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Roots Music Series to Host Workshops at FSU

On Saturday, April 8 the Roots Music Series will present several afternoon workshops and an evening performance by Robin Kessinger and the Shenandoah Blue Band. An evening concert will be held afterwards at the Palace Theatre in downtown Frostburg.

Robin Kessinger, as renowned for his teaching skills as he is for his accomplished guitar stylings, will host a flat-pick workshop for beginning and intermediate players from 1 to 3 p.m. and a workshop for intermediate and advanced players from 3 to 5 p.m. Both workshops will be held in the Lane University Center, room 201.

A banjo workshop will be taught by both Kevin Mallow and Scott Walker from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Lane University Center, room 202. Mallow will instruct students in the Reno style of banjo playing while Walker will teach in the Scruggs style of banjo picking.

Advanced registration and a tuition fee of $25 are required for all workshops. Please call 301-777-ARTS or e-mail Emily Thomas at to reserve a spot.

The Roots Music Series was established by the Allegany Arts Council, in cooperation with WFWM Radio and Dr. Ken Roberts to encourage and sustain traditional music in our community. Using an interactive program format, the Roots Music Series is able to showcase a variety of traditions (such as bluegrass, folk, country, blues and gospel) to educate, instruct and nurture local musicians. Both Robert Kessinger and the Shenandoah Blues Band will perform at the palace Theatre in downtown Frostburg. General admission tickets are $10 per person (FSU students and members of the Allegany Arts Council pay $8) Tickets may be purchased at the door beginning at 7:30 p.m. or in advance from the Allegany Arts Council, 52 Baltimore Street in Cumberland; The Book Center, 15 N. Center Street in Cumberland or at Main Streets Books, 2 E. Main Street in Frostburg.

The Roots Music Series event on April 8 is supported by a grant from Maryland Traditions, cooperative program of the Maryland State Arts Council and the Maryland Historic Trust, with funding support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through ADA Compliance Office at 301-687-4102, TDD 301-687-7955.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of News and Media Services
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-3171
Fax: 301-687-7589