Innovative Bluegrass Quartet at Weis Center Homecoming Weekend


Alison Brown Quartet will present a mix of bluegrass, newgrass, jazz and folk during Bucknell’s Homecoming weekend on Friday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

The performance is sponsored, in part, by Bob and Dede Gronlund and family. 

Banjo virtuoso and guitarist Alison Brown will be joined by Garry West on bass, Joe Davidian on piano and Bryon Larrance on drums.

The ensemble marries a broad array of roots-influenced music including folk, jazz, Celtic and Latin.

Billboard magazine says of Brown, “Like James Taylor’s voice or B.B. King’s guitar, Alison Brown’s banjo is an instrument possessed of a unique sonic signature and an inescapable beauty …. an artist who never ceases to delight.” 

The Boston Globe says, “Banjo’s new first string … Brown’s sweet, fluid jazz fusions are as sophisticated as they are beguiling.” 

An internationally recognized musician with a wide-reaching and loyal fan base, Brown first came to national prominence when she was asked by Alison Krauss to join her band Union Station in 1989. A three-year stint with Krauss and Union Station and a year serving as band leader for Michelle Shocked followed. In 1991 she was named the International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year, bluegrass music’s highest accolade for an instrumentalist. Brown’s journey to a professional music career took a detour while she attended Harvard, studying history and literature, then UCLA, where she earned an M.B.A. and went to work as an investment banker. Brown returned to music to assemble the material for her solo debut, the Grammy nominated Simple Pleasures. With her new Compass project, The Song of the Banjo, the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Distinguished Achievement Award and 2001 Grammy Award-winning musician, composer, producer and entrepreneur plants another flag in her ongoing journey of sonic exploration.

Tickets for the performance are $20 for adults, $16 for seniors 62+, $10 for youth 18 and under, $10 for Bucknell employees and retirees (limit 2), $10 for Bucknell students (limit 2), and $10 for non-Bucknell college students (limit 2).

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 570-577-1000. Tickets are also available in person from several locations including the Weis Center lobby (weekdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.) and the CAP Center Box Office, located on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.). For more information about this performance contact Lisa Leighton, marketing and outreach director, at 570-577-3727 or

The next event in the Weis Center’s 2015-16 Series is a family-friendly performance of Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 1 p.m. at the Weis Center. The 60-minute performance is intended for ages 3-8. For more information about the Weis Center for the Performing Arts, visit or

–(Information from Lisa Z. Leighton)

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