Bluegrass Bash: RFD Boys Entertain At A Benefit For The Dexter Senior Center





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Saturday, May 5 at 6pm, the Dexter Senior Center will host its annual fundraiser at Columbus Hall, 8665 Dexter-Chelsea Road in Dexter. The RFD Boys will take center stage this year after Westside Barbeque delights guests with a gourmet dinner buffet.

Many community contributors are coming together to make this event a financial success for the DSC. At 6:30pm, the very popular Westside Barbeque will be providing a delicious dinner of smoked brisket, pulled pork, barbecued chicken, collard greens, cheesy potatoes, and more. There will be a cash bar with craft beers and wine provided. At 8pm the band will take the stage and the dance floor will open.

The RFD Boys have been delighting downtown Ann Arbor audiences since 1969 when they began playing at Mr. Floods Party on Liberty Street. In 1972, they began a 12-year run at the Pretzel Bell where they played to packed audiences three nights a week, 50 weeks a year.  When the P-Bell closed, they moved to the Ark where they have been the house bluegrass band for the past 34 years and counting.

Over the years, they have gone on the road to Germany, Austria, Monaco, Malta, New Zealand, and Australia.  With an appearance on the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited, with songs recorded by the likes of the Country Gentlemen, and with performances alongside bluegrass greats like Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley, the RFD Boys are a part of America’s bluegrass tradition.

One of southeastern Michigan’s most durable musical ensembles, they are very much a local tradition, too.  The RFD Boys have performed many times at Dexter Daze, often preceding another legendary local band, George Bedard and the Kingpins.

For the upcoming performance at the Dexter Senior Center, George Bedard has offered to sit in for a few songs, marking a historic first-ever collaboration.

By the year 2025, there will be nearly twice as many older adults as school age children residing in Washtenaw County.  Keeping this growing senior population fit both physically and mentally is a challenge that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. At the Dexter Senior Center, these challenges have become opportunities to engage seniors in a wide variety of activities focused on the health and well- being of mind and body. In addition to administering the Meals on Wheels program 5 days per week, the center hosts a nutritious congregate lunch, fitness classes, yoga, reflexology, dulcimer and ukulele instruction, acrylic painting, weaving, a host of social activities and games.

The 250-member Dexter Senior Center is a 501(C)3 non-profit which relies on a $20 a year membership fee, donations, grants, and funding from the Area Agency on Aging 1-B.

General admission tickets are $50 each; $75 for reserved seating, and are available at the Dexter Senior Center, 7720 Ann Arbor Street, Dexter, 48130, (734) 426-7737. All ages are welcome and there will be room on the dance floor for children, seniors, neighbors, and friends.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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