Code Blue Bluegrass Band
|Time & Place|
|Saturday, May 30, 2015 @ 7:00 pm |
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
|Seniors, Military & Students w/ID||$17|
|Children 7–17 w/paying adult||1/2 price|
|Children under 7||free|
Code Blue is a high energy bluegrass band playing everything from the traditional bluegrass music, to doing their own arrangements their way! Code Blue puts in the hard work and individual experience to provide the best sound so they can please every age group. From the very first song, you can feel the energy and hear the great vocal harmonies the group is known for, but don't over look the great musicians! The band is based in the Tidewater area of Virginia, and was formed in the late summer of 1996. The group has performed on stage with many great groups such as Ralph Stanley, Larry Sparks, The Seldom Scene, Lonesome River Band, The Grascals, Junior Sisk and many others. Consider – The Code Blue Bluegrass Band for your next event!
Bud Finch – Guitar and Vocals. Bud is from the Tidewater area of Virginia and has lived in Poquoson, Va. for the past 27 years. He has been blessed with a great family, wife Pat and sons Justin and Nathan. His interest in bluegrass music started in 1978 when some friends and he stumbled across a local jam session. He was hooked and before long, a new band was formed "Swampgrass". In 1986 he was asked to join another group "Just a Cut Above", where he joined fellow Code Blue member E.T. Firth. We had good success, playing many of the same festivals Code Blue plays today. After about a 10 year break from music, he coached ball teams and hauled kids from place to place. He joined Code Blue in 2001. He says the band is great, and we all have a lot of fun. Bud loves entertaining and getting to know all the bluegrass folks along the way.
E.T. Firth – Mandolin, Guitar, Fiddle and Vocals. E.T. was born January 27, 1952. He started playing music at the young age of 5 years old. He is multi-talented and plays mandolin, guitar, and fiddle in the Code Blue Band. He has been performing with the group since 1999. This year marks 32 years of playing bluegrass music.
Paul Anderson – Fiddle. Paul has been playing music since the age of 10, and playing with different people and bands since the age 0f 18. His love for all kinds of music makes him a versatile fiddle player, Although not classically trained, he enjoys playing everything from classical to gypsy jazz. His profound love of bluegrass draws him to play in multiple capacities, from Code Blue to some of his best friends music. He has been performing with Code Blue for the past 10 years. Paul's musical role models include Vassar Clements, Kenny Baker, and Rickie Simpkins. Paul is humble about his playing, but don't let that fool you, he can flat tear the fiddle up!
Michael Beaver – Banjo andVocals. Born in Statesville, North Carolina, he was raised listening to country and bluegrass music, and developed a love of bluegrass especially, from the great bands like Flatt and Scruggs, Don Reno, Red Smiley, The Stanley Brothers, Bill Monroe and so many others. He began to learn guitar on his brothers Silvertone at the age of 14, and became so obsessed with it, that his brother hardly had time with it himself. By the time Michael was 17, he was playing with local bands as many as five nights a week. Playing the banjo was always a dream, though he didn't own one, and as was the case with most banjo players. Earl Scruggs was his hero! Michael married at the age of 23, and began to raise a family. There was little time for the music, so he stopped playing for more than 20 years. At age 42, he purchased an inexpensive banjo and began to learn, needless to say, getting it all wrong over and over. He eventually gained enough skill and confidence to begin playing with local groups and has many thanks to other musicians for all their input and tolerance. With the current members of the Code Blue Bluegrass Band, he is fortunate to be playing with guys he has admired over the years, and some of the finest musicians and singers he has known. They are not just good players, they are great people and good friends. It is truly a pleasure to be able to perform our music at many festivals and events each year, and he is very grateful to all the promoters, wonderful audiences, and great fans for all their support. Special thanks to a lifelong friend, mentor, great musician and teacher, Harlan Baumgardner!
George Thomas – Bass and Vocals. George plays bass for the Code Blue Band, and has been a member for the past 8 years. He has performed at bluegrass festivals from Canada to Florida with many other groups. He now lives in Powhatan, Virginia. Having his own home studio, he loves recording and producing his own projects. His wife, Deborah is his biggest supporter and wrote several songs on his first CD project, "I'm Thankful". After playing all types of music from country, Top 40, beach, cowboy, his love is the sound and the people that are associated with bluegrass music. He feels very blessed for all the friends, and his wife that support what he loves to do!