Great concert in a great venue to benefit a great guy

On Monday night, October 22, an amazing cast of roots music singers and players will appear at a concert benefiting Butch Baldassari, a mandolin great who is fighting cancer. The concert takes place in Ingram Hall at Vanderbilt’s Blair School of Music. I’ve mentioned Butch on this blog before, as he mentored for several years my family’s mandolin player known on this blog as “the 17-year-old.” I sat in on nearly every one of those lessons and took notes and recorded “licks” on my PowerBook. Butch’s collection of instructional DVDs, CDs and books bring back great memories of Butch’s teaching skills.

Performers at the concert will include: Dierks Bentley, Shawn Camp, Kathy Chiavola, John Cowan, Bela Fleck, The Grascals, Tony McManus, the Nashville Bluegrass Band, the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble, Maura O’Connell with John Mock, Mark O’Connor, Ricky Skaggs and Three Ring Circle.

That, my friends, is a lineup to write home about.

The concert begins at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $50 and patron tickets will be sold for $125. All proceeds will go to Baldassari and his family.