Sam Bush Band w/ Dave Bruzza (Greensky Bluegrass)

Brother Scoo and The Aggie Present

Sam Bush Band w/ Dave Bruzza (Greensky Bluegrass)

Thu, March 15, 2018

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

$30 Advance / $35 Day Of Show

This event is 16 and over

Sam Bush
Sam Bush
If joy were a person, he’d bring both peace and frenzy. He’d be full of music, light, and energy that soothes even as it stirs us up. Eyes closed, wire-rim glasses in place, mandolin pressed against his ribs, joy would be Sam Bush on a stage.

“I feel fortunate that when it’s time to play, no matter how I feel physically or mentally, once the downbeat starts, my mind goes to a place that’s all music,” says Bush. “The joy of the music comes to me and overtakes me sometimes––I just become part of the music.”

That rapt merging of life and art fills Bush’s new album Storyman, a freewheeling collection that gleefully picks and chooses from jazz, folk, blues, reggae, country swing, and bluegrass to create a jubilant noise only classifiable as the Sam Bush sound. Many of the songs are stories––several of them true––and the legendary mandolin player co-wrote every one of them with friends including Guy Clark, Emmylou Harris, Jon Randall Stewart, Jeff Black, and others.

“I’m hoping it just kind of flows for people and makes them go, ‘Hey! It’s a Sam record. It sounds like Sam and the band,’” Bush says. “But for the first time ever, I also find myself thinking, ‘I hope you enjoy the stories.’ It’s my singer-songwriter record.”

The Father of Newgrass and King of Telluride has long since established himself as roots royalty, revered for both his solo and sideman work, which includes time with Harris, Lyle Lovett, and Béla Fleck. But instead of kicking back and soaking up honors such as an Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award and suite of Grammys and International Bluegrass Music Association trophies, Bush still strives relentlessly to create something new.

Raised on a farm just outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Bush grew up plowing tobacco fields in the Southern summer heat alongside his family. He started playing mandolin when he was 11 years old. “I believe growing up on a farm probably helped me channel my energy into learning music and being so interested in it,” Bush says. “Me and my sisters, we all loved it. I’ve often wondered if that’s because growing up on a farm, you couldn’t go ride your bike all over town and horse around like the other kids.”

For Bush, a lifetime of channeling his energy has led to stylistic innovations that have changed the course of bluegrass and roots music alike.
Dave Bruzza
Dave Bruzza
Dave, or Bruzza as he's better known, has been in love with music since he was born. Raised in Michigan on records his mother and father owned, including The Beatles, Willie Nelson, and Leon Russell to name a few. Starting around 1986, he would put headphones on and play drums along with his favorite records, as time went on he developed a taste for bluegrass music, and as the joke goes, he said "If I'm gonna play guitar, I'm going to play bluegrass guitar." From that point there was no turning back. With his friends, Mike Bont and Paul Hoffman, they began to learn how to play bluegrass. From open mic's to parties, and in Bont's basement in Kalamazoo, MI, they developed together. Greensky Bluegrass was born. Here and now, Dave has also come into his own as a solo performer and collaborator when not on the road with Greensky. He now makes his home in Denver, Colorado, look for more solo performances and collaborations in the Rocky Mountain region during breaks in Greensky's touring schedule.
Venue Information:
Aggie Theatre
204 South College Avenue
Fort Collins, CO, 80524