[From The Shelby Star] SHELBY – An interactive history museum bearing the name of county native bluegrass legend Earl Scruggs has been in the works for years.
The history center is set to open soon, though an official date has not yet been announced. But you can get tickets beginning Tuesday for a celebration of the center’s grand opening. That celebration will include music from the Scruggs family, as well as Grammy winners Vince Gill, Travis Tritt and Sam Bush.
Tickets go on sale at 1 p.m. Tuesday for the show set for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 2014 at Shelby High School.
Want to go?
* “Remembering Earl: Music & Stories”
* 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, 2014
* Malcolm Brown Auditorium at Shelby High School
* Sponsored by Bank of the Ozarks
* Tickets for the evening event will be available at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22
* Tickets for the event are $45 to $65, based on reserved seating section.
* To purchase event tickets, call the Don Gibson Theatre at 704-487-8114 or visit www.earlscruggscenter.com. For more information, call the Scruggs Center at 704-487-6233.
* Daytime activities Jan. 11 will also include tours, programs, music and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The feature event will follow at 7:30 p.m.
Grammy-winning guest acts
Grammy winners Vince Gill and Travis Tritt will attend the grand opening for the Scruggs Center, in addition to Sam Bush, Rob Ickes, Jim Mills and the Scruggs family.
Gill and Tritt are familiar with Shelby, both having visited before.
* Tritt, who has two Grammy awards to his credit, was one of the first to get a sneak peek inside the Shelby center in 2012.
* Gill, who has 20 Grammy awards to his credit, performed with The Time Jumpers at the Don Gibson Theatre in Shelby in February.
Sam Bush’s attendance was announced recently. He began his music career at 11, finding inspiration in the stories and unique sounds captured on the Flatt and Scruggs television show. Known as “new grass,” his signature style fuses traditional bluegrass influences with a blend of jazz, rock, blues and funk.
Bush, who has three Grammy awards to his credit, is recognized for a range of musical collaborations, which include recordings with Bela Fleck and Emmylou Harris.
Visit www.earlscruggscenter.org or visit The Earl Scruggs Center on Facebook.
Scruggs Center timeline
Here are some of the key points in the development of the Scruggs Center.
2006 – Destination Cleveland County begins as a citizen task force to work on two economic development projects, the Don Gibson Theatre (which opened in November 2009) and the soon-to-open Earl Scruggs Center
2008 – Local capital campaign launched, which has to date raised more than $8.2 million; master plan completed for Earl Scruggs Center
2009 – Earl Scruggs, family members and friends filmed for use in Scruggs Center
2010 – Exhibit designs for center completed
2011 – Bidding and renovations began on Scruggs Center
2012 – Exhibit fabrication for Scruggs Center underway
2013 – Reviews of films, scripts, text panels and other exhibits; final fabrication of exhibit cases and interactive media components
September 2013 – First acts announced for grand opening celebration for Scruggs Center
Late 2013 – Opening of Scruggs Center planned
Jan. 11, 2014 – Grand opening celebration for Scruggs Center