Jeff Scroggins and Colorado set to perform at Bluegrass Monday Concert

Apr 20, 2016

The Jeff Scroggins and Colorado band, featured left to right: Greg Blake, Jeff Scroggins, Tristan Scroggins, Isaac Calender, Ellie Hakanson

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado will perform a concert of bluegrass music on Monday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m. at the Collins Theatre, 120 West Emerson Street, in downtown Paragould, Arkansas.  The concert is part of the Bluegrass Monday concert series presented by KASU 91.9 FM.

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is a five-piece band known for their high-energy presentations of bluegrass music.  Their style has been described as a “bluegrass explosion” and as “high altitude bluegrass.”  The group tours coast-to-coast in the United States, plays in Canada and tours Europe, performing over 200 shows each year.

Two-time national banjo champion Jeff Scroggins leads the group.  His banjo style draws influences from not only bluegrass musicians but also from rock guitarists like Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page to bring forth both a rock and bluegrass sound.

Scroggins’ 20-year-old son, Tristan Scroggins, plays mandolin in the band.  Tristan has won numerous mandolin competitions, and he is also an accomplished songwriter.

Greg Blake sings and plays guitar for Colorado.  Blake is a former member of the Bluegrass Missourians.  He is a five-time winner of the Guitar Player of the Year award given by the Mid-West Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America.  Blake has also been nominated twice for the Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year award given by that same organization.

Oregon native Ellie Hakanson plays fiddle and sings in the group.  She has been playing fiddle from a young age, learning not only bluegrass but classical music as well.  She has performed with various bluegrass bands and as a featured soloist with symphony orchestras. 

Champion multi-instrumentalist Isaac Calender plays bass for the band. The band also hosts a website that features samples of their musical stylelings, 

Seating at the concert is first-come, first-served.  Doors to the theatre will open at 6:00. At the concert, KASU will literally “pass the hat” to collect money to pay the group.  The suggested donation is $5 per person.

In addition to the concert, Terry’s Café, 201 South Pruett Street in Paragould, opens on Bluegrass Monday nights to welcome bluegrass music fans.  The café serves a catfish buffet meal beginning at4:30 p.m. on the evenings of Bluegrass Monday concerts.  Concessions will also be available at the Collins Theatre.

Bluegrass Monday concerts are held on the fourth Monday night of each month.  These concerts are presented with support from Bibb Chiropractic, the Posey Peddler, Holiday Inn Express and Suites of Paragould, the Northeast Arkansas Bluegrass Association and KASU.