Fresh Bluegrass For A Sultry Summer | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

Fresh Bluegrass For A Sultry Summer

Play associated audio

In many places across the country, summer officially blasted in this week, which means that musicians who've wintered in dark rehearsal studios — and the street players who've been toiling away in cold and damp subway corridors — can now enjoy playing alfresco.

This summer, Weekend Edition is presenting audio postcards from musicians out-of-doors.

This installment comes from a group of bluegrass players who gather every couple of weeks at Lyon Park in Arlington, Va. They're members of the Capitol Area Bluegrass and Old-time Music Association, or CABOMA.

"CABOMA was formed probably 30, 35 years ago by folks in the community who wanted to keep this music alive," says Bruce Day, the group's current president. "Some of these guys are pros, some of them aren't, but we show up pretty much every meeting and hang out together. And there's a canon of music we all know, and then there are some new ones that people bring every week, and we try some new stuff. So it's a great adventure."

Day says CABOMA's members appreciate the musical opportunities that summer offers them.

"Playing outdoors seems to be a very important part of this kind of music," he says. "Sharing it in the open air is very different from being canned in the building. In the winter, we play inside, and it's not as much fun. It's nice to have the fresh air and the bugs biting and the birds tweeting. It's all part of it."

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

The 'Man Who Touched His Own Heart' Changed Medicine

Melissa Block talks to Rob Dunn about his new book, The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, a history of science and medicine's efforts to understand the working of the human heart.
NPR

Shake Shack Sizzles With IPO As McDonald's Fizzles

Shares of the burger chain shot up Friday, its first trading day. Shake Shack and other fast-casual joints are taking a bite out of McDonald's, which can't recast itself to fit the current trend.
WAMU 88.5

Krupicka Wants Landlords To Be More Transparent About Mold

The Northern Virginia delegate has introduced legislation to make sure renters have access to information about mold.
NPR

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

As people disappear from the audiences of conventional news organizations, 11 media outlets have partnered with Snapchat in the U.S. to offer its younger users easily digested fare within the app.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.