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Show Information We are sold out of advance tickets for Mary Chapin Carpenter on 10/14 and 10/15, Iris DeMent on 10/24, and Mary Black on 11/1. We have tickets available in advance and at the door for all other shows.
Bluegrass legend Del McCoury turned 75 this year, and to celebrate he’s playing with David Grisman at the Freight! They met in the spring of 1963 at New York University in Greenwich Village when Del played his first gig with Bill Monroe, and they’ve enjoyed an enduring bluegrass friendship ever since. Their album Del & Dawg is one of those classics you can listen to again and again with delight. The joy of two masters making beautiful, intricate, soul-nourishing music together comes through in every note. Tonight is a rare chance to see these two virtuosos perform their musical magic live!
Del is not only a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honkytonks, schoolhouses, and on stage at the Grand Ole Opry – he’s also a commandingly vital presence who transcends the usual limits of age, instrument, and genre. His classic songs include “High on a Mountain,” “Are You Teasing Me,” “Rain and Snow,” and “Good Man Like Me.” Earlier this year, he picked up his second Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for The Streets of Baltimore. “Here’s a guy who has been playing for fifty years, and he’s still experimenting, still looking to do things outside the box, to bring other kinds of music into bluegrass form,” says the brilliant guitarist and songwriter Richard Thompson, who saw his “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” turned into a bluegrass standard when Del brought it into the fold. That’s the thing about Del. Bluegrass isn’t a dusty fossil to be preserved in a case – it’s living, breathing, and changing, and he’s changing with it, extending the tradition he’s part of, keeping bluegrass a music of the moment, celebrating what’s eternal.
David is not only one of the all-time great mandolin players, he’s one of the all-time great listeners. In concert, he tunes in to the music around him and provides whatever is needed. He got his start in bluegrass back in 1964 with Red Allen and the Kentuckians, and co-founded the Even Dozen Jug Band with John Sebastian and Maria Muldaur, and Old and in the Way with Peter Rowan and Jerry Garcia. Since then, he’s gone on to explore jazz and swing and just about every other musical influence in his own unique brand of what he calls “dawg” music, a highly intricate, richly textured blend of styles and traditions from around the world. He’s played with everyone from Hal Blaine to Stephane Grapelli, and the dawg is never less than dazzling.
Tonight, expect bluegrass at its finest, from two of the finest in bluegrass.