The Waxahachie Community Theater will host an evening of bluegrass music on Saturday night to benefit the organization.
The event will take place from 5-9 p.m. at the Chautauqua Auditorium located at 400 S. Grand Ave. in Getzendaner Park. All event proceeds will go to benefit the community theater. The theater has been producing and presenting theatrical and musical events since 1979 using volunteer talent with a goal of advancing education and interest in the theatrical arts.
The Cooke Brothers and the Acoustic Sound Hounds, two bluegrass groups, will be performing at the event.
The Cooke Brothers started their musical journey in the late 1940s in Ellis County. They have added different members of their family to the group over the years, passing along their passion.
“It is a family-type music and upbeat most of the time. Bluegrass tells stories of life. There have been so many things that people have experienced in life that would write a song to reflect their expenses in life. It is fun to play,” Wendell Cooke said. “We enjoy the harmony that you have with bluegrass music. Most of it is three parts or four parts and some of it (are) duets. Our years, better years (have) passed and our voices are not like they used to be, but we still enjoy it and get out entertaining.”
Throughout the band's history, they have gotten to travel to several states and around Texas sharing their passion for bluegrass music. They also had the chance to play with some musical legends include Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Flatt and Scruggs are known for their bluegrass band “The Foggy Mountain Boys” and such hits as “The Ballad of Jed Clampett.”
In addition to playing with musical legends, the group had the chance to preform before President Ronald Reagan at a political function in Irving as well as for Phil Gramm.
Billy Joe Cooke, Wendell’s younger brother, said once people hear bluegrass music they will become fans of the style. It is a type of music that generates excitement, he said.
Randall Dyess, band member and family member, and daughter Kelly Pieterse have been involved with the theater. Dyess was impressesed with the entertainment the theater provides to the community, he said.
“We were still impressed that it was a family-type entertainment and the plays were not risqué. They treat the participants like they are family and they are a big family,” Dyess said. “So I am glad that my daughter and my son-in-law, who does a lot of props, and all three of my grandsons have been involved.”
The second group that is preforming is the Acoustic Sound Hounds from Kaufman County. The group describes themselves as a Texas bluegrass band that plays traditional and contemporary bluegrass, country and old gospel while adding its own style. According to its website, the Acoustic Sound Hounds completed its first self-titled album in early 2011 and is currently working on its second album.
Tickets for the concert are $8 at the door. Children 5 year-old and under are free. People can also purchase a bench for 12 people for premier seating for $25, which includes a free CD. Concessions will be available at the concert. For more information about the event call 972-467-5121.