John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center

The HillBenders

HillBenders Presenting: The Who's, Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry

Thursday, September 7 at 7:30PM 

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“We wanted to pair bluegrass with the other music we grew up with —rock and roll!” 

Nearly 45 years after its original release, this classic of classic rock has now been fully realized as a full length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri’s The HillBenders. Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying complete respect to its creators.

HillBenders, Sept 7, Bardo Arts Center 

It's incredible to hear banjo, dobro, mandolin, bass, and guitar bring the same energy and vision to Tommy as The Who did with a full rock band and orchestra.

The HillBenders are one of the few bluegrass groups that recognize their ability to bridge the gap between the common music consumer and the bluegrass genre, selecting material that defies any hillbilly stigmas. With their widely varied influences, they are trying to bring to bluegrass songs that unify. 



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