Leesburg’s Tally Ho Theatre will get the blues Oct. 18 as bluegrass band Drymill Road hosts “Bluegrass and Beyond.”
The show, “focused on bringing top quality entertainment to a top notch venue,” according to Dry Mill Road's banjo player Robert Mabe, will pair the band with Winchester's Bud's Collective.
“The Tally Ho is the perfect venue because of the acoustics and sound system, and visually it is also a great place to see and hear live music,” Mabe said. “Drymill Road and Bud's Collective are a perfect match to share the bill. Both bands play high tech, intense music that is full of energy and fun at the same time...it will put a very large smile on your face.”
Mabe described both bands as “progressive and always pushing the limits while sticking to the bluegrass roots.” However, he said, both bands sound completely different and perfectly compliment each other.
A film crew will also be on hand at the Tally Ho Theatre Oct. 18 to film the show for an upcoming video release.
Dry Mill Road, consisting of Mabe, lead singer and guitar player Sean Loomis of Leesburg, Douglas Ross on mandolin and David Hurt on bass, have played more than 300 gigs since 2009 when they formed.
They played their first Tally Ho gig April 5. The bank is working on its second CD with original compositions to be released early 2014. The band is planning a European tour and plays about 100 dates each year. It's almost booked out for 2014, including several large festivals.
Bud's Collective is a young band from Winchester that formed in December 2012. However, lead singer Buddy Dunlap has been collecting band mates for eight years. His brother, Jack, plays mandolin for the band.
Other band members include Cody Brown on bass, Gaven Largent on dobro virtuoso and Gina Clowes on fingerboard.
Jack Dunlap began playing the mandolin when he was 12, and has made it his passion ever since, according to Mabe.
“It shows in his rhythm how much feeling he puts into his playing, but his leads are just as remarkable,” Mabe said.
If you go:
Bluegrass and Beyond
8 p.m. Oct. 18
Tally Ho Threatre, 19 W. Market St., Leesburg
or www.budscollective.com for more info.