Popular Bluegrass Pair Visits Corvallis

By Patrick Fancher

LaurieLewisPreviewCorvallis has established itself as a bluegrass hotspot drawing in top-shelf acts to play numerous festivals and concerts year-round. That good fortune continues this month as critically acclaimed, modern bluegrass artists Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum are set to bring their collective talent to the Majestic Theatre on Friday, June 20.

The duo, along with Lewis’ band Grant Street, has recorded 12 albums since 1986, one of which (The Oak and the Laurel) was nominated for a Best Traditional Folk album Grammy award in 1996. Since then, Lewis has nabbed a pair of awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association for Female Vocalist of the Year, in addition to winning a Grammy for her efforts on True Life Blues: The Songs of Bill Monroe. Rozum has been labeled as a mandolin-player extraordinaire by his peers, and the two often play fiddle and guitar during shows as well.

It’s been announced that they will perform a lot of new songs at this concert, giving bluegrass fans and first-timers a special treat.

Lewis and Rozum will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, June 20. Tickets are $15 to $20 and can be purchased at www.majestic.org or at the Majestic Theatre box office, 115 SW 2nd Street; 541-738-7469.