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Brand New Opry to open the season for Concord’s Davis Theatre

Traditional bluegrass band The Brand New Opry will open the 2014-15 Davis Theatre season Sept. 25.

The show, hosted by Jeff Whittington, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the theater, 65 Union St. S., in the Historic Cabarrus Courthouse. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org and at the box office 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays in person or at 704-920-2753. Brand New Opry features Whittington, banjo; John Culbreath, fiddle; Pete Corum, bass; Mike Wood, guitar; and Jason Wood, mandolin.

Whittington performed on “The Grand Ole Opry” and was a staff musician with “The Arthur Smith Show.” He has been featured on commercials and movie soundtracks. A former North Carolina state banjo champion, he plays banjo, pedal steel, Dobro and guitar with the Brand New Opry.

Culbreath has performed with such bluegrass greats as Vassar Clements and Mac Wiseman and is a former South Carolina state banjo champion. He also plays fiddle, guitar and mandolin.

Corum toured with bluegrass legend Lester Flatt’s Nashville Grass, playing at “The Grand Ole Opry,” on television and all over the United States and Canada, and appeared off Broadway and in the movie “Cotton Patch Gospel.” He plays bass and sings.

Mike Wood began his career at age 14 as guitar player for his father, renowned banjoist Al Wood, and the Smoky Mountain Boys. His first major show was Bill Monroe’s world famous bluegrass festival in Bean Blossom, Ind. In the 1980s, he joined with mandolinist Herschel Sizemore to form the Country Grass. He also sings bluegrass-gospel with his wife and family band, The Wood Family Tradition.

Jason Wood, Mike Wood’s son, began playing guitar when he was 7 and started playing bass with his grandfather’s band when he was 13; he took up his main instrument, the left-handed mandolin, at 17. He toured with Constant Change and recorded “The Song of the Mountains” with bluegrass legend Curly Seckler. He also has played with Audie Blaylock and Redline, and The Band.

The Sept. 25 show will be the first of three Brand New Opry shows at the Davis Theatre during its 2014-15 season.

Future performances will be Jan. 29 and March 5.

For more information, call 704-920-2753 or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.

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