Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will headline the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer festival (MACC) on Friday, July 18th with a special concert that includes performances with Alternative Strings, an orchestra comprised of students grades 8-12 from the Centerville, Ohio school system.
The combination of top artists in bluegrass music and an orchestra of young students was the brainchild of music educator and Alternative Strings conductor, Doug Eyink, who began putting his students in performance situations with professional bluegrass artists just a few years ago. After seeing Alternative Strings perform, Darrel Adkins approached Eyink about presenting a special concert at the MACC festival each year. Eyink happily agreed and the rest is history.
“The group this year is an equal mix of Centerville Alternative Strings and The School of Strings Junior Alternative Strings'” states Eyink. “About half of these kids have never had the opportunity to perform at the MACC or with a headliner band such as Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. I am a life-long fan of Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and I have so much respect for each of them as professional musicians. I have all of their recordings, so this opportunity to arrange music to perform with them is absolutely mind blowing and amazing!”
This special concert event will take place on Friday, July 18th at 10:00pm ET and will include several of Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out’s most popular songs including “John & Mary,” “My Angeline,” and “Pretty Little Girl From Galax,” among others. “We’ve never done anything like this before,” explains IBMA’s 5-Time Male vocalist, Russell Moore. “We’re all really excited about the opportunity and, hopefully, the audience at the MACC festival will wrap their arms around it as well!
The Musicians Against Childhood Cancer festival will take place July 16th through 19th at Hoover Y-Park in Lockbourne, Ohio. In addition to the concert with Alternative Strings on Friday, July 18th, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out will also perform on Wednesday, July 16th at 6:00pm. For more information on the MACC festival, visit www.bluegrassclassic.com. For more information on Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, visit www.iiirdtymeout.com.