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Steep Canyon Rangers, Della Mae perform March 29

Posted 03/04/14

Portrait of the Steep Canyon RangersBluegrass comes to New England when the CenterStage at Fitchburg State University arts and culture series presents the Grammy-winning virtuosi Steep Canyon Rangers on Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m. in Weston Auditorium, 353 North St. Rising stars Della Mae will open for the Steep Canyon Rangers for an unforgettable double bill.

Bluegrass music has its roots in Appalachia, where it was formed from blending traditions of Irish, Scottish, Welsh and English traditional music and later incorporated jazz elements.

The Steep Canyon Rangers won the Grammy for best bluegrass album in 2013 for their compilation “Nobody Knows You.” They have become familiar faces to TV audiences thanks to numerous appearances with comedian and banjo player Steve Martin, with whom they have toured in recent years.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for seniors and $7 for students. The Weston Box Office is open 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Weston Auditorium and can be reached at (978) 665-3347. Tickets can also be ordered online.

Opening for Steep Canyon Rangers is another hot bluegrass sensation, Della Mae, who commands a powerful collective chemistry with vocal, instrumental, and songwriting talent to spare. These Boston—based “alt-grassy” women—respectful of American musical tradition yet not restricted by it—meld centuries’ worth of musical influences with an emotionally tough, undeniably modern songwriting sensibility.

The performance is co-sponsored by Enterprise Bank, the Sentinel & Enterprise and the Leominster Champion with media partner AM-1280.

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