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The Music of...

The Music of Bill Monroe featuring
Peter Rowan and The Travelin’ McCourys

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
8 pm, Kenan Auditorium

Grammy-award winning musician Peter Rowan; National Flatpicking Champion Cody Kilby of Kentucky Thunder (just added - see below for program update); and The Travelin' McCourys pay homage to the undisputed "Father of Bluegrass" Bill Monroe.

Few artists can claim to have created a genre all their own, but Kentucky-born musician Bill Monroe (Sep. 13, 1911 – Sep. 9, 1996) did exactly that when he added North Carolina banjo prodigy Earl Scruggs to his traditional stringband in 1945. Known as the Blue Grass Boys, Monroe and Scruggs, alongside singer/guitarist Lester Flatt, fiddler Chubby Wise and bassist Howard Watts, forged new ground, not only creating an entirely unique genre of American music, but forever changing the course of American rock-and-roll with one of their most famous songs, "Blue Moon of Kentucky" - an early hit for an up-and-coming young musician named Elvis Presley.

More than a century after his birth on a small farm in Kentucky, Monroe's music remains the canon for traditional bluegrass masters and the inspiration for generations of bluegrass-inspired musicians.

PROGRAM UPDATE (11/28/12): Due to an illness, Tony Rice has had to cancel all of his appearances this week. We wish him well in his recovery and welcome guitarist Cody Kilby of Kentucky Thunder in his place. Kilby, a lighting-fast National Flatpicking Champion, has played alongside Ricky Skaggs for more than a decade and represents the newest generation of professional Bluegrass masters.

Tickets & Information

Tickets are $35 (Reserved Seating A); $25 (Reserved Seating B); and free for UNCW students with a valid ID*. For tickets and information call or visit the Kenan Auditorium Box Office, Monday - Friday, noon - 6 p.m. (910) 962-3500 or (800) 732-3643.

Artist Biographies

Peter Rowan

Peter RowanIn 1965, a young Peter Rowan joined Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys, recording fourteen songs with Monroe before leaving the band in 1967. Peter went on to become a Grammy-award winner and six-time Grammy nominee with a career spanning over five decades. From his early years playing under the tutelage of bluegrass patriarch Bill Monroe, and following his stint in Old & In the Way with Jerry Garcia and subsequent breakout as both a solo performer and bandleader, Rowan has built a devoted, international fan base through his continuous stream of original recordings, collaborative projects, and constant touring.

The Travelin' McCourys

Travelin McCourysThe Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music. No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.

*UNCW student tickets must be purchased in person at the box office and are subject to availability; limit one per student; valid photo id required at time of purchase and upon entry to the performance.

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