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BLUEGRASS DUO DAILEY & VINCENT BRING "I BELIEVE IN CHRISTMAS" TO CENTER FOR THE ARTS, DEC. 3 AT 8PM

November 8, 2011
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GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY’S CENTER FOR THE ARTS

PRESENTS

BLUEGRASS DUO DAILEY & VINCENT

“I BELIEVE IN CHRISTMAS”

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at 8 p.m. 

 

FAIRFAX, Va., Nov. 1, 2011 – “The most celebrated new bluegrass act of the past few years,” raves The New York Times about this twosome whose music career has been on fire ever since joining forces in 2007. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent are widely praised by audiences and critics alike for their impeccable vocal arrangements, flawless performances and breathtaking two-part harmonies. Dailey & Vincent return to George Mason University’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011 at 8 p.m. to perform a concert titled “I Believe in Christmas” that reflects the pair’s deep spirituality and truly captures the reason for the season. 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.

Joining the pair onstage on Dec. 3 are Christian Davis on bass, guitar and vocals; Joe Dean Jr. on banjo, guitar and bass vocals; Jeff Parker on mandolin, guitar and harmony vocals; and Jesse Stockman on fiddle.

Dailey & Vincent have only been performing together for a few short years, but had similar musical upbringings – both were raised in musical families and later apprenticed with bluegrass legends. Dailey performed with Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, with whom he won 13 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards and four Grammy Awards. Vincent performed with his sister, bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent, and the late John Hartford, as well as Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, with whom he won eight IBMA Awards and five Grammy Awards.

The two musicians met at the IBMA Awards show in 2001 and quickly discovered amazing harmony in their vocals and also realized they had a similar outlook on music, business and their Christian faith. Several years later, the pair collaborated on a recording of the Christmas song “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem” and decided that they would like to perform together again, which eventually resulted in them becoming a duo. Dailey & Vincent released a self-titled debut album in 2008, followed by “Brothers from Different Mothers” in 2009 and “Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers” in 2010; the latter two albums debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart. Since the group’s inception, Dailey & Vincent have earned numerous accolades, including 13 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, 17 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America Awards, a 2011 Gospel Music Association Dove Award and a 2011 Grammy nomination for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. In just a few short years, the twosome have become one of the most popular bluegrass bands on the planet and are frequently compared to such legendary duos as Bill and Charlie Monroe and Ralph and Carter Stanley, and such harmonizing powerhouses as the Statler Brothers. “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) 

  

Tickets for DAILEY & VINCENT are $24, $40, $48. 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.

 

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