The McPherson Opera House stage, was blessed recently with the jazzy, blues sound of the Smoky Valley Bluegrass Band at the venue’s annual Blast of Bluegrass event. The Galva-based band was a hit and it was for a good cause as well.
“Blast of Bluegrass” is an annual fundraiser for the McPherson Opera House and has become one of its most popular events. “Having to rely on donations to cover almost one-third of our operating budget, we very much appreciate these performers donating their time and talent for the benefit of the Opera House,” says McPherson Opera House Executive Director, Diane Fallis. Adding, “It’s always a fabulously fun show. We encourage everyone to come join us for a good time – and we thank everyone for supporting this beautiful facility!”
The band has a mostly traditional sound with a little contemporary thrown in for flavor. With Don Alvord, guitar; Dan Bruce, banjo; Matt Dudte, fiddle; Mason Ruble, bass; Wayne Ruble, mandolin; Dave Ruble, banjo; and Rollin Schmidt, dobro, they each bring their own unique talents to the table. Each has played for years. The Rubles in fact, played for years with the Kansas Bluegrass Association’s youth band, “TrebleMakers,” which graced the McPherson Opera House stage for Blast of Bluegrass in the past.
For those who missed the Opera House show, Bruce, hosts an open to the public jam session on the last Thursday of each month, at the First Christian Church, 101 S. Walnut St. This free event has been known to pack the house and fill the walls with “high lonesome sounds.”