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Bluegrass under the Stars Concert is April 4; College Partners with CMT to Promote Empowering Education Initiative

PENDLETON --- Tri-County Technical College's 10th Annual Bluegrass under the Stars concert is set for Saturday, April 4, at the Pendleton Campus.

The free concert and fireworks event for the family is held annually in conjunction with the town of Pendleton's annual Spring Jubilee celebration.   The event will be held from 6 - 10 p.m. in Parking Lot B adjacent to Fulp Hall.  It will be held rain or shine (rain location is College's Student Center).

This concert continues to feature award-winning veteran performers, as well as up-and-coming bluegrass artists.  A new face for the concert will be Country Music Television (CMT), who has partnered with the College to promote its Empowering Education initiative.  CMT is providing the concert headliner, Nashville-based quintet Humming House, recently named as one of the Peak Musical Performers of 2014 by a Huffington Post reporter.  

Promotional material describes them as "woven together from diverse backgrounds (Americana, classical composition, bluegrass, soul and traditional Irish music), Humming House's playground of musical exploration has something for every generation."

In addition to Humming House, the concert will feature fan favorites Volume Five, Mountain Faith and Last Road.

Tri-County's academic departments will offer information and fun activities for concert-goers.

The concert will end with a fireworks extravaganza.  Concessions will be sold during the event. 

Tri-County is one of 14 community colleges nationwide selected to participate as a partner in Country Music Television (CMT)'s Empowering Education campaign.  The comprehensive campaign provides an online resource, CMTEmpoweringEducation.com, to aid viewers in overcoming commonly perceived obstacles to furthering their education. 

 "We are honored to be selected to participate in the CMT Empowering Education Campaign," said Dr. Ronnie L. Booth, president of Tri-County. "CMT understands there are people right here in the Upstate who don't truly understand that a college education is possible for them.  CMT will help us to reach audiences we haven't been able to reach in the past," he said.

For more information, visit www.tctc.edu/bluegrass.