The Travelin' McCourys and Billy Strings w/ Special Guests

The Travelin' McCourys and Billy Strings w/ Special Guests

Fri, February 23, 2018

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$20 Advance / $25 Day Of Show

This event is 16 and over

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THE TRAVELIN' McCOURYS ALBUM RELEASE

The Travelin' McCourys are headed west on their first tour dates in support of their debut full length album, which fans have been waiting on for several years. This new wild bunch is bringing a show (and night) to remember with the perfect blend between the traditions of their father, and the more contemporary influences of Garcia, Bush, and Grisman--as well as their peers in the jam band movement--rolled into a sound all their own. The Travelin' McCourys strive to bring the best of all worlds: listening room quality music, but in an atmosphere where fans can cut loose and have fun.

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The Travelin' McCourys
The Travelin' McCourys
The Travelin' McCourys are headed west on their first tour dates in support of their debut full length album, which fans have been waiting on for several years. This new wild bunch is bringing a show (and night) to remember with the perfect blend between the traditions of their father, and the more contemporary influences of Garcia, Bush, and Grisman--as well as their peers in the jam band movement--rolled into a sound all their own. The Travelin' McCourys strive to bring the best of all worlds: listening room quality music, but in an atmosphere where fans can cut loose and have fun.

The Travelin' McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It's always different, always exciting, and always great music.

No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father's work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people's lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.

They recently played with the Allman Brothers at Wanee Fest and then brought the house down at Warren Haynes' Annual Christmas Jam, an invitation only Southern Rock homecoming. Their jam with the Lee Boys was hailed by many as the highlight of the evening, and once word of the live video hit the streets, sent new fans online to watch a supercharged combination of sacred steel, R&B, and bluegrass. They've also performed with Warren Haynes, Phish, and have a tour scheduled with the aforementioned Lee Boys. Ronnie McCoury described it as "peanut butter and jelly." It was just right.

They can push forward so far because their roots are so deep. The band has a confidence that only comes with having paid their dues with twenty years on the bluegrass road. Other groups and new fans hear this immediately—the tight rhythm, the soulful material, and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters.

Ronnie says, "We like to go in and play traditional bluegrass music the way we do it with Dad, but we also like to be able to step into situations where we can really stretch out. If we need to plug in, we'll plug in. We're open to anything."

It's that attitude, backed up by talent, that marks great musicians, traditional or progressive. The Travelin' McCourys are twenty-first century musical pilgrims and adventurers. They're onto something new, just like Bill Monroe was in the 1940s, but now we can see and hear that adventure live or online. Go see them, or—if you hold still long enough—they'll come to you.
Billy Strings
Billy Strings
"Imagine taking a hardcore heavy metal band like Pantera and cramming all that energy into the body of a 23-year-old bluegrass guitarist. That's Billy Strings. He tears up the stage during his set, grimacing, growling, head-banging and tearing the holy sh*t out of a set of super-charged Americana. Kid can pick! DAMN can he pick! It's acoustic music with a punk edge and a lot of youthful enthusiasm and, oh man, that PICKING! Strings covers a wide variety of classic tunes and songs in his show, from a slow-burning cover of 'Wild Bill Jones' to a raw cover of 'Cocaine Blues' or picking delights like 'Red Haired Boy' and 'Soldier's Joy.' But the standout track is the opening song, 'Dust in a Baggie,' a cleverly written mountain song about meth that manages to take a very current and destructive issue and translate it into the bluegrass vernacular. It's a tour-de-force, written by Strings himself, and is the moment you realize just how far this kid's gonna go." — D.L. "THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION"
Venue Information:
Aggie Theatre
204 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
http://www.aggietheatre.com/