October 01, 2014, BY Kathryn Kopchik


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Grammy Award-winning bluegrass artist Sam Bush will perform with his band on Friday, Oct. 31, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. The performance is part of Bucknell University's Homecoming festivities and is sponsored, in part, by Bucknell University's Office of Alumni Relations.

Alternately known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, Bush has been honored by the Americana Music Association (AMA) and the International Bluegrass Music Association, though he says honors are not what drive him. "I didn't get into music to win awards," he says. "I'm just now starting to get somewhere. I love to play and the older I get the more I love it. And I love new things."

Bush has helped to expand the horizons of bluegrass music, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk and other styles. He's the co-founder of the genre-bending New Grass Revival and an in-demand musician who has played with everyone from Emmylou Harris and Bela Fleck to Charlie Haden, Lyle Lovett and Garth Brooks. Though best known for jaw-dropping skills on the mandolin, Bush is also a three-time national junior fiddle champion and Grammy Award-winning vocalist.

Circles Around Me, Bush's seventh solo album and sixth with Sugar Hill, is an aurally inspiring mix of bluegrass favorites and complementary new songs. "I don't know why, but it felt right at this moment in my life to go back and revisit some things that I've loved all my life, which is bluegrass and, unapologetically, newgrass," says Bush. "After all these years of experimenting -and there's experimentation on this record too -I've come full circle."

The 14-song set includes appearances by Del McCoury, Edgar Meyer, Jerry Douglas and New Grass Revival co-founder Courtney Johnson (posthumously). The album also employs the phenomenal talent of Bush's band: Scott Vestal, Stephen Mougin, Todd Parks and Chris Brown.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

Tickets can be purchased online at www.bucknell.edu/BoxOffice or by calling the Campus Box Office at 570-577-1000.

Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center, weekdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information about this performance, contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or by email at lisa.leighton@bucknell.edu.

The next event in the Weis Center's 2014-15 Series is a performance by Nellie McKay and Turtle Island Quartet on Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center. Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist McKay joins forces with the two-time Grammy Award-winning Quartet to present the music of Billie Holiday, Billy Strayhorn, and the Weimar cabaret of the 1920s. Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+ and subscribers, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, go to www.bucknell.edu/WeisCenter or www.facebook.com/WeisCenter