Capitol tunes up bluegrass summer

American bluegrass music dates back to traditional English and Scottish tunes, with Appalachian and African-American songs part of the mix too.

Promoting this tradition locally is the Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association (, which hosts a summer Bluegrass Festival each year. The 2012 version will be held July 6-8 at the Boonville-Oneida County Fairgrounds.

But, bluegrass fans won’t have to wait until July to enjoy the twang of their favorite musicians and bands.

That’s because the Mohawk Valley Bluegrass Association will present its first indoor Bluegrass Festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the Capitol Theater, 220 W. Dominick St. Admission is $10 for adults. Children under age 16 accompanied by an adult are free.

The decision to hold an indoor bluegrass festival in the landmark Capitol excites organizers.

"This is one of the premier venues in Central NY," said association president Dick Satterly, "and folks will enjoy seeing and hearing some great music in a wonderful setting."

Four bands are featured: Lake Effect Bluegrass, Diamond Someday from the Syracuse area, Off the Wall and the Atkinson Family Bluegrass Band from Harrisville in Lewis County.

For a special preview of a rare type of Americana, check out the bluegrass show Friday at the Capitol.