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Plant City bluegrass concert features The Roys, four other bands

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Published:   |   Updated: April 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

PLANT CITY – A brother and sister act will headline a spring concert sponsored by the Central Florida Bluegrass Association.

The Roys will perform at 7 p.m. April 26 at Boone’s Nursery, 1111 E. Sam Allen Road. Four other groups will also perform prior to The Roys taking the stage, starting at 3 p.m.

Cheri Hornsby, a musician who is organizing the concert, said she’s heard the brother-sister duo and wanted to bring them to a local stage.

“They are amazing and we’re glad we could work it out to have them here,” she said.

Lee and Elaine Roy were born in Massachusetts and grew up in Canada. About seven years ago, they moved to Nashville, Tenn., and as their careers have progressed, they have shared a stage with such stars as Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum and The Oak Ridge Boys.

The Central Florida Bluegrass Association holds a concert each fall in the Plant City area but this is the first time it has tried a spring show, Hornsby said. The association may make a spring show a regular part of the calendar if this one is a hit, Hornsby said.

Admission is $12. The day starts with free workshops for musicians, including instruction in bass by Hornsby, who plays with Little Girl and The Dreadful Snakes, 1 p.m.; guitar, Lucien Tender of Little Girl and The Dreadful Snakes, 2 p.m.; and banjo, Ken Bailey of Bailey Acoustic Shop, 3 p.m.

Stage entertainment includes JR & Cecil and Friends, 3 p.m.; The Cotton Eyed Does, 4 p.m.; Little Girl and The Dreadful Snakes, 5 p.m.; The Florida State Bluegrass Band, 6 p.m.; and The Roys, 7 p.m.

There’s also a jam session starting at 5 p.m. on April 25 with admission of $5.

Camping is available for both April 25 and 26 at a total cost of $45 for sites with water and electricity or $25 for sites with no utility hookups.

Campers are required to pay the $12 fee for the April 26 stage shows.

For information, contact Hornsby at (863) 397-4497 or CFBA.News@gmail.com.

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