Punch Brothers return to ASU March 19
Punch Brothers with Aoife O’Donovan will perform at the
Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University on March 19 at 8 p.m. Doors
open at 7 p.m.
Punch Brothers are a New York City-based quintet of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher.
The New Yorker magazine calls their most recent album, “Who’s Feeling Young Now?,” a “mystical alchemy of old-time music and contemporary sensibilities,” as it contains some of the most exhilarating, direct and sonically daring performances the band has ever recorded.
Opening act Aoife O’Donovan will perform songs from her debut solo album, “Fossils,” which was a full decade in the making. O’Donovan’s music resembles the folk traditions she grew up with during her New England childhood.
“This solo album seems like it was a long time coming to me,” O’Donovan said. “I’ve been thinking about it since I was 18 years old.”
The folk and bluegrass of both acts will play into the heritage of the Appalachian region.
“I think we’re a lot more comfortable now playing to our strengths and our bluegrass roots,” Eldridge said. “We kind of came around to a place where that was something we were just as willing to present to the world — it’s obviously part of who we are, always has been — but I feel we’ve been a little reticent, as if playing a simple bluegrass song wasn’t enough. We’ve gotten a lot more comfortable in our skin.”
Tickets are $18 and $12 for general admission and Appalachian students, respectively, and can be purchased at the Schaefer Center box office, by calling (828) 262-4046 or visiting at http://theschaefercenter.org/tickets.
The event is sponsored by Appalachian Popular Programming Society.