Bluegrass Superstars Béla Fleck and Chris Thile Together for One Night Only at the Southern 5/28

Bluegrass Superstars Béla Fleck and Chris Thile Together for One Night Only at the Southern 5/28

Premiere banjo player Béla Fleck joins musical forces with mandolinist, composer, and vocalist Chris Thile in this one-night-only Columbus performance. Celebrated for their refreshing approaches to bluegrass, jazz, pop, and classical music, these multi-Grammy Award®-winning musicians use their technical mastery to enter uncharted musical territory, taking bluegrass to astounding new heights.

CAPA presents Béla Fleck and Chris Thile at the Southern Theatre (21 E. Main St.) on Sunday, May 28, at 7:30 pm. Tickets are $30 and $50 at the CAPA Ticket Center (39 E. State St.), all Ticketmaster outlets, and www.ticketmaster.com. To purchase tickets by phone, please call (614) 469-0939 or (800) 745-3000.

About Béla Fleck

Béla Anton Leoš Fleck is named after Hungarian composer Béla Bartok, Austrian composer Anton Webern, and Czech composer Leoš Janá?ek. One would assume him destined to the rigors of Western classical music, but that tradition has never really welcomed the banjo into the fold. Enter Béla Fleck. His ground breaking classical Perpetual Motion recording won a pair of Grammys, and his banjo concerto, self-depreciatingly entitled The Imposter, has been celebrated world-wide as a major triumph for the banjo.

Fleck works in intriguing combinations such as fronting full symphony orchestras, dueting with Chick Corea or Abigail Washburn, appearing as a trio with Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer, jazz collaborations with The Marcus Roberts Trio, playing whatever suits him with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, touring with African artists such as Oumou Sangare and Toumani Diabate, jamming in bluegrass supergroups with old friends and rare solo concerts. His earlier years with the New Grass Revival and Strength in Numbers remain legendary. Flecks' total Grammy count thus far is 15 with 30 nominations. He's been nominated in more different musical categories than anyone in Grammy history. His contributions to the bluegrass, jazz, pop, rock, and world beat communities reveal Fleck to be an unstoppable creative force.

About Chris Thile

Multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile, a member of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, and now the host of "A Prairie Home Companion," is a mandolin virtuoso, composer, and vocalist. With his broad outlook that encompasses classical, rock, jazz, and bluegrass, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike.

A child prodigy, Thile first rose to fame as a member of Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, with whom he released three albums and sold more than two million records. In 2014, along with a national tour, the trio released a new album, A Dotted Line, their first since 2005.

As a soloist, Thile has released five albums including his most recent, Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol.1, which was produced by renowned bassist Edgar Meyer. In February 2013, Thile won a Grammy for his work on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Stuart Duncan. In September 2014, Thile and Meyer released their latest album collaboration, Bass + Mandolin, which won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album. Punch Brothers released their latest album, The Phosphorescent Blues, in January 2015, and a follow up EP, The Wireless, in November of the same year. Most recently, Thile released a double-album with Brad Mehldau titled Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau (January 2017).

Beginning in fall of 2016, Thile took the helm of "A Prairie Home Companion," a public radio favorite since 1974. Garrison Keillor, the show's creator and host announced, "He is, I think, the great bluegrass performer of our time and he is a beautiful jazz player. There just isn't anything he can't do - and he is very enthusiastic about live radio."


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