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Bluegrass concert series stops in Duluth Friday

The Chris Jones Coalition will perform at the Masonic Temple, 4 W. 2nd St., on Friday March 26, at 8 p.m. The band is the last to perform in the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association's Lonely Pines Concert Series.

The Chris Jones Coalition will perform at the Masonic Temple, 4 W. 2nd St., on Friday March 26, at 8 p.m. The band is the last to perform in the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Association's Lonely Pines Concert Series.

The Lonely Pines Concert series began in January and features one band each month including David Paterson & 1946 in January and The Gibson Brothers in February. The nine concert series traveled to Minneapolis, Saint Cloud, Mankato, Hutchinson, Duluth and added two new locations this year at Fergus Falls and Oak Center.

"We want to present the public with concerts by influential and important stylists in bluegrass music today, even though they may not have a long history or be household names," said MBOTMA executive director Jed Malischke. "These are groups that bluegrass fans in Minnesota should have the opportunity to see and hear and enjoy, but if MBOTMA doesn't bring them here they won't have that chance."

The Chris Jones Coalition, from Nashville, draws together five individuals who represent the best of bluegrass. Chris Jones has become known as a first-rate singer, guitarist and songwriter. He accompanied Irish music stars The Chieftains on a tour in early 2003. He was nominated by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America for "Guitar Player of the Year" in 1998 and for "Male Vocalist of the Year" in 1999. Jeremy and Glen Garrett formed the core of The Grasshoppers, that became one of the West's most popular bluegrass bands. Jon Weisberger has won awards for his writing as a country and bluegrass journalist and has been a performer for more than a decade. The group is rounded out by Ned Luberercki who has performed with Paul Adkins, Gary Ferguson, and SPBGMA "Entertainers of the Year," The Rarely Herd.

Tickets for the March 26 show are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the show. Tickets for children age 17 and under are half price. More information and advance tickets are available at http://www .

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minnesotabluegrass.org, or by calling (800) 635-3037.

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