The Grass Cats at Raleigh's Anderson Point Park

Presented in partnership with: City of Raleigh

Venue: Anderson Point Park

Rain Site: Anderson Point Park
Rain Date: 04/25/2013

Date/Time: Thursday, April 25, 2013 | 5:00-7:00 p.m.

This concert is FREE and open to the public.


The Grass Cats at Raleigh's Anderson Point Park

PineCone is honored to present The Grass Cats as part of the City of Raleigh's festivities to celebrate the dedication of 20 miles of the 28-mile Neuse River Trail. YOU are invited to attend a ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony of the new trail on Thursday, April 25 at Raleigh’s Anderson Point Park. Activities are scheduled from 5 – 7 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

After the dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony, guests are invited to enjoy activities and information booths that include:

  • Live bluegrass music from The Grass Cats
  • Kids crafts
  • Nature education
  • Bike maintenance
  • Children's Bike Safety Rodeo
  • Greenway volunteer program
  • Oak City Cycling
  • Local Parks and Recreation Departments

Food trucks confirmed to date are Klausie’s and Pelican’s. The music is sponsored by Stewart Engineering, Fred Smith Company, and DH Griffin. Everyone is invited to walk, run, stroll, or bike the trail and enjoy the scenic views.

The Grass Cats are a North Carolina-based bluegrass band and the only band on an independent label to have three songs reach #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited national chart ("The Mountains, My Baby and Me" - 2013; "A Good Way to Get the Blues" - 2010; "Bluegrass Man" - 2003). 

Since 1997, the Grass Cats have played bluegrass music in the Triangle region and released a series of acclaimed recordings. The Grass Cats are: Tim Woodall (bass,vocals), Russell Johnson (mandolin,vocals), Chris Hill (fiddle), Steven Martin (guitar, vocal), and Rick LaFleur (banjo,vocals).

 

Songwriter and mandolin player Johnson started The Grass Cats with original members Woodall and Hill. Johnson's soaring tenor compliments Woodall's richly textured lead vocal, and Hill adds the third part harmony that is such a big part of the Cats’ vocal arsenal. Lafleur on banjo and Mullen on guitar provide the drive!

Since their formation, the Grass Cats have released a total of eight albums, five of which have landed in the Top 10 of Bluegrass Unlimited’s national chart. The title track of the group's most recent album, 2012's "The Mountains, My Baby and Me," garnered the Grass Cats their third number-one single. They are the only group on an independent recording label to reach the top position on the Bluegrass Unlimited chart.

The Grass Cats have a broad repertoire of original tunes, but they also cover a number of rock and country tunes that they've arranged to play in the bluegrass style. They are also well-versed in traditional bluegrass, but, as Woodall explained in a recent interview in the Cary News, "We try to do half original, half cover songs. Very rarely are you going to do a better job than the original version of a bluegrass song, so we do a lot of rock and country tunes arranged and played as bluegrass.

We do “I Shot the Sheriff,” the Eric Clapton version. We do a Steve Earle song, “Copperhead Road”; that’s requested a lot."

The Cats also perform songs by artists as varied as Duke Ellington and Johnny Cash.

The Grass Cats continue to perform regularly around the Piedmont, with gigs at Pittsboro's General Store, Mac's Tavern in Cary (first Thursday of each month for more than 100 consecutive months!), the Rock the Block festival in Winston-Salem, and the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. They recently celebrated their 15th Anniversary with a special concert at the Carrboro ArtsCenter.

Save the date to come celebrate Raleigh's newest greenway with North Carolina music, food, and fun for the whole family!

Learn more about the Neuse River Trail project


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The Mountains My Baby And Me