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Hello, I am Adrian McKee.

The Unity Bluegrass Band was a band based in the Chicagoland area from the early 70's to the mid 80's. I was a member (Stand-up Bass player) from 1977 to 1979. At that time, to my knowledge, there were not many Bluegrass bands with African American members. Throughout that time it went from its beginnings as a Jug/Folk Band, to a more traditional Bluegrass Band, to a more *progressive* organization that performed Bluegrass, Country, Rock, Folk, and Jazz. Anyone who had the pleasure of hearing us will remember the energy we created, the music, which was always uplifting, and the jokes... Oh the Jokes. We used to go from one *groaner* to the next, to the next, sometimes forgetting we were supposed to be playing music, but we always made sure everyone had a good time.

As time moves forward I will be editing this site, adding pictures, recordings, information, stories and anything else that comes to mind. Feel free to come back often as I will be making changes (hopefully for the better) to this site.