Steep Canyon Rangers Fire Up Award-Winning Bluegrass @ the Mahaiwe [Berkshire on Stage]

March 24th, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

The Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington is hosting a concert by the Steep Canyon Rangers with special guest banjo master Noam Pikelny at 7pm on Sunday, March 26.

A bluegrass band at their core, the Steep Canyon Rangers effortlessly walk the line between festival favorites and sophisticated string orchestra. They’re as danceable as the most progressive, party-oriented string band and equally comfortable translating their songs for accompaniment by a full symphony. It’s that mix of serious chops and good-natured fun that earned the band the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album in 2013, and that drew celebrated comedian/banjoist Steve Martin to hire them on as his backing band.

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Virtuoso banjo player Noam Pikelny is a founding member of Punch Brothers and a three-time Grammy nominee. In September of 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. His album, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, was named Album of the Year at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. And his new album, the purely solo endeavor Universal Favorite on Rounder Records, was released just this month.

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