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McNeese Banners to Present Billy Strings

February 28, 2019 | McNeese Public Relations
Billy Strings
Billy Strings with his instrument

Bluegrass prodigy and rising star Billy Strings will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 9, in McNeese State University’s F.G. Bulber Auditorium as part of the opening weekend of the 2019 Banners Cultural Season.

Named
a “Top 10 New Country Artist” by Rolling Stone, the 26-year-old guitarist and
his band made their debut appearance at the venerated Grand Ole Opry a week
before his performance here in Lake Charles.

After
releasing their latest album “Turmoil & Tinfoil” in 2017, Billy and the
boys have burned up the road playing hundreds of dates a year, heavy on the
festival circuit, and bringing an exciting, youthful energy to bluegrass music
while also honoring its highly respected traditions. 

Strings
picked up his love for music from his father, a bluegrass musician who worked around
their home region of central Michigan, and he honed his performance chops as a
young guitarist with heavy rock bands.

The
critically acclaimed album, “Turmoil & Tinfoil,” combines the seemingly
disparate genres of traditional bluegrass music with eclectic influences such
as the Grateful Dead, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath and Pearl Jam, successfully
capturing the energy of their thrilling live performances, where Billy Strings and
his band truly shine.

Joining
him on stage will be Billy Failing on banjo, Royal Masat on bass and Jarrod
Walker on mandolin.

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 to get your tickets, visit the Banners
website at www.banners.org or call the Banners office at 337-475-5123.

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.