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Legendary bluegrass artists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn join the Del McCoury Band at Nebraska’s Home for the Arts, the Lied Center for Performing Arts on Feb. 13 at 7:30 PM, for one night only. Each virtuosic in their own right, this all-star ensemble will join forces on the Lied Center stage with their foot-stomping, phenomenal talent that has not only garnered countless GRAMMY® nominations and wins, but is setting the standard for the entire bluegrass music industry.

Béla Fleck is the premiere banjo player in the world. He has reinvented the image and sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations. The recipient of multiple GRAMMY® Awards going back to 1998, Fleck’s total GRAMMY® count is 15 GRAMMYs® won, and 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more different musical categories than anyone in GRAMMY® history. Over the course of his impressive career, Fleck has shared the stage with numerous music legends including the Dave Mathews Band, Sting, Bonnie Raitt, and the Grateful Dead.

Abigail Washburn has proven herself to be a bracing revelation to that tradition. She – a singing, songwriting, Illinois-born, Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player – is every bit as interested in the present and the future as she is in the past, and every bit as attuned to the global as she is to the local. She pairs venerable folk elements with far-flung sounds, and the results feel both strangely familiar and unlike anything anybody’s ever heard before. At the request of the U.S. government, the Sparrow Quartet toured Tibet in 2006, something no other American band had done, and performed in Beijing during the 2008 Olympics. Recently, she played the prominent U.S.A. Pavilion at the World Expo in Shanghai. She played the Clearwater Concert, a multi-generational folk extravaganza celebrating Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday; sang Stephen Foster songs backed by the Nashville Symphony during the 2009 Americana Music Festival; and has become a favorite opening act for Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.

The Del McCoury Band is one of the most celebrated bluegrass bands in history. Originally Del McCoury and the Dixie Pals with Del on guitar and his brother Jerry on bass, the band went through a number of changes until the 1980s when the band solidified its line-up, adding McCoury’s sons, Ronnie and Rob on mandolin and banjo, respectively. In 1988, the “Dixie Pals” name was dropped in favor of the current name. The band became a national touring act. In 2004 they were nominated for the GRAMMY® Award for Best Bluegrass Album for “It’s Just the Night”, and in 2006 they won that category for “The Company We Keep”. The band recorded with Steve Earle on his 1999 album “The Mountain”. The band has also often performed in recent years with The Lee Boys, with setlists mixing bluegrass, funk and gospel with extended jams on many songs. Most recently, the Del McCoury Band was awarded a 2014 GRAMMY® for “Best Bluegrass Album”.

Ticket Information

Tickets for Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn and the Del McCoury Band on Feb. 13 are available at LiedCenter.org, at the Box Office on 12th and R Streets, or by phone at 402-472-4747. Tickets start at just $25 for adults, $12.50 for students.