Bluegrass music has roots in America dating to the 1950s, when Bill Monroe spearheaded what would become a staple of American music.
Over the years, the scene has rapidly evolved, and today bluegrass music is one of the most well-known genres of music in the nation. From traditional artists such as Ricky Skaggs and Sam Bush, who’ve been around for decades, to more modern acts such as Greensky Bluegrass and Yonder Mountain String Band, almost everywhere you look there are pickers and fiddlers strumming old and new tunes.
One band that’s been on the rise over the past several years is The Infamous Stringdusters, which will be bringing its jamgrass sound to the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe on Thursday, Nov. 17.
Forming in 2007 in Charlottesville, Va., the dusters are a Grammy-nominated quintet comprised of Andy Hall on dobro, Andy Falco on guitar, Jeremy Garrett on fiddle, Travis Book on double bass and Chris Pandolfi on banjo. The band has become known for a complex, distinctive and groove-friendly sound, along with a bluegrass theme.
The dusters won three awards at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards ceremony in 2007: Emerging Artist of the Year, Album of the Year for “Fork in the Road” and Song of the Year for the album’s title cut. The band also was nominated for 2011 Entertainer of the Year by the IBMA.
During its live performances, the band is known to take its jam-band roots and visit long improvisational and instrumental sets. While touring, the band has shared the stage with artists such as Del McCoury, David Grisman, Tim O’Brien and Railroad Earth, among several others.
In 2010, the dusters started The Festy Experience, a three-day music festival in central Virginia which displays a wide variety of musical genres, instead of focusing exclusively on bluegrass.
Thursday night, the band will take the stage the Opera House for the second time in a few years, bringing a distinctive experience to avid bluegrass fans and others alike.
Tickets are on sale for $25 via the Opera House’s website. The show starts at 8 p.m. with no supporting act.
Listen to The Infamous Stringdusters song “Rockets” here.