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Saturday, September 28 • 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Circus No. 9

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Circus No. 9 is East Tennessee’s own Progressive Bluegrass outfit, blurring the lines between Bluegrass, Jazz and Rock. Described as “John Hartford meets John Coltrane,” the group has appeared alongside David Grisman, Bryan Sutton, Larry Keel and many other artists. Comprised of musicians Matthew Davis, Thomas Cassell, Vince Ilagan, and Ben Garnett, Circus No. 9 is one of the most exciting new bands on the acoustic music scene today. Said Bryan Sutton, "Circus No. 9 represents everything that's good about the new generation of acoustic music. These guys already exhibit a maturity and musicianship that has me thinking we're going to be hearing great stuff from them for a long time!" Banjo extraordinaire Matthew Davis is the winner of both the National Banjo Championship and the Rockygrass Banjo Contest, achieving his musical chops at just age 18. Davis has also performed on the Grand Ole Opry, On the mandolin is Virginia’s own Thomas Cassell, winner of the 2016 Rockygrass Mandolin contest. From Knoxville, bassist Vince Ilagan holds a bass performance degree from the University of Tennessee. Nashville-based guitarist, composer, improviser and educator Ben Garnett earned a degree in jazz studies from University of North Texas.


Saturday September 28, 2019 12:15pm - 1:00pm EDT
Capitol Stage 90 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601