Before assembling his award-winning band, Quicksilver, National Heritage Fellow Doyle Lawson earned his keep playing with Jimmy Martin, banjoist J.D. Crowe, and the legendary Country Gentlemen. He formed Quicksilver in 1979 and since then, the band has served as a sort of “farm team” for a host of acclaimed bluegrass pickers and singers, including Terry Baucom, Lou Reid and Jaimie Dailey. Regardless of lineup, Lawson’s bands are notable for superb picking, strong harmonies and distinctive lead singing. The band has garnered an impressive array of awards, including seven consecutive trophies as IBMA’s top vocal group, 2001 through 2007. Today and Saturday, the band hosts the 33rd annual Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Bluegrass Music Festival at the Denton Farm Park in Denton. Performers include Mountain Heart, Blue Highway, Paul Williams and the Victory Trio, Lonesome River Band and others. For schedules, see www.farmpark.com/doyle-lawson-bluegrass/.
• Asheville’s rising-star bluegrass band, Town Mountain, appears tonight at Merritt Store in Chapel Hill, while Phil Cook and the Guitarheels reprise Ry Cooder’s 1972 classic album, “Boomer’s Story,” at Haw River Ballroom. The Boys from Carolina with guest banjoist Tommy Edwards play bluegrass Saturday at the Bluegrass Barn in Benson. And Alice Gerrard celebrates release of her latest album Sunday at the ArtsCenter.