SPRINGFIELD – The Bing Arts Center at 716 Sumner Ave. is pleased to present the Ephemeral String Band for a performance on April 3, at 8 p.m., with the doors open at 7:30 p.m.
The band draws from several branches of traditional American music including old-time string band, early country, bluegrass, and Shape Note sacred hymns. They combine skillful instrumental playing with close harmony singing, creating a sound that is grounded in the past while adding to the living musical tradition. $5. Refreshments will be available.
The Ephemeral String Band is Molly Merrett – guitar, vocals, banjo, fiddle – Maggie Shar – banjo, guitar, vocals – and Tim Dolan – mandolin, guitar, banjo, vocals.
The Bing Arts Center, located in Springfield’s Forest Park neighborhood, is a multi-use hub for community cultural activity. Originally Kossaboom’s Service Station, the Bing Theater opened in 1950 and served several generations of area residents until 1999 when it was taken by the city of Springfield for non-payment of taxes. The “X” Main Street Corporation (XMSC), a 501 c 3 non-profit, purchased the property from the City in 2004 for renovation and development as a community arts center to create a catalyst for economic development and improved quality of life.