Arts and Entertainment

Sallal Grange hosts Ickes and Hurst in rare West Coast concert

North Bend's Sallal Grange will host a concert by acclaimed Nashville musicians Rob Ickes and Jim Hurst, in a rare west-coast appearance by the pair. The show will start at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6 at the Grange Hall, 12912 432nd Ave. S.E.

Many people are familiar with the flatpicking and guitar antics of Hurst, and resophonic (aka dobro) guitar hero Ickes is a musical pleasure. Both musicians can play any style, from bluegrass (of course) to swing, jazz, blues and other acoustic music. The concert will include some of their original music, as well.

Two-time IBMA Guitar Player of the Year, Hurst was raised with a guitar in his hands, with early influences from flat-pickers such as Tony Rice, George Shuffler, Doc Watson and Clarence White. The finger-style playing of Merle Travis, Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed provided a turn in the road for him. Those varied influences and a broad vocal range have given him a signature sound. He has performed with Trisha Yearwood, Sara Evens, Claire Lynch, Missy Raines, David Grisman, Holly Dunn, and many other artists.

Ickes is a Grammy recipient and founder of the award-winning bluegrass group Blue Highway, and the eclectic jazz group, Three Ring Circle. He was named this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association’s Dobro Player of the Year, an award that he’s won 14 times, making him the most awarded instrumentalist in the history of IBMA. Ickes has performed and collaborated with a wide range of artists including Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless, Merle Haggard, David Lee Roth, Willie Nelson Dolly Parton, Mary Chapin Carpenter, David Grisman, Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs, and many others.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Food and beverages will be available.

Tickets can be purchased online at or at the door. For more information, visit


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