BLUES BROTHERS: Guitarist John Abrams performs bluegrass tunes with his brother, fiddler James Abrams. The show for students was a sneak preview of Tuesday night’s performance. (MONA MOORE | Daily News)
BLUES BROTHERS: Guitarist John Abrams performs bluegrass tunes with his brother, fiddler James Abrams. The show for students was a sneak preview of Tuesday night’s performance. (MONA MOORE | Daily News)

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STRING FLING: Abrams Brothers entertain students

Published 9:16pm Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Abrams Brothers treated about 1,000 students Tuesday morning to a preview of their concert Tuesday night at the Washington High School Performing Arts Center.
The show was the fourth act the Beaufort County Concert Association has brought to the area this season. Funds from the Jonathan Havens Charitable Trust and Lee Chevrolet Buick made it possible for students to see the show for free.
The crowd included students from Eastern Elementary, P.S. Jones Middle School and John Small Elementary schools.
Jamyia Laws could not contain her enjoyment. The 6-year-old danced to every song and did her best to sing along.
Dillon Jackson could not pick his favorite part of the show.
“I loved all the songs,” said the Eastern Elementary student.
Six-year-old Jake Woolard was impressed.
“I liked when they played guitar,” he said.
Students bopped to bluegrass tunes and sang along to the duo’s rendition of Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida.” Washington High School Principal Russell Holloman said that was the beauty of the event.
“The concert association gives our kids the opportunity to see different types of music,” he said. “It’s good for cultural diversity to see all of this.”
Fiddler James Abrams said he and his brother enjoy shows like the one Tuesday morning.
“It’s wonderful we got to actually do these outreaches as we tour about,” he said. “It’s a great way to perform for a younger demographic that can either get some inspiration to play an instrument or just enjoy the music.”
The Abrams Brothers ended the show by answering questions from the audience. Students asked for everything from first names to prom dates. Many were visibly disappointed to learn the Canadian brothers did not know Justin Bieber.
“It’s always wonderful because we get such great questions,” James Abrams said after the show. “That prom one was a classic.”
John and James Abrams have learned some things about American culture on the tour. They discovered Golden Corral’s buffet Monday night.
“It was overwhelming,” James said.
The BCCA concert season ends with singers Daniel Rodriguez and Marla Kavanaugh on April 18.

 

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