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OUT IN THE CROWD: Performance to feature super stars of bluegrass

"We don't play that often," said Don Rigsby of the band Longview. "We kind of reserve the chances to play for rare occasions."

This event is special enough to bring out the big guns of bluegrass.

The Atlanta-based Southeastern Bluegrass Association will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a lineup of bluegrass music's super stars in concert Saturday at the Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center.

The six-member band Longview -- a "supergroup" formed in 1995 of members from other groups -- will hearken to the roots of bluegrass music with a sound steeped in tradition.

"It's high energy, dynamic acoustic bluegrass music with a eye toward the old style of playing and singing," said Rigsby, who plays mandolin and second fiddle while providing vocals as a tenor.

Similar to the makeup of Longview, the Daughters of Bluegrass features the leading ladies of the music genre, eight of whom are set to perform together during Saturday's concert.

Dale Ann Bradley, the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2009 female vocalist of the year, will take lead vocals on two numbers -- "Homesick for the Hills" and "I Don't Think I'm Going Back to Harlan" -- and perform a gospel duet -- "I Pressed Through the Crowd" -- with fellow Daughter Gena Britt.

"There will be a lot of camaraderie," Bradley said of the Daughters' performance. "It will be very entertaining and I'm very pleased to be onstage with all the ladies."

Cindy Musselwhite, a bluegrass musician herself and finance chair for the Southeastern Bluegrass Association, said Saturday's concert will perhaps be a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

"It's a rare experience you're going to get," she said. "They're the best of the best when it comes to bluegrass."

For those not as familiar with the genre of music, "this is the best introduction they can have," Musselwhite said. "Whether you like rock and roll or you like jazz or just music in general, anybody who likes music will love this concert because it's going to be that kind of a caliber of concert."

Saturday's concert will also feature an appearance by a youth bluegrass band from Georgia Pick and Bow, an educational program that focuses on bluegrass and mountain music.

"We want people to see where (bluegrass) begins and where it leads to," Musselwhite said. "Bluegrass gets in your blood. It's a passion."

IF YOU GO

* What: Southeastern Bluegrass Association Silver Anniversary Super Star Concert

* When: 7 p.m. Saturday

* Where: Performing Arts Center at Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth

* Cost: $40 at the door

* For more information: Visit www.sebabluegrass.org