Seldom Scene bluegrass band at Boothbay Harbor Opera House

The band’s only New England show this summer
Posted:  Tuesday, July 25, 2017 - 1:00pm

What does it take for a bluegrass band to remain popular for more than four decades? For The Seldom Scene, it’s taken not only talented musicians, a signature sound, and a solid repertoire, but also a sheer sense of fun. The longtime pillars of the bluegrass world, recognition of their stature, and tenure, were recently invited to record for the Smithsonian. On Friday, Aug. 4, the Grammy-nominated Seldom Scene will be seen and heard on the historic Opera House stage in Boothbay Harbor.

Over 40 years since they began playing together at weekly jam sessions in former member Ben Eldridge’s Bethesda, Maryland basement, The Seldom Scene have become one of the single greatest contributors to the progression of bluegrass while setting a new standard and attracting new audiences to the genre. Their legendary weekly DC-area residencies included bluegrass versions of country music, rock, and even classical pop. The band's popularity soon forced them to play more than once a week—but they continued to maintain their image as being seldom seen, and on several of their early album covers were photographed with the stage lights on only their feet, or with their backs to the camera. The Seldom Scene have performed at the White House many times, and continue to tour year-round. For more on the band visit

Despite their long touring history, the Aug. 4 show marks their first appearance at the Opera House. They often tour south of the Mason Dixon line, and their Opera House concert is their only New England appearance this summer.

Tickets for The Seldom Scene are $27 in advance or $32 on the day of the show. There is a $2 per ticket handling fee.

The Opera House box office is open Tuesday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 86 Townsend Avenue, or by calling 633-5159. Tickets and information are also available online at Doors for seating open at 7 p,m,, Seldom Scene brings their bluegrass sound to the stage at 7:30.

Event Date: 
Fri, 08/04/2017 - 7:30pm
86 Townsend Avenue
Boothbay Harbor  Maine  04538