As IBMA geared up to take over Raleigh with street concerts and the best instrumental showcases of the season, a group of East Coasters decided to host shows for rallying fans around Virginia, the Carolinas, and Tennessee. Folks unable to attend the week-long event or looking for a kick-off joined a Facebook group dedicated to a bluegrass potluck that hosted incoming artists. Attendees were encouraged to bring a dish and make a donation, along with lawn chairs for the porch show.
Mountain Fever Record’s own, Thomas Cassell, closed the series of events in Cleveland, Tennessee, on the back porch of a family home in the mountains. A crowd, much of which was dancing, sang with Cassell’s record favorites and other bluegrass classics. Cassell, no doubt, brought his engaging commentary to joke with the audience and create a relaxed environment under a warm-lit yard of string lights. This East Coast group, PPPP Proudly Presents, is one to keep an eye out for summer.