Roots pop Front Country has forged a sound hell bent on merging the musical past of bluegrass with the future. Melding traditional acoustic instruments with modern pop, their peculiar aesthetic produces songs that are intricate, intense and infectious. Their unique blend rises from a bassist equally versed in newgrass and jazz; a mandolinist with a degree in composition and classical guitar; a guitarist trained in rock and world music; a violinist that can seamlessly hop between honky tonk and electropop; and a multi-instrumental female lead singer-songwriter with grit and soul. It’s not a sound based on current trends, but an innovative perspective looking to find a new audience. Their progressive-leaning acoustic music won them first prize at both Rocky Grass and Telluride Bluegrass Festivals before being invited to tour legendary anchors such as Old Settlers and MerleFest.
General Admission Early Bird (until 3/29/19): $20. Please visit the event website for more information and to purchase tickets.
Western swing supergroup Asleep at the Wheel brings 40-plus years of experience to its unique combination of American blues, swing and traditional fiddling with demanding musical chops. Founder Ray Benson calls it “jazz with a cowboy hat,” and has played a foundational role in making it the living and creative genre of music that it is today. They dominate the “Country Instrumental” category with 10 Grammy awards, 20 studio albums, and 20 singles on the Billboard country charts, in addition to receiving the “Lifetime Achievement in Performance” from the American Music Awards. The band, originally from Paw Paw, West Virginia, now bases itself out of Austin, Texas. They come to Crested Butte with a new 2018 album – New Roots.
General Admission Early Bird (until 3/7//19): $40.
Wildly creative pro-surfer and guitarist Donavon Frankenreiter’s music hums with beach-oriented vibes that will have you dancing in the aisles and glowing with the sunshine of spring. His music drips with his honey thick vocals and master guitar work, bearing all the intimacy of an impromptu back-porch performance and the tenderness of a treasured love letter. Donavon’s newest album, The Heart, showcases some of his most intimate, honest and sentimental song-crafting. The emotions here have an ease, familiarity and confidence about them that only comes from experience as he tackles love and loss, faith and joy, self-examination and freedom.
Please visit the event website for more information and to purchase tickets. General Admission Early Bird (until 2/24/19): $30.
One of the most influential modern stars in Texas’ long country-music tradition, legendary troubadour Pat Green once again brings his sold-out show to the Center. Since 1995, Pat has released 13 albums, and sold more than two million records, racking up a staggering 12 Number Ones on the Texas Radio chart (including his most-recent single, “Drinkin’ Days”). He’s been nominated for three Grammy awards and is still regarded as one of the most electrifying entertainers on tour, covering millions of miles and filling venues like the historic Gruene Hall and the massive Houston Astrodome with equal ease. Even mainstream stars like Willie Nelson, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban and Dave Matthews have taken Green out on the road, recognizing the mass appeal of his everyday anthems, dedicated to the simple joys and inevitable heartbreaks of the American experience. Pat’s trailblazing songs have been instrumental in putting Texas country on the map, paving the way for scores of other artists who share his passion for authenticity. Pat plays with his full band for this concert.
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The prolific new standard-bearers of the psychedelic roots torch, Chris Robinson Brotherhood bring their shimmering acid-Americana once again to the Center stage. Overflowing with stunning musicianship and infectious energy, their latest album, Barefoot in the Head, pushes even more boundaries as Robinson and the band deftly intertwine country, blues and psychedelia, freewheeling 60s folk, and a breakneck stream of consciousness blurring the lines between fantasy and reality. It revels in the kind of adventurousness that only comes from five artists tuned into the same sonic wavelength. Rolling Stone calls their newest endeavor “… good-time music on an end-times mission.” Chris Robinson Brotherhood is Neal Casal (guitar), Tony Leone (drums), Adam MacDougall (keyboards), and Jeff Hill (bass). Two tiers of VIP packages are available with a pre-show Meet & Greet, personal photograph with Chris Robinson, specialized CRB memorabilia, and much more. Please find VIP ticket details and pricing on the events website.
Early Bird Tickets $40 (until 1/24/18).