NAMM’s Museum of Making Music to Welcome The Grascals and Flatt Lonesome for A Bluegrass Benefit

Release Date: June 22, 2018

- All proceeds from the evening to benefit the Museum’s year-round educational programs that serve thousands of children and adults in San Diego County -

CARLSBAD, Calif. – June 22, 2018 – On Saturday, August 25, NAMM’s Museum of Making Music (MoMM) will welcome the inspired sounds of the Blue Ridge Mountains and its musically-rich heritage to San Diego for the MoMM’s Bluegrass Benefit Concert. The event, to be held at the Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, will feature the award-winning sounds of The Grascals and Flatt Lonesome and will provide an evening of exceptional musicianship and lively performances. All proceeds will support the MoMM and its mission of creating music-making opportunities that impact thousands of seniors, adults and children from a variety of backgrounds in the San Diego community.

“Like bluegrass, the mission of the Museum is rooted in community, and honoring the tradition of music and music making,” shared Carolyn Grant, Executive Director of the Museum of Making Music. “Keeping access to music programs alive and accessible is why we’re asking members of our community to join us for this exceptional evening event.”

Funds raised from the benefit concert will support the museum’s annual giving of over $100,000 to a variety of education outreach programs. These programs open doors to the deep and lasting benefits of music making for thousands of adults, seniors, students, and children from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds. As part of this, the Museum provides tours and hands-on music making for students from Title 1 schools, weekly adult community band and orchestra programs, and recently launched a new partnership with San Pasqual Academy which benefits foster youth through music making and production opportunities. Funds will also help continue the MoMM’s efforts to fully fund its interactive exhibitions, hands-on experiences and live performances meant to inform and inspire guests as they learn how musical instruments impact popular culture and connect lives. Ticket prices start at $35 and are available for purchase here: https://www.museumofmakingmusic.org/bluegrass-benefit

Guests of the evening will enjoy the harmonious, traditional yet modern compositions of The Grascals, featuring Terry Eldredge (guitar/vocals), John Bryan (guitar/vocals), Danny Roberts (mandolin), Terry Smith (bass/vocals), Kristin Scott Benson (banjo), and Adam Haynes (fiddle), all musicians known for their personal and musical bonds. Their innovative mingling of traditional and modern bluegrass sounds easily floats between the classics and newer pop standards that has made the group a hallmark of the Nashville scene for many years. The three-time Grammy®-nominated group also counts two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) among their accolades and has received national media attention with appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk, among others.

Alongside The Grascals will be the six-person band, Flatt Lonesome. Featuring Kelsi Robertson Harrigill (mandolin/vocals), Buddy Robertson (guitar/vocals), Charli Robertson (fiddle/vocals), Paul Harrigill (banjo), Dominic Illingworth (acoustic bass), and Michael Stockton (resophonic guitar), Flatt Lonesome has earned multiple awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, several Dove nominations and awards and three 2016 IBMA honors for Vocal Group, Song, and Album of the Year, as well as Vocal Group the following year. The group’s hit songs, Billboard-charting albums, countless media appearances (including coveted bookings on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage), and a demanding tour schedule, all speak to the power of their music and the group’s enduring success.

Flatt Lonesome recently emerged with their latest studio album, Silence In These Walls, delivering twelve expressive vocal and instrumental performances that once again demonstrate increasingly-sophisticated songwriting and inventive arrangements from the group of young artists who keep raising the bar on the historical sound first heard in Kentucky in the late 1930s.


Museum of Making Music Bluegrass Benefit Concert

with The Grascals & Flatt Lonesome

Saturday, August 25, 2018

7:00PM - 9:00PM

The Museum of Making Music invites you to join them for an extraordinary benefit concert featuring the talents of two fantastic bluegrass groups: The Grascals and Flatt Lonesome

The event features a world-class performance at a world-class venue, The Irwin M. Jacobs Qualcomm Hall, in Sorrento Valley, and is generously supported by Deering Banjo Co. and The Bluegrass Situation. 


The Museum of Making Music provides over $100,000 annually to fund a variety of education outreach programs. These programs impact thousands of adults, seniors, students, and children from a variety of economic and cultural backgrounds. This benefit concert supports these quality educational programs by offsetting the annual costs of operating these initiatives, as well as interactive instrument upgrades to the Museum.

Tickets: https://www.museumofmakingmusic.org/bluegrass-benefit

Media Contacts

Chalise Zolezzi | chalisez@namm.org | 760-438-8001
Jeanne O’Keefe for MoMM | jokeefe@lippingroup.com | 323-965-1990


  • About the Museum of Making Music

    NAMM's Museum of Making Music presents the storied history of music instruments and products - from invention, to creation, to market - as its canvas to enrich people of all ages and backgrounds. They do this by offering educational immersion opportunities, exhibitions, hands-on experiences, and live performances that inform and inspire, while demonstrating how musical instruments impact popular culture and connect lives.

    A division of the NAMM Foundation, the museum opened at the NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) headquarters in March, 2000. MoMM is the only museum of the music products industry, and is the only museum worldwide that focuses on the ecosystem of music making from 1900 to present day.

    For details on the museum’s concerts, exhibits, workshops and outreach programs, please visit https://www.museumofmakingmusic.org/