Bluegrass standouts Dailey & Vincent are scheduled to perform at the ninth-annual New Year’s Eve Extravaganza at The Blue Gate Theater in Shipshewana.
Also on the bill Dec. 31 will be comedian Dennis Swanberg and bluegrass triplet trio Red Roots.
Dailey & Vincent are three-time International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year winners, three-time IBMA Vocal Group of the Year winners, two-time Grammy nominees and Dove Award winners.
Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent were no strangers to the stage prior to meeting during an IBMA awards show in Louisville, Ky. Dailey’s resume included a stint with Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, while Vincent had long performed with Rhonda Vincent (his sister) and also been part of the Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder combo.
The duo’s recent albums “Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers” and “The Gospel Side of Dailey and Vincent” both garnered Grammy nominations. Their newest effort is “Brothers Of The Highway.” According to the duo’s website, Dailey & Vincent made a conscious attempt on “Highway” take stock of their careers so far. As such, they’re heeding the advice of their friend and mentor Ricky Skaggs, who advised them, “You can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been.”
In a prior interview with The Goshen News, Dailey talked about why bluegrass music resonates with listeners.
“It’s the heart of the music,” he said. “It’s the heart and soul. It’s America’s music. It’s roots music. It brings you down to Earth, is what it does.”
Swanberg is an Austin, Texas-born pastor-turned-comedian. According to his website, he was raised in what he calls a “mostly blue-collar, but sometimes ring-around-the collar” family. Swanberg said that during the 1950s, an old black-and-white television in the corner of the living room became an important part of making him the success he is today.
“Most moms yell at kids to go outside and play”, Swanberg said. “My mom would say, ‘You sit there and watch that television — your daddy worked so hard for it!’”
One of the first voices Swanberg the future impersonator perfected as a child was Barney Fife from “The Andy Griffith Show.” These days, his impersonations number more than 20. His performances also include tales of growing up and also what’s billed as “the funny side of church.”
“I try to bring people laughter, but my advice to them is always that joy is a choice,” Swanberg says on his website. “Happiness is dependent upon what happens in your life, but joy is a choice you can make every single day. It takes an act of your will...even if you don’t feel joyful at the moment. And it takes dying to yourself and coming alive in the lives of others around you. I want to motivate my audiences to have courage, to be strong, to look for the moments in life that make them realize they are an important part of this world.”
Promotional material for the Red Roots trio reads, “With a stage persona as fiery as their blazing red locks, these triplets engage the crowd with their story through real-life lyrics and rolling banjos intertwined with rocking guitars. Through their unwavering boldness, there is a South Mississippi charm rooted in faith, family and an unshakable call to show the world where true Hope is found.”
The Blue Gate Theater is located at 195 N. Van Buren St., Shipshewana. Ticket and other information can be found online at BlueGateTheater.com or by calling the Blue Gate Box Office at 1-888-447-4725.