HINDMAN — Appalachian Artisan Center John Trusty bills the music to be performed at a concert at the center tonight in seemingly contradictory terms, when he says it is “progressive and alternative, but traditional.”
But Trusty sticks by those words, saying the three men who will be performing — all locals — are among the best in their fields.
Gary Slone, Vern Jones and John Anthony Campbell comprise the Blue Moon Mountain Boys and all hail from Knott County. They will be performing at the center tonight, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Slone is musical director at the center and will be playing the mandolin. Jones, who plays upright bass, is a local businessman and member of the AAC board of directors. Campbell, who will split time between the guitar and dobro, is the son of legendary former Wayland High School basketball coach “Copper” John Campbell, who guided the Wasps to four district titles and three regional titles, including his 1959 squad that set many State Tournament records with “King” Kelly Coleman leading the way.
Trusty says the aim of the concert is, of course, to have an entertaining evening, and also to promote the center to local residents.
“We want to celebrate the Appalachian Artisan Center,” Trusty said. “Our goal is to get people in the door and make them aware of what we are doing here.”
Tickets to concert are $10. Soft drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.
The Appalachian Artisan Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the economy of Eastern Kentucky by developing artists and craftsmen, as well teaching them how to pursue the arts as a business.