Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange

One of the biggest commercial acts in the bluegrass world is headed for Salem. Mandolin Orange is set to play Salem Civic Center on Nov. 13.

Today's announcement from the venue comes on the same day that the latest Billboard charts were released, showing that Mandolin Orange is atop the publication's bluegrass album charts for the second consecutive week, 20 weeks after releasing the album "Tides of a Teardrop."

Sunny War will open the show.

Mandolin Orange, which is really as much Americana/folk as it is straight-up bluegrass, topped that chart, too, and also got into the all-genre Billboard Top 200 in February, when it released the album, it's sixth.

The group, led by Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based couple Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz, sold out Lime Kiln Theater in June 2018. Mandolin Orange has played Rooster Walk, Harvester Performance Center and Abingdon's Thursday Jams, as well.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, at $35 and $65 VIP. Get them at the Salem Civic Center box office or Presale tickets to civic center email club members go up at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Meanwhile, Salem Civic Center continues to build on what has turned out to be a very busy booking season. It booked Turnpike Troubadours for an August date that the band itself, in a state of apparent flux, ultimately canceled. The venue teamed up with FloydFest to announce the Dec. 7 "The Big Chill" holiday event, featuring The Isley Brothers, Turkauz and Tony Camm & The Funk Allstars.

Salem Civic Center is the key promoter for the Strings & Things series, Sept. 26-29, featuring Greensky Bluegrass, Perpetual Groove and others at the shed and about town.

And in its regular course of things, it has booked country up-and-comer Cody Johnson for Sept. 14.

Contact Tad Dickens at or 777-6474. Follow him on Twitter: @cutnscratch.  


For the past decade, Tad Dickens has been writing about music. For now, it remains sunshine and rainbows.

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