Date:   2/6/2009

Alison Brown Quartet with Joe Craven coming to Thrasher Opera House

Grammy-nominated musician Alison Brown and her Quartet will be joined by mandolinist, violinist and percussionist extraordinaire Joe Craven at the Thrasher Opera House on Friday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m.(doors open at 6:45p.m.). Named “one of bluegrass’s great banjo players” by the Village Voice, Brown is most notable for blending the intricacy of jazz with the rustic affectations of bluegrass.

 

Brown's first marks on the national scene came when she was asked by Alison Krauss to join her band Union Station in 1989. Her 1990 solo debut, Simple Pleasures, secured a Grammy nomination and heralded a new voice on the banjo. It also owed much to the California-based jazz/bluegrass hybrid sound pioneered by mandolinist David Grisman, who produced the album. Around the same time, Brown joined Krauss for a successful three-year run that included a place on Krauss' Grammy-winning I've Got That Old Feeling album, as well as bluegrass music's highest accolade for an instrumentalist: the International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year in 1991.

 

In collaboration with Béla Fleck, Brown won the 2000 Grammy for Best Country Instrumental Performance and also received a Grammy nomination for her own Fair Weather. Her latest release, Stolen Moments, “strikes a comfortable pose between homey twang and sophisticated jazz,” wrote Time Out New York. “It might rile purists of both types, but it makes a lovely sound for the rest of us.”

 

Brown’s Quartet will be joined by Joe Craven, who for almost 17 years was the highly respected multi-instrumentalist with the David Grisman Quintet. He’s also played and/or recorded with Jerry Garcia, Stéphane Grappelli, Maria Muldaur, Vassar Clements, The Persuasions, Darol Anger, Rob Ickes, Bob Brozman, Ramblin' Jack Elliott and many others.

 

Stereo Review wrote that "Alison Brown has raised the art of banjo playing to a higher calling," while Billboard has praised her music's "unique sonic signature and inescapable beauty."

 

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts with accommodations provided by the Heidel House and hospitality by the Waterfront Grill. Tickets are only $25 and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick N’ Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279.  Online tickets available at www.thrasheroperahouse.com. 

 

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