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ASC Presents Punch Brothers and Béla Fleck: My Bluegrass Heart

ASC Presents Punch Brothers and Béla Fleck: My Bluegrass Heart

Dec 11th 20226:00pm

One of the most ambitious string bands to emerge in the early 21st century, the Punch Brothers built their sound on a platform of virtuosic instrumentalism and dazzling arrangements. Formed in the late 2000s after the dissolution of mandolinist Chris Thile’s former band, Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers’ amalgam of bluegrass energy, classical complexity, and jazzy improvisation was immediately apparent.     

All but one of the band’s albums have topped the Billboard Bluegrass charts while also making the strong crossover into the pop, rock, and folk charts. A roots music supergroup, Punch Brothers made their debut at Carnegie Hall and were the subject of the 2011 documentary, “How to Grow a Band”. Their fifth album, 2018’s “All Ashore”, won the Grammy Award for Best Folk Album and they followed it in early 2022 with the tribute set “Hell on Church Street, “ a reimagining of bluegrass great Tony Rice’s landmark solo album.

Over the last four decades, Béla Fleck has made a point of boldly going where no banjo player has gone before, a musical journey that has earned him 15 Grammy Awards in nine different fields, including Country, Pop, Jazz, Instrumental, Classical and World Music. But his roots are in bluegrass, and that’s where he returns with his first bluegrass tour in 24 years, My Bluegrass Heart.

Through the long and lauded course of his unique creative run, Fleck – the world’s premier banjo virtuoso and a celebrated musical adventurer – has both dug deep into his instrument’s complex global history. My Bluegrass Heart is a homecoming in sound, to be sure.

“Béla Fleck has taken banjo playing to some very unlikely places — not just bluegrass and country and “newgrass,” but also into classical concertos, jazz and a documentary about the banjo’s deep African roots

    ASC Presents Punch Brothers and Béla Fleck: My Bluegrass Heart

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