The Department of Music presents a festival of bluegrass and American roots music.

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The Department of Music presents its annual Bluegrass and American Roots Festival featuring Grammy Award winner Peter Rowan with Appalachian Swing and The McLain Family band in concert. Denison’s Bluegrass and American Roots Ensemble will open each concert with a short set. Tickets required where indicated.

Saturday night’s concert features The McLain Family Band in concert. Direct from the hills of Kentucky, The McLain Family Band has become internationally known as one of the most spontaneous, creative and spirited groups performing contemporary Appalachian Bluegrass music. Since 1968, they have performed in all 50 states – and 64 countries during 15 international concert tours, some as musical ambassadors of the U.S. Department of State. The McLain Family Band has consisted, through the years, of various combinations of family members. The core touring band includes: Raymond McLain, Ruth McLain, Alice and Al White and Daxson Lewis, with occasional guest appearances from Nancy Ann Wartman and Michael & Jennifer McLain. Tickets are required for this event.

Join us for the other events of the festival:

Muleskinner Live concert with Peter Rowan and Appalachian Swing - Feb. 17, at 7 p.m. - Swasey (Tickets required).

Saturday workshops with The McLain Family Band - Feb. 18, at 12 p.m. - The Eisner Center (No tickets required).


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