Bloom WNC prepares to open 2022 concert series with Bluegrass performance

Special to Black Mountain News
Cast Iron Bluegrass is set to open the 2022 concert series at Bloom WNC on March 20.

Things are about to warm up at Bloom WNC flower farm. The first concert of the season will kick off on Sunday, March 20 from 2-4 p.m. with Cast Iron Bluegrass. Tickets to the show are only $15 and can be purchased online. The day and hour are meant to keep listeners comfortable in the changeable weather. Bring a chair and some refreshments for an afternoon of toe-tapping fun.

Farm owner Abigail Moffit started the concert series in 2021 as a way to keep regional musicians in front of audiences in the face of COVID-19 tour cancellations and closures. But as restrictions eased, the musicians just kept coming. Bass player Celia Millington-Wyckoff uses her vast musical connections to help identify the seasonal line up. The first combo represents the talent audiences can expect from a concert at the flower farm.

Cast Iron Bluegrass plays hard-drivin', traditional bluegrass music. Lead singer and guitar player Rob Sine moved to the area from the Gettysburg, Pennsylvania area some years ago and has played with a number of local groups. Banjo player Andrew Blythe, who shares lead vocals with Sine, is a native of nearby Etowah and a graduate of the ETSU bluegrass program. Nick Dauphinais, who plays mandolin and sings tenor with the band, teaches at the Academy for the Arts in Asheville and moved to the area from New Hampshire. Millington-Wyckoff retired to Asheville from State College, Pennsylvania, and Adam Masters, the newest member of the band, plays fiddle, hailing from South Carolina. Cast Iron Bluegrass is excited to be kicking off the 2022 performance season at Bloom!

Next up is Jim Avett. You may have heard of a little group called the Avett Brothers. Jim is their father and his performance will be on Friday, April 22 from 6-8 p.m.

Guests are welcome to bring their own food and drinks, but please no dogs and no smoking. Purchase tickets through the events page at BloomWNC.com and get additional important details. For more information visit the website, call 828-450-2801 or email abigail@farmerfloristbloom.com.