2011 – 2012 Concerts & Events

Note: This is a previous season concert. The current season is 2018-2019.

Hard Knox Bluegrass Band

Hard Knox Bluegrass Band


Time & Place
Saturday, September 10, 2011 @ 7:00 pm
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
General Admission $14
Seniors, Military & Students w/ID $11
TFFM & TBMA Members $10
Children 7–17 w/paying adult 1/2 price
Children under 7 free

This concert not only features a great local bluegrass band, it also pays tribute to Hampton Roads' only Bluegrass Music Organization, TBMA.

The Tidewater Bluegrass Music Association was formed in 1990 as an association of individuals who have similar interests in the unique form of music known as BLUEGRASS. The objectives of the TBMA are to promote, preserve, protect and to perpetuate the unique art of BLUEGRASS music. Now in their 21st year TFFM would like to step back and acknowledge the fine folks who have kept the promise alive to preserve this musical heritage in Tidewater.

"Hard Knox" is a bluegrass band that is a five piece band consisting of banjo, guitar, dobro, mandolin and acoustic bass. We play everything for traditional to classic rock and Motown, all in the bluegrass style and instrumentation.

Hard Knox plays hard driving bluegrass with the discipline of the tradition while creating a new sound all their own. They sing around a single mic to create a warm and high energy sound. In the band are banjo, guitar, mandolin, bass and Resophonics guitar. On the CD you'll find three original cuts. One original is an instrumental called "Knox Breakdown" and was first formulated in the back of an RV on the way to a bluegrass show. Other originals written by Chris Rose and Joe Mastrangelo are "Last Twenty Dollars" and "School Of Hard Knox."

Another cut on the CD includes a twist on an old Sam Cooke favorite titled, "Stand By Me," sung by Bob Burrows. Hard Knox won the 2001 Virginia State Bluegrass Band Championship at Chesterfield County Fairgrounds and included on the CD one of their winning songs, "Steel Rails." Other cuts are: Using My Bible, Gravel Yard, Standin' In The Need of Prayer, Blueridge Mountain Girl, Sittin' On Top Of The World, Wait A Minute and I'm Blue-I'm Lonesome.

Band members are: Bob Burrows (Resophonics guitar and vocals), Joe Epps (mandolin and vocals), Johnny Knox (rhythm guitar), Joe Mastrangelo (banjo and vocals), Chris Rose (lead guitar and vocals) and Charlie Scudder (bass). The band sure does have fun at their shows—CATCH THEM at a show near you soon!