A new bluegrass documentary -- "Flamekeeper: The Michael Cleveland Story" -- will be shown free in the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum's Woodward Theatre on March 16.

Cleveland, who's won the International Bluegrass Music Association's fiddle player of the year award 11 times, will be there for a question/answer session with the fans.

He and his band, Flamekeeper, will perform in Woodward Theatre that night.

Carly Smith, the Hall of Fame's marketing director, said tickets will not be issued for the 2 p.m. screening of the new documentary.

Seats will be on a first-come, first-served basis, she said.

The question/answer session is scheduled for 3:30 p.m.

The concert is at 7 p.m.

The film, which had its premiere last month at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville, is about Cleveland's overcoming the challenges of being born blind and losing 80 percent of the hearing in his left ear -- and rising to the heights of bluegrass stardom.

Director John Presley said in a news release, "I learned that our visually impaired friends see the world in an entirely different way. One of my goals was to create a film that Michael would be able to experience and enjoy through sound alone."

The concert and film showing are both in conjunction with the Kentucky Fried Pickin' jam festival at the Holiday Inn that weekend.

Kings Highway will perform in the Hall of Fame's lobby at 6 p.m. on March 16 just before the Cleveland concert.

Tickets for the concert are $21.

They are available at bluegrasshall.org.

Keith Lawrence, 270-691-7301, klawrence@messenger-inquirer.com

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