The Hillbenders Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry

An all-acoustic rendition of The Who’s classic album performed in its entirety.

SAT

MAR 25

7:30 pm

“You haven’t heard ‘Acid Queen’ until you’ve seen it sung by a bearded man with a mandolin.” – Rolling Stone

“The HillBenders…proved to be the perfect group to execute this ‘Whograss’ concept.”– Rolling Stone, “50 Best Things We Saw at SXSW”

45 years after its original release, this classic of classic rock has now been fully realized as a full length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri’s The HillBenders. Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying total respect to its creators.

Originally composed by guitarist Pete Townshend as a rock opera that tells the story about a deaf, dumb and blind boy, including his experiences with life and the relationship with his family. The original album has sold 20 million copies and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for “historical, artistic and significant value”.  In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Tommy number 96 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Meyers had been looking for the right band to pull off this high wire bluegrass approach for several decades and The HillBenders are the right band.  With a perfect mix of virtuoso musicianship and rock star vocals, The HillBenders bring Pete Townshend’s original vision to life in a new and exciting way.

It’s amazing to hear banjo, dobro, mandolin, bass, and guitar bring the same energy and vision to Tommy as The Who did with a full rock band and orchestra.

 

About The Hillbenders

The HillBenders are one of the few bluegrass groups that recognize their ability to bridge the gap between the common music consumer and the bluegrass genre, selecting material that defies any hillbilly stigmas. With their widely varied influences, they are trying to bring to bluegrass songs that unify. “We wanted to pair bluegrass with the other music we grew up with —rock and roll!” says HillBender Nolan Lawrence.  

Band Members Include:

Gary Rea, Bass
Mark Cassidy, Banjo
Chad Graves, Dobro
Jim Rea, Guitar
Nolan Lawrence, Mandolin

Box Office Information


Address: 3 Spruce Street, New York

Phone: 212-346-1715

Hours:

Now through August 31: Monday – Friday, Noon – 5pm

Beginning September 5: Tuesday – Saturday, Noon – 5pm & 3 hours prior to performance time through intermission

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