Kruger Bros. concert to benefit Care Clinic
by Anna Oakes
Swiss bluegrass sensations the Kruger Brothers will lend their talents to help the uninsured in Watauga County with a benefit concert at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Watauga High School auditorium.
Tickets are $20 and are available at Mast General Store in Boone, Bare Essentials Natural Market, the Community Care Clinic and online at http://www.ccclinic.org.
Tickets will also be available at the door for purchase with cash or check only.
Proceeds will benefit the Community Care Clinic.
"The Kruger Brothers are delighted to be supporting an important community initiative with their music," the band said on its website.
The trio of banjo player Jens Kruger, guitarist Uwe Kruger and bassist Joel Landsberg play a sophisticated but unpretentious style of bluegrass characterized by rich detail and compositions that often build on jazz or classical themes and techniques.
The Krugers moved to the United States from Europe more than a decade ago, settling in the Appalachian foothills of Wilkes County. They have since built a loyal following among American music lovers. Bluegrass Journal called the band "nothing short of magnificent" and the late Doc Watson said the Kruger Brothers "are just about as fine a band as I've ever played with."
In 2010, the band premiered the "Appalachian Concerto," a concerto for banjo, bass, guitar and string quartet. They have performed the work with symphony orchestras and string quartets throughout the country.
The Community Care Clinic was established in 2006 to provide health care for uninsured persons in the Watauga community. More than 100 volunteers give their time and talent to provide services such as primary care, specialty care, nursing, lab services, patient intake, reception, clerical assistance and more.
Sponsors of the March 3 concert include presenting sponsor Mast General Store, Boone Drugs Inc., Stepping Stone of Boone, Flanagan Pipes Land and Commercial Properties and Joan and Daniel Zelinski.
For more information, call (828) 265-8591 or visit http://www.ccclinic.org.