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George Portz brings Roots of Bluegrass Show to SWIC

The Worthing10s Family Bluegrass Band recently performed at Oak Hill senior center in Waterloo. From left, Matthew, Emily, Joy, Nathanael and Lucas (hidden) harmonize. The band will open for George Portz and Friends of Bluegrass.
The Worthing10s Family Bluegrass Band recently performed at Oak Hill senior center in Waterloo. From left, Matthew, Emily, Joy, Nathanael and Lucas (hidden) harmonize. The band will open for George Portz and Friends of Bluegrass. mhouston@bnd.com

The grass is always bluer on George Portz’s side of the fence.

You can find out why when George and Friends of Bluegrass join forces with The Worthing10s Family Bluegrass Band for a toe-tappin’ “Roots of Bluegrass Show” Friday in the Southwestern Illinois College Theater.

The Worthing10s are Susan and Dale Worthington’s 10 children. Seven of them will perform at SWIC, including 7-year-old Judith, who brings audiences to their feet with her yodeling, Judith started yodeling after hearing a yodeler at a George Portz bluegrass festival.

“We’ve been playing with him through the years,” Susan Worthington said in a December interview. “He has a singer who yodels. Judith was four when she heard this lady yodel. One day, we heard her in the shower. She can parrot anything she hears. We said, ‘Judith, you need to do that in public.’ She was shy. On our new gospel CD (they have two), we have her yodeling. People say, ‘We came to hear you guys, but we had to hear that little yodeler.’”

The Worthing10s are the opening act at 7 p.m.

Afterward, National “Open” Fiddle Champion Portz and Friends of Bluegrass will take over with “Orange Blossom Special,” “Rocky Top” and other favorites. George also serves as emcee and intersperses his music with jokes. The cornier the better.

For more information, go to www.GeorgePortzBluegrass.com.

Tickets are $6 and must be reserved by calling Student Activities at 618-235-2700, extension 5205. No tickets will be sold at the door.

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