Time: 8:00 PM
Doors at 7:00 PM
Punch Brothers are the New York City-based quintet of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher. Their new album Who’s Feeling Young Now?, produced and engineered by Jacquire King, contains some of the most exhilaratingly direct, sonically daring performances the group has ever recorded. Already, Vanity Fair has hailed the album as “their most expressive work yet as an ensemble — sophisticated, pop-y, kinetic and profound, all at once.” The New Yorker calls it “a mystical alchemy of old-time music and contemporary sensibilities” As the five members, ranging in age from their mid-20′s to mid-30′s, have matured together on the road and in the studio, their approach to writing and performing has, conversely, become looser, simpler, and, in a sense, more unaffectedly youthful. In fact, the title song on the new disc—featuring rumbling bass, skittering violin, and wailing multi-tracked vocals—sounds like hard-charging string-band punk rock.
The group, as virtuosic as it is freewheeling, evolved out of a 2007 collaboration on Thile’s string-band suite, The Blind Leading the Blind, which premiered at Carnegie Hall in a series curated by composer John Adams. Its debut disc for Nonesuch Records, Punch, was released in 2008, followed by the Jon Brion-produced Antifogmatic (2010). The five members each have impressive resumes within the progressive string-band scene and are regularly sought-after as guest stars and session players. Punch Brothers are currently featured on the soundtrack to The Hunger Games and the Chieftains’ 50th Anniversary disc, Voice Of Ages. As guitarist Eldridge notes, “Every little side project we’ve done has helped us come back to Punch Brothers with new ideas and new energy and a new sense of confidence, a righteous need to create stuff.”
Tom Brosseau joins Punch Brothers for an autumn US tour and then hops a train as part of John C. Reilly & Friends for the Railroad Revival Tour with Willie Nelson. Punch Brother Chris Thile covered Brosseau’s song, “How To Grow A Woman From the Ground” for his 2006 album named after the song — Thile’s first record with the bluegrass group who evolved into Punch Brothers.
Thile’s bandmate from Nickel Creek, Sean Watkins, recorded and performs with Brosseau on Brosseau’s forthcoming full length. On John & Tom, Brosseau duets with John C. Reilly for a Third Man Records (Jack White’s label) 7” vinyl release. Brosseau and Reilly cover 2 songs by The Delmore Brothers. Raised in Grand Forks, North Dakota, Brosseau now resides in Los Angeles. In addition to duets with John C. Reilly, he joins Fiona Apple and the Watkins Family Hour (Sean and Sara Watkins) at Largo, is an oft-invited musical guest for comedians Paul F. Tompkins and Margaret Cho and has toured with PJ Harvey and John Parish. Brosseau has 3 full lengths & a duet album, Les Shelleys, on Brighton UK-based FatCat Records.
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GENERAL ADMISSION FLOOR (GA) is a 4,000 square foot open space located in front of the stage. Specified events are designed for "Standing Room Only" with no assigned seating. Your location on the floor is determined on a first-come-first-serve basis. There are two full service bars located on either side of the floor that are available throughout the entirety of the event. Any "seat" numbers on your ticket are listed for auditing purposes only. This section is wheelchair accessible.