Noam Pikelny & friends
Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)Punch Brothers virtuoso banjo player, winner of the first Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music $22.50 advance / $24.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
May 23 8:00 pm

Noam PikelnyBanjo whiz Noam Pikelny takes his instrument to new levels of intensity, incorporating contemporary elements with a classic old-time drive. His extraordinary playing has made waves in Leftover Salmon, the John Cowan Band, and more recently in envelope-pushing americana chamber group the Punch Brothers, as well as on his solo projects like the recent CD, Beat the Devil & Carry a Rail.

Noam played for two years in Boulder's iconic jam band, Leftover Salmon, leaving them to join the progressive bluegrass virtuosi of the John Cowan Band in 2004. In 2006, he joined Chris Thile of Nickel Creek in forming the forward-thinking string quintet that eventually settled on the name the Punch Brothers. In 2010 Noam won the inaugural Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, and he made a memorable appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman, playing a comedic version of "Dueling Banjos" alongside Martin.

In the words of legendary banjo player Bela Fleck, "He's already better than most banjo payers on the planet, but where he could go is what becomes very interesting." Find out tonight, when Noam makes his Freight debut ably accompanied by Aoife O'Donovan (vocals), Chris Eldridge (guitar), Luke Bulla (fiddle), Dominick Leslie (mandolin), and Sam Grisman (bass)!

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