Bruce Hornsby’s live shows are a lot of things but boring ain’t one of them. The Williamsburg, Virginia native is certainly known for stirring the pot. Switching genre’s might give some act’s vertigo but to this piano player it’s just an opportunity to play another great tune.
Expect a melting pot of everything that is musically tasty at the very first Funhouse Fest set to take place at the Lawns of the Art Museum of Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia June 24 – 26.
Named after Hornsby’s 1998 song “Funhouse,” from his double album “Spirit Trail” this weekend will bend the genre’s Greensky Bluegrass, roots/newgrass band Railroad Earth, Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder joining Hornsby. A little blues from the Taj Mahal Trio, folk/country/pop with Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle. Jazz great drummer Jack DeJohnette, Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and bassist Matt Garrison. Also you gotta love Aoife O’Donovan.
The whole thing is curated by Hornsby and there’s a lot of him in this festival. He is set to kick off the festivities on Thursday, June 23 with a solo performance at Phi Beta Kappa Hall. It’s separately ticketed event to benefit local charities. On the Friday, the 24th, Bruce plays with Skaggs – remember they recorded an album together. On Saturday, the 25th, Hornsby & The Noisemakers will perform the albums The Way It Is and the upcoming new CD, with a release date of June 17, “Rehab Reunion” in their entireties. Dejohnette will also perform that day. He and Bruce also recorded an album today so they may pair up onstage too. There’s more Bruce and the Noisemakers on Sunday as well.
You can buy tickets early if you are on the mailing list of Bruce Hornsby Fan Club, Virginia Arts Festival E-Club and there’s a few more listed on the official site and a complete list of performers.
For more info go to funhousefest.com
Also more big Hornsby and the Noisemakers concert news. They’ve just announced over 30 summer concert dates at brucehornsby.com…check it out. – by John Beaudin