Consider Bluegrass This New Year’s

Vanguard Bluegrass Band Punch Brothers

It’s time to start planning where you will be and what you will be doing this coming New Year’s, which is just a little under two weeks away.

Here’s a suggestion: The Punch Brothers will be performing at the Bowery Ballroom at 6 Delancey Street. These Brooklyn-born musicians are at the front lines of a new movement to revive bluegrass with a progressive twang. And in case you were not yet aware, bluegrass is the new hardrock.

How do I know? It’s simple. Did you treat yourself to the film Lawless yet? If so, then you know what I am talking about. If not, well, let’s just say that Tom Hardy brought to life the real-life hillbilly bootlegger named Forrest Bondurant, and made him quite, umm, ‘trendy.’

Anyway, whether you like moonshine and/or layered granddad sweaters, you will get a thrill from the music of the Punch Brothers.  Chris Thile, formerly of Nickel Creek, takes the position of front man and is supported by the superb strumming of expert banjo player Chris Eldridge. All together this five man ensemble really rocks, or should I say strums.