HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Grammy Award-winning bluegrass artist Rhonda Vincent and The Rage will perform July 3 on the Tanyard Gardens stage in conjunction with Hannibal's National Tom Sawyer Days.
The Hannibal Bicentennial Committee and the Hannibal Jaycees are bringing Vincent to Hannibal as part of a special 2019 concert series to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the city's founding.
Vincent is a Northeast Missouri native who has gone on to receive national acclaim for her singing, song writing and instrumental performances of bluegrass music.
The Wall Street Journal dubbed Vincent "the new queen of bluegrass," and she has performed many times at the Grand Ole Opry and appeared on recordings with Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, Tanya Tucker and other big names in country and bluegrass music.
In 2017, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage won a Grammy Award in the Best Bluegrass Album category for "All the Rage -- In Concert Volume One (Live)."
Vincent was born in Kirksville and raised in nearby Greentop, the oldest of three children in a musical family. She grew up singing and playing with her family's band, which became known as the Sally Mountain Show.
Even after Vincent's individual bluegrass music career took off, she has continued to return to Schuyler County each summer to perform at her family's Sally Mountain Park Bluegrass Festival near Queen City in early July.
Vincent previously performed in Hannibal in 2012 for the Music Under the Stars concert series. In 2011, she was one of many artists who performed for a double CD, "Mark Twain: Words and Music," which told about Twain's life in spoken word and song.
Cindy Lovell, event coordinator for Hannibal's bicentennial celebration, remembers how Vincent and The Rage enthralled a big crowd with their 2012 performance outside Twain's boyhood home.
"She came to Hannibal and, boy oh boy, it was something," Lovell said.
The July 3 concert is slated to begin at 7 p.m., with the gate opening at 5:30. Tickets can be bought at the gate, online at hannibaljaycees.org or in person at the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau, 105 North Third.