If you’ve visited the Averitt Center for the Arts lately, you may have heard some funky bluegrass music playing in the background. Picture a little touch of blues mixed in with down home bluegrass.
This Alaskan band, Bearfoot, brings its fast fiddles, fast picking mandolin and guitar, acoustic bass and incredible vocals to the Emma Kelly Theater for a bluegrass experience the ’Boro has been waiting for. On Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m., the band will perform live for one night only.
Originating as a group of music camp counselors working in Cordova, Alaska, Bearfoot is a five-member group whose live performances offer audiences a diverse musical experience that appeals to both young and old. Since their formation in 1999, they have become a national touring band with several professionally produced CDs.
This exciting group of talent offers a fresh approach to bluegrass and acoustic music. Their repertoire ranges from three-part harmonies evoking the high-lonesome sound of Bill Monroe, to original tunes, to bluesy covers of songs by Bonnie Raitt and Aretha Franklin.
Bearfoot has performed at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Festival where they were showcased, Wintergrass Festival, Rockygrass Festival, and at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. It was at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival that Bearfoot won the 2001 Band Competition, an honor they share with past recipients: Nickel Creek (1995) and the Dixie Chicks (1991).
Queensborough National Bank and Trust is the proud sponsor of this event. Tickets are now available at the Averitt Center for the Arts for $20 per person and $10 for youth, 12 and under. Special group rates available upon request.