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.

Friday’s concert, a Muleskinner Tribute, features Peter Rowan playing with Appalachian Swing {Adam Schlenker, Hayes Griffin, Todd Sams, George Welling, Chase Potter}.

This concert will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Muleskinner Live which originally aired on February 13, 1973. The performance featured an all-star lineup of young and innovative Bluegrass/Acoustic musicians and represents the beginning of a new era by introducing a new level of musicianship, innovation, and songwriting to Bluegrass and acoustic music. Tickets are required for this event.

Grammy Award-winner and Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame member Peter Rowan is a singer-songwriter with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of Bluegrass veteran Bill Monroe, to his time in Old & In the Way and his breakout as a solo musician and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through a solid stream of recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

Appalachian Swing is a bluegrass quartet inspired by the music of the Kentucky Colonels. Featuring Adam Schlenker on guitar, Hayes Griffin on mandolin, Todd Sams banjo, George Welling bass, and Chase Potter on fiddle.

Join us for the other events of the festival:

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

The McLain Family Band Concert - Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. - Swasey (Tickets required).


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