Bluegrass concert to aid St. Joseph House of Hospitality

Thursday, April 21, 2016 - Updated: 1:00 pm

The 18th Annual Bluegrass Benefit Concert April 29 for Catholic Charities’ St. Joseph House of Hospitality will continue its tradition of presenting the region’s top bluegrass bands and introduce concertgoers to Echo Valley, a group of family musicians from New Galilee, Beaver County.

Beginning at 7 p.m. at Synod Hall, 125 N. Craig St. in Pittsburgh’s Oakland neighborhood, fans of this genre of American music will be entertained by the Allegheny Drifters, Border Ride, Brush Creek and Fern Hollow. Bruce Mountjoy, longtime host of “Bluegrass Jam Session” on WYEP-FM, will return as concert emcee.

Proceeds from the Bluegrass Benefit Concert will support St. Joseph House of Hospitality, a program of Catholic Charities that serves as a residence for older men who were formerly homeless. Located in Pittsburgh’s Hill District for 79 years, St. Joseph House provides a single furnished room, meals and supportive services for 60 residents age 50 and older.

Making their first appearance at the concert will be the seven siblings of the Anderson family who perform as Echo Valley. Ranging in age from 7 to 21, they first started performing a mix of bluegrass and gospel five years ago at local churches. As their skill level progressed, so did their bookings. They are already scheduled to perform 16 concerts this year while putting the final touches on their first CD.

Second-oldest performer Emily said, “It has been my dream to play at the St. Joseph benefit concert since the first time I attended four years ago!”

Tom Kneier, administrator of St. Joseph House of Hospitality, said, “We’re looking forward to Echo Valley joining the incredible lineup of bands that year after year share their talent and love of bluegrass to help the men of St. Joe’s.”

Concertgoers who arrive early (5:45-6:45 p.m.) will enjoy a tasting of craft beers, courtesy of Rivertowne Brewing. Light snacks also will be provided.

Tickets for the concert are available for a $20 donation and may be purchased at the door or online at www.ccpgh.org.

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