The Del McCoury Band (7:30PM)

Vince Gill says it simply, and maybe best: “I’d rather hear Del McCoury sing ‘Are You Teasing Me’ than just about anything.” For fifty years, Del’s music has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans-count Gill among them-as well as a growing number of fans among those only vaguely familiar with the genre.

“It gives hope to everybody-fifty years is a long time to be playing music in any field,” says another fan, Elvis Costello. “But to keep the purity that you need to do this kind of music, and the drive and the energy …takes a special kind of guy.” And indeed, McCoury is something special, a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honkytonks, schoolhouse shows and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, yet also a commandingly vital presence today, from prime time and late night talk show TV to music festivals where audiences number in the hundreds of thousands. “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 Americana music icon Richard Thompson, who saw his “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” turned into a bluegrass standard when McCoury brought it into the fold. “I think that’s the best bluegrass band, period. That’s it.”

Crying Uncle

Crying Uncle is a bluegrass duo band from Northern California, consisting of the Quale brothers Miles (age 13, on fiddle) and Teo (age 11, on mandolin), in collaboration with guest musicians. The brothers, who are state and national fiddle and mandolin champions, have been featured on NPR’s The California Report and performed at venues such as IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Festival and CBA’s Fathers Day Bluegrass Festival. They are joined by fellow Rambling Minors bandmate Andrew Osborn, age 14, on bass. Known for his rock-solid rhythm and fiery bass solos, Andrew has had guest appearances with a number of Bay Area bluegrass bands, including Crying Uncle, 35 Years of Trouble, and Savannah Blu, and is a regular member of the band Festival Speed.

$30 ADV / $34 DOOR (plus fees)


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