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Punch Brothers

Opening Act: Madison Cunningham
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
VIP Packages Available:

 

The Ahoy! Premium Big-Time Friend Package - $179 per package

  • One (1) premium reserved ticket in the first (10) rows to see the Punch Brothers live
  • Two 12 oz. bags of Ahoy!, a coffee blend from Madcap Coffee specially roasted in collaboration with Punch Brothers, and shipped directly to you from the roaster, after the show
  • One (1) limited edition Punch Brothers tote bag & commemorative laminate
  • Invitation to the Pre-Show Punch Brothers Session, including: Private pre-show performance by the Punch Brothers
  • Q&A session with the Punch Brothers
  • Cash bar*
  • One (1) limited edition tour poster, signed by the Punch Brothers
  • One (1) exclusive Punch Brothers enamel pin
  • One (1) commemorative laminate
  • Merchandise shopping opportunity before doors open to the public
  • On-site host

 

The Oh Boy! Big-Time Friend Package - $119 per package

  • One (1) premium reserved ticket in the first (15) rows to see the Punch Brothers live
  • Invitation to the Pre-Show Punch Brothers Session, including: Private pre-show performance by the Punch Brothers
  • Q&A session with the Punch Brothers
  • Cash bar*
  • One (1) limited edition tour poster, signed by the Punch Brothers
  • One (1) exclusive Punch Brothers enamel pin
  • Merchandise shopping opportunity before doors open to the public
  • On-site host

Punch Brothers comprises guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny, singer/mandolinist Chris Thile and fiddler Gabe Witcher. The Boston Globe recently said of the band, “Their uncanny ability to play with dynamics — not just contrasting quiet and loud but effortlessly shifting from one to the other—speaks to their ability to breathe together as a group. To call the Punch Brothers a well-oiled machine would imply that there is a drop of oil to be seen, when in fact they are staggeringly tight and clean.”

All Ashore, Punch Brothers’ fifth album and the first to be self-produced by the quintet, is both ambitious and easygoing, a lot like the “ridiculously eclectic” combo, as London’s Guardian once called the band. The work has the feel of a nine-song suite, one that invites you to unravel the threads of its connected themes and stories over repeated listening. Each track segues seamlessly, even a little sneakily, into the next. Before you know it, “The Angel of Doubt,” a dark-night-of-the-soul drama featuring a vocal from singer-mandolinist Chris Thile, has glided into “Three Dots and a Dash,” an instrumental that veers from ruminative to rave up, named in tribute to a classic Tiki cocktail, Thile’s latest recreational obsession.

Thile calls All Ashore “a meditation on committed relationships in the present day, particularly in light of the current unsettled political climate—certainly the most unsettled one that anyone in the band has ever experienced.” In a more pronounced way than on prior discs, All Ashore comes across as a glimpse into Punch Brothers’ current real life, as these artists who have spent more than a dozen years playing together grapple with marriage, family, and their ever-accelerating individual careers as producers, composers, arrangers, and front men. “This record is a distillation of the things that only we can do,” adds Witcher. “We wanted to focus on the things that make us unique, and I think we did. And we have a more cohesive and successful record. We’ve been around for twelve years now; we know who we are.”

Madison Cunningham
Orange County, CA native, Madison Cunningham, possesses a keen understanding of song craft that is perplexing for someone who’s just twenty years old. With an ear for melody that is reminiscent of early Joni Mitchell and approach to guitar and vocals that is not far off from long past heroes of Jeff Buckley or Nick Drake, Madison exhibits a unique ability to keep the listener on the edge as they explore her debut EP, Love, Lose, Remember. The oldest of five daughters, Madison picked up a guitar at the age of seven and was singing with her sisters and family in church by the age of 12. It was a happenstance meeting with producer Tyler Chester (Blake Mills, Sara Watkins) four years ago that helped Madison start to develop her approach as a songwriter. Released in early 2017, Love, Lose, Remember, showcases Madison’s ability as a songwriter and arranger with the lyrical content of someone who has lived twice the life of this young artist. 

 

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