For the last 47 years, the little community of Lucketts, Virginia has hosted Saturday night bluegrass music concerts at a historic former schoolhouse.  In fact, the Lucketts Bluegrass Series has been called “the Grand Ole Opry of Bluegrass Music.”

The tradition continues every Saturday night October through April, as nationally known bluegrass acts play to enthusiastic crowds in the 225-seat venue.  Last year’s concert series was cut short by the Covid pandemic, but the shows will start up again as soon as restrictions are lifted.

Now listeners can relive some of those musical evenings, as Bluegrass Country radio broadcasts concerts recorded live at Lucketts.  The shows will be aired during the Christ Teskey Show at 4 pm eastern time every Friday, and repeated Saturday afternoon at 1.  See the broadcast schedule below.

Bringing music to the old Lucketts Schoolhouse was the brainchild of local musician E.J. Spence, who thought a music hall would be a great alternative to the bars that hosted most bluegrass shows in the 70s.  He and some friends organized the shows, kept the building in shape and began to build a reputation as a family-friendly place to hear great music.

Over the years, the reputation grew, and today Lucketts is a mecca for bluegrass bands and fans.  The building has been restored, by the Saturday night shows are still organized and run by volunteers, under the auspices of the nonprofit Lucketts Bluegrass Foundation.

“We’re thrilled to be able to air these live performances from one of the oldest and most fabled bluegrass venues in the country,” said Teskey, who’s the program director of Bluegrass Country as well as the host of the weekday afternoon show. “We’re pleased to be working closely with the Lucketts Bluegrass Foundation to make these broadcasts possible.”

The Lucketts Foundation is equally excited. “We’ve been presenting bluegrass shows for more than 45 years,” said foundation board member Karen Capell. “COVID-19 has caused us to go dark temporarily so broadcasting past performances on Bluegrass Country is a great opportunity to share the music.”

For more information on Lucketts Bluegrass, go to luckettsbluegrass.org.

Broadcast Schedule

Broadcast DateBand NameDate Recorded at Lucketts
February 19Big Country BluegrassOctober 26, 2013
February 26Danny Paisley & The Southern GrassOctober 5, 2013
March 5Audie Blaylock & RedlineMarch 30, 2013
March 12The Lost & FoundFebruary 16, 2013
March 19Michael Cleveland & FlamekeeperJanuary 19, 2013
March 26The Larry Stephenson BandJanuary 12, 2013
April 2Remington RydeOctober 13, 2012
April 9Kody Norris & The Watuga Mountain Boys
with The Furtado Family (Opening Act)
March 24, 2012
April 16The Dry Branch Fire SquadFebruary 11, 2012
April 23Junior Sisk & Rambler’s ChoiceApril 6, 2013
April 30Gary Brewer & The Kentucky RamblersJanuary 7, 2012

PBS station WETA featured Lucketts Bluegrass in its “Country Music in Washington” series in 2019.  Click the photo to see the video.