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AWARD-WINNING BLUEGRASS DUO DAILEY & VINCENT APPEAR AT GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY'S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

September 24, 2010
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

DAILEY & VINCENT

Friday, Nov. 12, 2010 at 8 p.m.

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Sept. 20, 2010 – “The most celebrated new bluegrass act of the last few years,” raves The New York Times about this incredible twosome that has taken the bluegrass world by storm. Since launching their career as a duo in 2007, Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent have had their inaugural album debut at #1 on the Billboard Top Bluegrass Albums Chart, won a combined 10 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards (IBMA) in 2008 and 2009 and received 10 nominations for the 2010 IBMAs and amassed a large following of adoring fans and impressed critics. These two bluegrass veterans have achieved these early successes for good reason – their vocal arrangements are impeccable, their performances flawless and their two-part harmonies breathtaking. Dailey & Vincent make their George Mason University’s Center for the Arts debut when the duo appears on Friday, Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. This performance is family friendly and tickets are half price for youth through grade 12 when accompanied by an adult. A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, begins 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III. Pre-performance discussions are sponsored by the Friends of the Center for the Arts.

The pair has only performed together for a short time, yet Dailey and Vincent’s path to acclaim began many years ago. Both men were raised in musical families and each began playing at an early age – Dailey in Tennessee and Vincent in Missouri. They each apprenticed with bluegrass legends – Dailey with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, with whom he won 13 IBMA Awards and four Grammy Awards, and Vincent with his sister Rhonda Vincent, the late John Hartford and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, with whom he won eight IBMA Awards and five Grammy Awards.

In 2001, Dailey and Vincent met at the IBMA Awards show and quickly found amazing harmony in their vocal blend, as well as their attitudes toward music, business and their Christian faith. After five years of talking, planning and praying, the pair moved forward with their musical partnership. They released their debut self-titled album in 2008, followed by “Brothers from Different Mothers” in 2009, an album reflecting artistic themes such as regret, nostalgia and hope for better times, which are not only prominent in music today, but also in the music of the 1930s – a time when the “brother duet” was the dominant form in popular music. Although many acts from that era were brothers by blood, many like Dailey & Vincent were fraternal only in their close vocal blend and approach to music. The album features southern gospel, country music, folk, as well as traditional bluegrass music. “We wanted to preserve the thread of traditional bluegrass, while extending a hand to people who haven’t heard us before and aren’t that familiar with bluegrass music,” Vincent said. The album received praise from fans and critics alike and Dailey & Vincent were compared favorably to other legendary sibling duos of the past. “The woods used to be full of duo-led bluegrass bands. But the Osborne Brothers, Reno & Smiley, Jim & Jesse, the Stanley Brothers and Flatt & Scruggs are now all history. Dailey & Vincent have stepped into those legendary shoes. And they wear them very, very well.” (Music Row) Joining the pair onstage are Christian Davis, bass, guitar and vocals; Joe Dean Jr., banjo, guitar and bass vocals; Jeff Parker, mandolin, guitar and harmony vocals; and Jesse Stockman, fiddle.

In 2008 and 2009, the duo earned a combined total of 10 IBMA Awards, including Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for both years. They are also the lead 2010 IBMA Award nominees with 10 nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Album of the Year for their chart-topping “Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers” on Cracker Barrel/Rounder Records. They also won a combined total of 10 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Bluegrass Awards in 2009 and 2010.

Dailey & Vincent will also perform at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011 at 8 p.m. Please visit www.hyltoncenter.com for more details.

 

Tickets for DAILEY & VINCENT are $48, $40, $20. Family Friendly! Youth through grade 12, half price when accompanied by an adult. Charge by phone at 888-945-2468 or visit cfa.gmu.edu. The Center for the Arts complex is located on the Fairfax campus of George Mason University at the intersection of Braddock Road and Route 123. Paid parking is located in the deck adjacent to the mainstage Concert Hall and FREE parking is located in university lot K.  Visit cfa.gmu.edu.

About Great Performances at Mason

Great Performances at Mason is a program of George Mason University's Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA). CVPA provides an academic environment in which the arts are explored as individual disciplines and interdisciplinary forms that strengthen one another. The college prepares students for careers as creators, performers, teachers, scholars, arts leaders and arts entrepreneurs. Understanding that an education in the arts is deepened by regular contact with the work of distinguished visiting artists, the Center for the Arts, the professional presentation and production arm of the college, welcomes a variety of professional and world-renowned artists, musicians and actors to its stage. Students have the opportunity to perform, create and exhibit their work in a wide variety of public venues including a 2,000-seat Concert Hall. CVPA is home to the Schools of Music, Dance and Art, the Department of Theater, as well as the Computer Game Design, Arts Management and Film and Video Studies programs.

About George Mason University

Named the #1 national university to watch in the 2009 rankings of U.S. News & World Report, George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields. Located in Northern Virginia near Washington, D.C., Mason provides students access to diverse cultural experiences and the most sought-after internships and employers in the country.  Mason offers strong undergraduate and graduate degree programs in engineering and information technology, organizational psychology, health care and visual and performing arts. With Mason professors conducting groundbreaking research in areas such as climate change, public policy and the biosciences, George Mason University is a leading example of the modern, public university.