PERFORMANCES & TICKETS
Saturday, September 5, 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS: Res. $41 | Lawn $35 | Child (1-12) Lawn $25 | P Blanket (4) $164 | P Blanket (2) $82
GATES OPEN: @ 5:45 Early Entry | 6:00 General Public
Punch Brothers’ latest album, the T Bone Burnett–produced The Phosphorescent Blues, addresses with straight-up poignancy and subversive humor the power and the pitfalls of our super-connected era. Digitally fueled isolation may be a theme, but this virtuosic acoustic quintet offers its warmest, most emotive and elegantly melodic work to date.
A longing for community and connection was both impetus and inspiration for this disc. Punch Brothers had been touring almost non-stop since uniting to support mandolin player Chris Thile’s 2006 solo album, How to Grow a Woman From the Ground. After scaling back in February 2013, the band began writing sessions where, Thile relates, they had animated debates about how they relate to music, and to each other, through a digital filter.
Bruce Willis’ hair, detective fiction, modernist architecture, and race riots all provide fodder for Gabriel Kahane’s major label debut, The Ambassador (Sony Masterworks), a meditation on the underbelly of Los Angeles seen through the lens of ten street addresses.
Gabriel was born in a modest bungalow in Venice Beach, California, but spent his childhood in New England, upstate New York, and Northern California. Now, with the release of The Ambassador— produced by Kahane along with Matt Johnson (St. Vincent), Casey Foubert (Sufjan Stevens), and Rob Moose (Bon Iver)— Gabriel turns his gaze toward his birthplace with his most focused album to date.
Table Rock City Series Performer: Rabbit Wilde
Britt Performance Garden from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.