Monte band boosters present “A Night of Bluegrass”

Band boosters’ benefits brings bluegrass bands.

Say it three times — fast.

It’s a nice alliteration, but’s it’s also a reality. Three Western Washington bands — one of them from Montesano — will perform “A Night of Bluegrass” beginning at 6 p.m., Saturday, in the Montesano High School commons as a fundraiser to help support the Montesano band boosters, who in turn support the school’s music program.

There is no admission charge, but monetary donations of any size will be accepted during the concert.

“Sometimes you get more money if you don’t charge, especially if it benefits the kids,” said Carol Dills, who has helped organize the event and has a grand-daughter, Nicole, who is a sophomore at the school.

She will also be among the performers as The Dills Family comprises a bluegrass trio. Carol plays guitar, husband Jim is on stand-up bass, while son Craig plays banjo. All three provide vocals. They’ve been performing together at bluegrass festivals throughout the region for about 30 years.

“We’ve played all over the place,” said Carol, who’s currently serving as secretary of the Washington Bluegrass Society. “This is the only way we can help. I don’t have any money,” Dills said with a chuckle.

The concert, which Dills said should last at least a couple of hours, will also feature two other bluegrass bands, The Lewis County Pickers from Chehalis and The Grey Sky Ramblers, an Olympia-based four-piece stringband featuring original and traditional bluegrass/folk tunes, vocal harmonies and Appalachian-inspired clogging.

The band booster club will also be selling refreshments at the show.


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