7 p.m.

Bluegrass at the Rock: Authentic Unlimited on Oct. 7, 2023, 7 p.m.

400 Main St West



"Authentic Unlimited Band announces their new group which will offer a powerful and energetic approach to bluegrass music.

The band will bring a fresh, new image complete with a combination of years of musical experience. They plan to give a genuine East Tennessee feel to this musical genre. Jerry Cole, Eli Johnston and Stephen Burwell were members of Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver until Lawson announced his retirement. With Lawson’s blessing and guidance, the three decided to pick up the torch and carry it forward.

The roster was made complete with the addition of sensational vocalist John Meador and mandolin extraordinaire Jesse Brock. Each member of Authentic Unlimited can contribute their musical development through years of experience which began at an early age. Jerry, Eli and John each share the spotlight as lead vocalist during their performances. Each band member enjoys writing songs which the band will be performing, giving the band additional authenticity and an unlimited number of original material. Jerry plays bass, sings both lead and harmony. At the time of this publication, his artistic portfolio was comprised of 553 original songs. Eli plays banjo, singing lead and harmony. He also has written several songs, two of which were recorded with Lawson’s band. John plays guitar and sings lead and harmony. According to John, he was singing before he learned to walk. Stephen loves to make his fiddle sing. He serves as the recording engineer for the band. Jesse has received the International Bluegrass Music Association Mandolin Player of the Year Award twice in his career and adds his special skillset to the group.

Authentic Unlimited is unique in the fact that they write, record and produce their music. Audiences should expect a crisp, professional and entertaining performance. In the coming months, look for this bluegrass band to skyrocket." -From the Authentic Unlimited Media Release

The Old Rock School in Valdese, North Carolina has become well-known throughout the nation for its outstanding bluegrass concerts. The 500 seat auditorium is the perfect place to hear all of your favorites. All of us at the Old Rock School are very excited about the 2023-2024 season featuring an impressive lineup of talented bands. The handicap entrance is located at the side of the building (elevator).