Presented by: BCT Presents
Where: Buskirk-Chumley Theater
Orchestra Pit: $55.00
Orchestra & Lower Balcony: $45.00
Upper Balcony: $35.00
|Saturday, May 13th 8:00 pm||Buy Tickets|
A banjo duo might seem like a musical concept beset by limitations. But when the banjo players cast in those roles are Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn – she with the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter, he with the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots – it’s a different matter entirely. There’s no denying that theirs is a one-of-a-kind pairing, with one-of-a-kind possibilities.
Fleck and Washburn have collaborated in the past, most visibly in their Sparrow Quartet with Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee. Until last fall, however, any performances they gave as a two-piece were decidedly informal, a pickin’ party here, a benefit show at Washburn’s grandmother’s Unitarian church there. It was inevitable, and eagerly anticipated by fans, that these partners in music and life (who married in 2009) would eventually do a full-fledged project together.Lately Fleck, a fifteen-time GRAMMY winner, has devoted time away from his standard-setting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones to a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments, from writing a concerto for the Nashville Symphony to exploring the banjo’s African roots to jazz duos with Chick Corea. Washburn has likewise drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums, done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production, contributed to singular side groups Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force, and become quite a live draw in her own right. Finally, Fleck and Washburn decided they were ready to craft their debut album as a duo, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn (released on Rounder Records).Washburn and Fleck playfully embrace the notion that they’ve become a family band. At home, on stage, or on record, it’s their deep bond, along with the way their distinct musical personalities and banjo styles interact, that makes theirs a picking partnership unlike any other on the planet.
This is a reserved seating show. Doors will open at 7:30pm. The opening performer has not yet been announced. Please check back soon for more information.
114 East Kirkwood Avenue
Bloomington, Indiana 47408
Owned by the City of Bloomington, the Buskirk-Chumley Theater is operated by BCT Management, Inc., a private non-profit organization. This theater, located one block off the Courthouse Square, seats 600 with an orchestra level and a balcony. Concessions and items purchased from BLUBoy may be taken into the auditorium. Restrooms, concessions, the box office, and the orchestra level seats are all wheelchair accessible. Special seats are reserved for those using wheelchairs. Please contact the box office at 812.323.3020 to purchase those seats. Street, lot, and garage parking is available across downtown Bloomington.