Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Spectacle Management Presents
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
at Cary Memorial Hall
Sunday, July 28 at 7:00 pm


Tickets on Sale Friday at 10:00 am

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 1, 2019

CONTACT: Andrew Cook, acook@spectaclemanagement.net


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Lexington, MA – Spectacle Management is proud to present Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn at Cary Memorial Hall on Sunday, July 28 at 7:00 pm.

 

With one eye on using the banjo to showcase America’s rich heritage and the other pulling the noble instrument from its most familiar arena into new and unique realms, Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are the reigning “king and queen of the banjo,” and will bring their picking partnership unlike any other to the Lexington stage for the very first time.

 

Tickets to Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn at Cary Memorial Hall on Sunday, July 28 at 7:00 pm are $49-$79, and are on sale this Friday at 10:00 am at www.caryhalllexington.com, or by calling 1 (800) 657- 8774.


BELA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, “the king and queen of the banjo” ( Paste Magazine), have a musical partnership like no other. Béla Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, while Abigail Washburn is a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized the instrument by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. The two met at a square dance, began collaborating musically, and eventually fell in love. Over the years, they played together most visibly in the Sparrow Quartet alongside Ben Sollee and Casey Driessen, as well as informally at a pickin’ parties or benefits, and even occasionally as guests at each other’s solo shows. Fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare eagerly anticipated that Béla & Abigail would begin making music together as a duo.


Béla Fleck has the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots. His collaborations range from his ground-breaking, standard-setting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, to a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments. From writing concertos for full symphony orchestra, exploring the banjo’s African roots, to jazz duos with Chick Corea, many tout that Béla Fleck is the world’s premier banjo player.

 

Abigail Washburn has the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter who has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums. She has done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production, and has contributed to singular side groups Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force. In addition to being named a TED Fellow in 2012, Abigail was recently named the first US-China Fellow at Vanderbilt University, in addition to Carolina Performing Arts/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's DisTil Fellow for 2018-2020.


On stage, Fleck & Washburn will perform pieces from their Grammy-winning self-titled debut as well as their new record, Echo in the Valley (Rounder, 2017). With one eye on using the banjo to showcase America’s rich heritage and the other pulling the noble instrument from its most familiar arena into new and unique realms, Béla & Abigail meet in the mean, head-on, to present music that feels wildly innovative and familiar at the same time. Whether at home, on stage, or on record, their deep bond, combined with the way their distinct musical personalities and banjo styles interact, makes theirs a picking partnership unlike any other on the planet.



TICKET INFORMATION
Tickets to Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn at Cary Memorial Hall on Sunday, July 28 at 7:00 pm are $49-$79, and are on sale this Friday at 10:00 am at www.caryhalllexington.com, or by calling 1 (800) 657- 8774.

CARY MEMORIAL HALL

The Cary Memorial Building is a historic structure located in Lexington Center at 1605 Massachusetts Avenue. The Cary Memorial Building, named for Isaac Harris Cary, was built in 1928 with a donation from his two daughters. The Colonial-styled building, with its grand auditorium, has provided the community with a year-round site for musical programming and popular events for eighty years, and is home to the Lexington Symphony.  The building is handicapped accessible, and is fully air-conditioned. www.caryhalllexington.com

SPECTACLE MANAGEMENT
Spectacle Management is a full-service booking, marketing and promotion company with offices in Boston and Lexington. For more information, please contact Pete Lally, plally@specmgt.com and 617-531-1257. www.spectacleshows.com

 

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