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Band gives new face to old music

With their classic attire, close soaring harmonies and over-the-top energy, Blue Grass Five is putting a new face on old time bluegrass, country and gospel music.  Recreating, refining and retro-fitting the genre-defining string music of the century, their spice comes from their infectious enthusiasm, spontaneous humor, high-lonesome harmonies, fiery picking and great songs.

Hailing from Scottsburg, home of the 4th of July parade which attracts several thousand spectators each year, Blue Grass Five enjoys a huge and loyal fan base, and when time allows donates music to local causes that are dear to their hearts and are thankful to the people who come to see them.

According to band members, “Playing at festivals and benefits is where we really become immersed in the blue grass sound.  If you really want to understand blue grass music, it is like learning a foreign language.  You have to listen to it all the time, talk about it, experience it and go to festivals.”

Blue Grass Five is slated to perform at the Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival Saturday, May 4.  Band members include Mark Hackney, Larry Smith, Bill Anderson, John Smith and Justin Smith.

Blue Grass Five and other blue grass and gospel groups will be performing throughout the three-day festival, and everyone is invited to come out for a full weekend of fun and entertainment for the whole family. 

Other featured attractions of the 10th Annual Halifax County Heritage and Antique Machinery Festival include displays of antique tractors, cars and trucks, along with antique farm equipment demonstrations, hit and miss engines, antique tools, tractor pulls, a quarter scale tractor pull, vendors, crafts, games and activities for children including balloon artist Wade Hopkins, great food and much more.  

Admission is $5 per day for adults and children 12 years old and older.  Children under 12 will be admitted free.  Festival times are Friday, May 3, from noon until 9 p.m.; Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m.; and Sunday, May 5, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

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As an added bonus, South Boston Speedway is offering festival visitors a special price for the Century Link Late Model race Saturday evening, May 4.   Buy two adult general admission tickets at regular price and get the third adult general admission ticket free.   All three adults must present a wristband from the Heritage Festival in order to take advantage of this special.  Offer good for adults only.

South Boston Speedway fans can save $2 off admission to the Heritage Festival on Sunday, May 5, by presenting a ticket stub from the Saturday, May 4, race at South Boston Speedway.   This offer is good for adults only.