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CrabGrass Bluegrass Band


September 15
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$18 – $24
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Cape Cod Museum of Art
60 Hope Lane
Dennis, Massachusetts
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Sep 15, 2024, 4:00 PM
Cape Cod Museum of Art, 60 Hope Ln, Dennis, MA 02638, USA

Music & More Summer Concert Series: CrabGrass Bluegrass Band
Sunday, September 15, from 4:00 – 5:00 pm.
Member $18 / Non-Member $24
Season Pass: Member $160 / Non-Member $195

Les Beavan
Although born in the 1940s, Les bought his first banjo at age 16 and remains the tallest man in the band. He broke his front tooth while racing through a U.S. Naval submarine, guitar in hand, in an attempt to impress local French girls with his bluegrass repertoire. Despite this injury, he was not awarded a Purple Heart. Les is the father of Nat and Sarah, both of whom dislike bluegrass, and the husband of Allison who likes it so much that she gave him the Huber flathead tone ring for his 1999 Gibson, Scruggs Standard.

Dan Fortier
Dan began playing guitar while still in high school in New Bedford, MA, first studying with Tony Pacheco, a well-respected jazz guitarist and teacher who had studied and played with Django Reinhardt in Europe after WWII. Dan’s initial styles of interest were rock and roll, folk, urban and country blues. After buying a Martin D-28 in 1975, Dan became interested in the guitar styles of Doc Watson, Norman Blake, Dan Crary, and Tony Rice. Although he continued to play in various bands and to experiment with different music styles, by the mid-to-late 1980s he became committed to flatpicking guitar and bluegrass music. When not playing bluegrass, Dan keeps the beat on the streets of Providence as a gumshoe, helping to represent those accused of serious crimes. Dan is married to his sweetheart, Pam, and they have a lovely daughter, Margaux.

Billy Hardy
Billy has been playing fiddle music for over 30 years in the styles of bluegrass, Irish, Scottish, old time, country, swing, and rock & roll. He has played in an assortment of venues including pubs, concert stages, festivals, contra dances, weddings, and studio work. In addition to playing fiddle with the CrabGrass Bluegrass Band, Billy plays in the duo ”Billy and Beth” and the Cape Cod Fiddlers; he also performs with the Celtic Clan, Bob Peck, and Bill Slater. Billy is a multi-instrumentalist and often plays banjo (tenor and 5-string), guitar, melodeon, electric mandolin, bones, and musical saw.

Ted Mello
Ted is the newest member of CrabGrass and his strong bass and tenor vocals make him a natural fit for the group. Ted began studying upright bass during high school in the 60s. He started playing in bands during the 70s, playing mostly standards until he came across Charlie Pike’s famous Friday Night Bluegrass Jam in Rehoboth Mass. in 1985. During those many years of attending that jam and being the “shed” bass player he discovered his love for bluegrass music. Over the years he has played with bluegrass bands from CT, RI and MA. Ted lives in Plymouth, MA. He has a 37-year-old son and two daughters: one 27 and the other 15. If he’s not boating on Cape Cod Bay, he’s roaming the roads on his green 1997 Triumph Thunderbird motorcycle.

Chris Miner
Chris, the oldest and, by his own admission, most mature member of the band, grew up outside of Chicago where daddy played piano while mama burned the vegetables. He started singing at birth and not long after was infected by the Bluegrass Bug (Flatt and Scruggs strain). Over the years, he taught himself to play guitar, bass and mandolin well enough to strum, thump and pick his way through several different acoustic bands. Soon after washing ashore on lower Cape Cod in 1972, he met and married Paula, the love of his life. Together they produced and raised two beautiful daughters, Casey and Abby, who, to the amazement of their friends, actually like bluegrass music. Despite the overwhelming popularity of the band, Chris has not given up his day job. In his spare time, he likes to mow.

All concerts are held outside, under the tent in our sculpture garden. In case of rain, the concert will be held inside the museum in our spacious gallery. No need to bring chairs, we have plenty for everyone! Feel free to pack a picnic lunch to enjoy on our lawn before the concert!

Photo credit: Paula Newman Miner
L. to R. Billy Hardy, Les Beavan, Ted Mello, Chris Miner, Dan Fortier

Cancellation policy: CCMoA must be notified 1 week prior for refund.


Programs and performance dates and times are subject to change or cancellation without notice.
Please contact the venue directly with any questions.