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Cleveland County native Earl Scruggs didn't invent the three-finger style of banjo picking, but he revolutionized bluegrass by smoothing out his rolls into a regular rhythmic pattern, emphasizing the melody. Scruggs' "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" won a Grammy in '69. His latest, Earl Scruggs and Friends, includes Sting, Elton John, Melissa Etheridge and Steve Martin. He's back on the road, celebrating his 80th birthday with a tour around the nation. The show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 ($35 NCMA and PineCone members) for reserved seats and $25 ($20 NCMA and PineCone members) for general admission. Children ages 2--12 get in for $5.

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