On January 12, 1974, the first bluegrass show was held at the Old Lucketts Schoolhouse, now known as the Lucketts Community Center. Since then, a concert has been held every Saturday night between October and April except during the last week in December.
Today, the concerts continue much as they were in the early years, except for the identity of the musicians standing on stage. Many current performers such as Larry Stephenson, Danny Paisley and Ronnie Reno to name just a few, are sons and daughters of the first generation of Lucketts pickers. Ralph Stanley, Larry Sparks, The Seldom Scene and other top names in bluegrass have appeared at Lucketts. Lucketts patrons still can hear nationally known performers as well as a good number of local and regional bands in an intimate setting.
The Old Schoolhouse shows are run by volunteers who make up the non-profit Lucketts Bluegrass Foundation. The bands are paid from the admissions collected at the gate, of which they receive most of the proceeds. Our loyal fans also benefit by seeing first-rate bluegrass at a modest price, and of course, the Foundation benefits by being able to sponsor the shows and keep the tradition going.
Lucketts Bluegrass is a 503(C) non-profit corporation that is sponsored in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and patrons, like yourself.