Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn have been lauded as the “unofficial first family of the banjo”. With two banjos and one voice, this husband and wife act have won an astounding 16 Grammy Awards between them including Best Folk Album at the most recent awards. Their set spans Appalacian murder ballads, gospel, chamber music and blues – get ready to revise everything you think you know about the banjo. Mon Aug 15, 8pm. $49-$89.
Wolfgang Muthspiel has 30 albums under his belt and is considered a genius by jazz aficionados. The Austrian-born guitarist is bringing his Wolfgang Muthspiel Trio, featuring legends in their own right Larry Grenadier (bass) and Brian Blade (drums), to City Recital Hall for a night of masterful improvisation. Tue Aug 9, 8pm. $39-$60.
The unique sound of Punch Brothers is a modern-day mix of bluegrass, roots, rock, pop, jazz and classical that has seen the five-piece pick up fans around the world. Their set that moves from roots to classical to a cover of Radiohead’s ‘Kid A’. The Brooklyn-originated five-piece features mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher. Fri Aug 12, 8pm. $49-$112.