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Allegheny Drifters will play as part of Science Center series


The Allegheny Drifters will bring their engaging, fast-paced bluegrass music to Carnegie Science Center on Aug. 2 as part of the BLUE! performance series. The show will begin at 1 p.m. in the BLUE! exhibit gallery.

Free with general admission to the Science Center, BLUE! performances are sponsored by Dollar Bank and will be held every Saturday in August.

The Allegheny Drifters have been performing their exciting show for more than a decade. This fun-for-the-whole-family event features strong vocals and intense instrumentals. Their energy, drive, and musicianship have earned the group a national reputation.

The band comprises four members: Bernie Cunningham, Gregg Welty, Bob Artis, and Karen Artis. Cunningham, a born bluegrass vocalist raised on traditional music, is the group’s lead singer and guitarist. Welty, the newest member of the band, is a second-generation banjo player who holds many state and national titles for his work. Veteran mandolinist Bob Artis has been playing since the early 1960s and has played or recorded with bluegrass legends, including Red Allen and Larry Sparks. Native Pittsburgher Karen Artis plays upright bass and adds high harmonies and depth to the band’s vocals.

BLUE! runs through Jan. 1, 2015, and is included with general admission. The immersive, hands-on exhibit features molded foam blocks of all shapes and sizes, from small enough to use on a tabletop to huge enough to climb on – and all blue. Visit for more details.


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