When: Sun., June 12, 3:30 p.m. 2011
Acoustic pyrotechnics. If this is the only Spoleto event you attend, you'll leave wishing you'd seen more of the festival's offerings. But this show-stopper is a can't-miss, for devoted arts patrons and college kids alike. For $30, enjoy a relaxed Sunday afternoon in the gardens of Middleton Place, followed by a true musical legend playing under the stars. And it all ends with a fantastic firework display over the Ashley River, drawing the festival to its close.
Del knows bluegrass. After beginning his fast pickin' career under the tutelage of Bill Monroe, Del McCoury went on to blue-collar work in construction and lumber. Working as a full-time musician for the last 25 years, he sings traditionals (some of which he wrote!) about working hard and loving God — he's the real deal.
A man in his prime. At 72 years old, McCoury's career is peaking. He curates his own major music festival (DelFest) and continues to explore inventive new projects, like a recent collaboration with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. To make matters better, his playing and singing sound as sweet and fiery hot as ever. Hearing him at Middleton Place should be a memorable treat.