The Ghost Light Sessions: Hardscrabble – STREAMED LIVE!

Vilar Performing Arts Center
May 28, 2020 7:00 pm

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The Ghost Light Sessions: Hardscrabble – STREAMED LIVE!


Until we can be together again we are streaming, for free, The Ghost Light Sessions – LIVE from the empty theater! We’ll be hosting local musicians for a free evening of local, streamed music. Tune in on our youtube channel!

ABOUT HARDSCRABBLE: Hardscrabble music can best be described as pure Colorado bluegrass. The band has made a name for itself by offering a unique blend of original songs mixed with traditional bluegrass anthems, and colorful renditions of crowd favorites. They deliver a lively show aimed at audiences of all ages and musical backgrounds.

Hardscrabble is influenced by music from a variety of different genres, and that’s evident in our shows. We try to have fun up there and keep the audience engaged. You’ll hear us play our own Hardscrabble originals, as well as traditional bluegrass anthems by Jimmy Martin, Bill Monroe, and Flatt & Scruggs. In addition, HS mixes in ‘newgrass’ favorites by artists like The Punch Brothers, Gillian Welch, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Yonder Mountain String Band; as well as occasional rock tunes from The Marshall Tucker Band.

Formed in 2009, this four-piece group consists of Jena Skinner (Nova Scotia) on lead vocals and mandolin; Robby Brown (North Carolina) on lead guitar and vocals, Eric Lovgren (Michigan) on banjo and vocals, Andy Leister (Indiana) on bass, and Madeline Wheeler (Tennessee) on the fiddle. Hardscrabble has a rich and lively sound showcasing the amazing songwriting and flat-picking skills of Rob and the rafter-shaking voice of singer, Jena. More recent to the band, Andy and Madeline have brought in a fresh sound to round out that of banajer Eric, pickin’ on the five-string.

Hardscrabble has shared the stage with some of the biggest acts in bluegrass music including Peter Rowan, The Steep Canyon Rangers, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Great American Taxi, Tyler Childers, and many more over the years. Hardscrabble has been featured at festivals like the Bonfire Blockparty, Yarmony Grass, Camp Out for the Cause, Ullrgrass, and the WinterWonderGrass Festivals, and events such as the GoPro Games, and the Vail International Beer Festival.

Learn more at:

VIRTUAL TIP JAR will be available @ Venmo @Eric-Lovgren-1

Thursday, May 7: The Runaway Grooms [Missed it? You can still check it out HERE]
Thursday, May 21: Turntable Revue [Missed it? You can still check it out HERE]
Thursday, May 28: Hardscrabble
Wednesday, June 3: Buffalo Commons
…..And more to come!

#SupportTheArts #GhostLightSessions #SupportLocalMusic

What pairs best with LIVE, LOCAL MUSIC? DELICIOUS LOCAL FOOD! Consider supporting a local restaurant as you tune in to The Ghost Light Sessions. Did you know 7 Hermits Brewing Company in Eagle is now open? Take it to-go or dine in ~ the patio is simply lovely and they will also be streaming the event LIVE from all restaurant screens!




ABOUT THE SERIES: There all sorts of traditions and superstitions in theater such as not bringing mirrors on stage, no whistling from backstage, using “break a leg” instead of wishing a performer “good luck” and never mentioning The Scottish Play! Another is to make sure to turn on an exposed incandescent bulb centerstage known as “the ghost light”, before turning off other lights and vacating the theater. I like to think of it as providing an eternal flame that remains on between shows, providing a baseline of energy that allows us looking forward to the next wave of entertainment. Of course there is also the practical safety side to this which avoids accidents when entering a darkened theater but legend also has it that it is there to ward off mischievous spirits. Whether it’s for safety or ghosts, it certainly is comforting to enter a lit space and avoid us turning into freshly-minted theater ghosts ourselves!

As we patiently await the passing of the current pandemic and figure out how to safely resume operations at our beloved Vilar Performing Arts Center, we feel our duty to fulfill the role of the “ghost light” in our community providing a flow of energy during these uncertain, in-between times. As such we’re introducing “The Ghost Light Sessions” which will allow artists from our region to live-stream performances to wherever you are, direct from our stage. If you’re like us, you’re probably bursting for some live entertainment to resume and allow us to reconnect as a community! We also hope it provides our local artists a platform to thrive during these difficult times and encourage you to contribute to their virtual tip-jar as a means to show your support. With enough participation and support we hope to continue this series until we can once again welcome you through our doors and we thank you in advance for spreading the word and supporting this new effort.


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