. "This is a perfect way to celebrate Labor Day weekend," said RiverCenter Executive Director Norman Easterbrook. "Bring the entire family for an afternoon of terrific country music!"
Easterbrook's lasting relationship with elite military ensembles goes back more than a decade. Just last season, the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldier's Chorus presented a Christmas concert where Easterbrook was honored with the Commander's Award for fourteen years of sponsoring performances by the ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces.
Saturday's concert is the first of three military band concerts taking place this season. During the 2018-19 Season, The U.S. Navy Band Commodores Jazz Ensemble will be at RiverCenter in October and, in what has become a holiday tradition, RiverCenter will host Fort Benning's Maneuver Center of Excellence Band in December.
Yes, it's free. But get tickets early!
It's good to know that although this concert is free and open to the public, all attendees must have a ticket to enter the performance. To secure tickets for the concert, contact the RiverCenter box office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., or by phone at 706-256-3612. A limit of 4 tickets per customer has been set.
Planning to attend? You might be on film!
Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB) will be on site to film the concert as part of their upcoming Hometown series.
Easterbrook is thrilled to have the film crew attend the concert. "We're excited to welcome the crew from GPB and happy that RiverCenter will be featured in the Hometown Columbus program," said Easterbrook.
Concert goers may be part of the show that begins airing on GPB in October. For more information visit http://www.gpb.org.
If You Go:
What: U.S. Navy Band Country Current
When: September 1 at 3 p.m.
Where: RiverCenter for the Performing Arts, 900 Broadway
Cost: Free! Tickets required to enter.
Contact: rivercenter.org or 706-256-3612