On Sunday, October 6, 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Cohan Center, Cal Poly Arts proudly presents the MASTERS OF BLUEGRASS, an unprecedented collaboration between a quintet of the genre’s greatest and most admired talents.

Dubbed the “Masters of Bluegrass,” the five musicians – J. D. Crowe, Bobby Hicks, Del McCoury, Jerry McCoury and Bobby Osborne – bring to the stage a creative fire stoked by literally centuries’ worth of experience and partnerships that have encompassed every aspect of the fabled history of bluegrass.

Home-grown artists who have been blazing trails from rural schoolhouses to urban rock clubs and from early morning local radio shows to national primetime TV appearances, each of these Masters have been bringing bluegrass to audiences old and new from its earliest days.

“I’ve been knowing all of these guys for a long, long time,” chuckles Del McCoury, “and it just feels good to stand on stage with them.  We all know all the old songs, so those just fall into place, and we’re working on each other’s songs – and some new things, too.  It’s exciting to see the way it’s all coming together.”

But this “bluegrass dream team” is definitely a union of equals, as McCoury is quick to point out:  “As young as they were, brother Jerry and I looked up to Bobby Hicks, J. D. and Bobby Osborne as heroes.  They’ve all been at it even longer than I have…and that’s a long time!”

A free pre-show lecture by local musician Craig Kincaid will be held at 6 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center’s Philips Lecture Hall.

Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $29.20 to $48 and may be purchased in advance at the Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, Tuesday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m, located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus.  The Ticket Office is also open as of noon on all performance days.

TICKETS:  805/756-4TIX (4849) or order online at www.calpolyarts.org.

Sponsored by Arthur & Joyce Duarte, Rabobank, and The Tribune/SanLuisObispo.com

For more information on all Cal Poly Arts events, including audio and video samples, please visit www.calpolyarts.org.