“Del McCoury is a national treasure.”
“Del McCoury. The High Lonesome Master. Period.”
“New Orleans’ Preservation Hall Jazz Band keeps the joyousness alive.”
Since opening its doors to the public in 1961, it has been the mission of the Preservation Hall to showcase the national treasures of traditional New Orleans jazz music. Forty-eight years later, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band still represents the best opportunity for music fans the world over to experience the planet’s happiest music. Boasting a direct lineage from the earliest incarnations of New Orleans jazz, the current roster of the Preservation Hall Jazz Band features some of the Crescent City’s finest and most exciting musicians. These unforgettable, multi-generational players proudly carry on the traditions passed forward from the most prolific jazz heritage on earth.
The Del McCoury Band is a world-class bluegrass ensemble that performs original and traditional compositions with eloquent harmonies and “ferocious, purebred musicianship” (USA Today). Holding more than 30 trophies from the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards (including 9 for Entertainer of the Year) and multiple Grammy awards and nominations, they’re the most honored group in bluegrass history, earning the acclaim of colleagues throughout the music industry, ranging from Dierks Bentley to pop star Bjork to jam band favorites Phish. Their fans, many of whom proudly claim the title of “Del- Head,” are equally diverse and unanimously passionate, filling venues from Carnegie Hall and Kennedy Center to New Orleans’ Preservation Hall and the Grand Ole Opry.
Together in concert, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and the Del McCoury Band create a seamless blend of soul-lifting traditional harmonies as the high and lonesome sound of the Appalachians meets the hot and lively jazz of New Orleans. Fresh off a fruitful recording collaboration, as well as a joint performance at Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday celebration in Madison Square Garden, these American Musical Legacies are taking their show on the road. Audiences will thrill to this very special opportunity to witness the coming together of two legendary groups of musicians from two distinctly American musical lineages.