The State College area is blessed to have an incredible variety of music, homegrown and touring, available in our live music venues. But one of the best concerts you're likely to hear this year in State College is coming to Penn State Friday. The traditional New Orleans sound of Preservation Hall Jazz Band unities with The Del McCoury Band's legendary bluegrass in a 7:30 p.m. Sept. 28 concert at Eisenhower Auditorium.
Singer and guitarist Del McCoury, who performed in his youth with Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass, was born and raised in York County. Allan and Sandra Jaffe, who founded Preservation Hall in New Orleans' French Quarter 50 years ago, were also natives of Pennsylvania. The late Allan Jaffe grew up in Pottsville, and his wife was raised in suburban Philadelphia. Today their son, Ben Jaffe, guides the Preservation Hall band, venue, and record label as creative director.
Go to American Legacies to read more about the bands and hear my interviews with McCoury and Jaffe. Both interviews feature samples of recordings by the bands.
Tickets are still available for the concert.