City Paper is not for tourists
After growing up in rural West Virginia, a young person might consider leaving the mountains for broader opportunities closer to urban civilization. But Bud’s Collective, a bluegrass quartet based in the town of Wardensville, embraces the traditions of its home state with lush instrumentation and historical lyrics that recall the Civil War. The members—guitarist and vocalist Buddy Dunlap, mandolin player Jack Dunlap, banjo player Gina Clowes, and upright bassist Cody Brown—don’t just stick to the basics, though: Their catalog also includes bluegrass covers of songs by Stevie Wonder and Alabama, though a take on John Denver’s ode to their state, “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” has yet to make it into their regular set. Bud’s Collective comes to the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage as part of a partnership with Listen Local First. And since the Kennedy Center looks out over the Potomac River, which winds down from West Virginia, the urban setting will still feel like home. Bud’s Collective performs at 6 p.m. at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, 2700 F St. NW. Free. (202) 467-4600. kennedy-center.org.