From Henryville, Indiana, Michael Cleveland quickly became known as one of the hottest attractions in Bluegrass achieving recognition, not for the fact that he is blind, but for his blistering and unconventional fiddle style. He is considered one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation. Michael picked up a fiddle at age four. Since 1990 he has appeared on stage with Bill Monroe, Jim & Jesse, Ralph Stanley, and at the age of 13, made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. Then soon appearing on “A Prairie Home Companion” and playing before the U.S. Congress. In May of 1999, after graduating from the Kentucky School for the Blind, Mike toured with Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek before joining Rhonda Vincent and The Rage in 2000. It was then he began bringing home many prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards for “Fiddle Performer of the Year”. Since 2006 he has swept that award every year since and now has nine. He has also won many awards in other categories so far in his career.
In 2002, Michael rejoined The Dale Ann Bradley Band before forming his own band, “Flamekeeper”
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper present a program of dynamic, traditional bluegrass with tight vocal trios, duos, blistering instrumentals, and fiddle-and-banjo duets. The show is rounded out with Mike's dry wit and the band's sense of fun. They are sure to leave the audience talking and raving long after Bluegrass for Hospice-2012.
Two-time Inspirational Country Music (ICM) “Duo of the Year” (2009 & 2010) and Inspirational Bluegrass “Artist of the Year” (2011), THE ROYS, come from a unique musical family and are known for their superb sibling harmonies and compelling original songs. Their first CD, “LONESOME WHISTLE” on Rural Rhythm Records, debuted at #7 on “BILLBOARD's”
THE ROYS have shared the stage with George Jones, Lady Antebellum, Janie Fricke, The Oak Ridge Boys and Chris Young among others, and they've toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada, and made their debut in Australia this past January. They are featured in the 2012 Vietti Vinyl campaign and appear on the brand's Family Style Beef Stew sold in Family Dollar stores in 25 states. THE ROYS are also spokespersons for COMPASSION INTERNATIONAL, a child advocacy ministry. They recently taped seven episodes of their own television show, “Bluegrass Mountains” which will begin airing this fall. Their career is well on its way to the top and we are glad they can be a part of our Bluegrass for Hospice-2012!
As you will see on October 27, the Southern Maryland area is endowed with Bluegrass talent. This year we welcome back “The Bluegrass Gospel Express” providing some fine Gospel music. Also crossing the stage that day will be “Charlie Thompson & Bottom County Bluegrass”, “Bubby Abell & Spoon Creek”, “California Ramblers”, “David Norris”, and once again we welcome back “Gracie’s Guys and Gals Dancers”. Troy Jones will provide sound for the event.
Bluegrass For Hospice-2012 is sponsored this year by the following: Jan Barnes, Century 21 New Millennium; Bob Taylor Engineering, Inc.; Christine Wray & John Felicitas; Toyota/Scion of Southern Maryland; C & C Plumbing & Septic, Inc.; Community Bank of Tri County; ABC Liquors; Three Mules Welding Supplies; Aloft Solutions; Guy Distributing Co., Inc.; Simms Insurance Agency, Inc.; Ernie and Anne Bell; Quality Built Homes, Inc.; Technology Security Associates, Inc.; Stanley & Joan Williams; PNC Bank; J.P. Wathan’s Plumbing; W.M. Davis Construction;
Throughout the day there will be many raffles including 50/50’s, Door Prizes, Silent Auctions, and food will be available for sale by the 3rd District Optimist Club “Kruzin’ Kafe”. There is a $500.00 money raffle that is on sale between now until the end of the event. Tickets for the raffle are $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00 and can be purchased at the address listed below. You need not be present to win. Also, please bring a non-perishable food item to help replenish the Helping Hand Food Bank in Hollywood, MD.
You can order tickets in advance for $20.00 per person or at the door for $25.00 per person. Children under 12 are free. For advanced tickets by mail, please make checks payable to “Hospice of St. Mary’s” and mail to P.O. Box 741, California, MD 20619. (The deadline for advanced tickets to be mailed is October 16, 2012). To purchase tickets by credit card, call 1-888-663-3729 or online at www.drby.tk/
Last year Bluegrass for Hospice had a crowd of over 600 and raised over $20,000.00. With your help, we hope to reach past that goal this year. This event has grown to be the largest fundraiser for our local Hospice of St. Mary’s. On Saturday October 27, 2012, please come out and support this great community event. As always, your contributions are greatly appreciated and will help make this another successful event for the Hospice House of St. Mary’s County.
This mission of Hospice of St. Mary's is to provide physical, emotional, and spiritual support to terminally ill patients and their families and bereavement care to those families and the community. HOSPICE OF ST. MARY’S IS A 501 (c) 3 ORGANIZATION.
For further information about the “Bluegrass for Hospice-2012”
Bluegrass For Hospice-2011:
23302 Christy Court
California, MD 20619