Navy bluegrass band is coming to Marion


America's Navy is coming to Marion, one of five cities in two states to host a performance by the United States Navy Band during its 2017 tour.

The United States Navy Band Country Current performances are scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 19, at 2:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. at Tom Johnson Camping World, part of the North Carolina State Bluegrass Festival.

The Navy’s premiere country-bluegrass ensemble Country Current is renowned for its versatility and musicianship, performing a blend of modern country music and cutting-edge bluegrass. Reaching out to communities both locally and nationally, it regularly performs for veterans, elementary schools, and in support of active-duty sailors.

One of the U.S. Navy Band’s primary responsibilities involves touring the country. All of the band’s primary performing units embark each year on concert tours throughout specified regions of the country, allowing the band to reach out to audiences in areas of the country that do not have opportunities to see the Navy's premier musical ensembles on a regular basis.

The concerts are family-friendly events, meant to be entertaining to veterans, families, individuals and those interested in joining the Navy.

All Navy Band performances are free and open to the public.