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McNeese Banners Presents the Americans

April 12, 2019 | McNeese Public Relations
The Americans
The Americans

The
acoustic trio – The Americans – is coming to the stage for a very special performance
showcasing highlights of early American roots music at 7 p.m. Monday, April 15,
in F.G. Bulber Auditorium as part of the 2019 Banners at McNeese State
University cultural season.

This
lecture/performance hybrid will treat the audience to an evening of stunning
acoustics along with presentation pieces on the pre-war recording era featuring
instrumentation like the fiddle, banjo, mandolin, guitar and harmonica from
members Patrick Ferris, Zac Sokolow and Jake Faulkner.

The
Americans appear throughout the excellent PBS show “American Epic,” a four-hour
primetime documentary series exploring the first recordings of roots music in
the United States during the 1920s, as well as its cultural, social and
technological impact on the world.

Produced
by Jack White, Robert Redford and T Bone Burnett, this fascinating documentary
features a diverse cast of artists such as Nas, Elton John, Alabama Shakes,
Willie Nelson and Louisiana’s own Lost Bayou Ramblers.

Burnett,
widely known for his role in curating the “O Brother, Where Art Thou”
soundtrack, called The Americans, “Genius 21st century musicians
that are reinventing heritage music for this century.”

In
their primary incarnation as a full rock ‘n’ roll band with deep roots in shared
traditional music, The Americans have twice joined Grammy and Oscar winner Ryan
Bingham on national tours and backed up artists like Nick Cave, Tim Robbins and
Lucinda Williams. The Americans even played the first dance at Reese
Witherspoon’s wedding.

Tickets
are $20 for adults, $5 for students under 18 and free for McNeese and Sowela
students with current IDs.

Banners
is supported by ticket sales, memberships, corporate sponsors and grants. For
more information about the program or tickets, visit the Banners website at www.banners.org or call the Banners office at
337-475-5997.

Persons
needing accommodations as provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act
should contact the ADA Coordinator at 337-475-5428, voice; 337-456-5960, fax;
337-562-4227, TDD/TTY, hearing impaired or by email at cdo@mcneese.edu.