Flawless harmonies. Finely crafted, tasteful picking. Some of the most instantly recognizable folk-rock tunes ever written. Chris Hillman and Herb Pedersen played alongside Roger McGuinn, David Crosby, Neil Young, Al Perkins and so many more as young guns, and now, they’re bringing their signature mix of traditional gospel and bluegrass songs with old hits from the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, and the Desert Rose Band to the Earlville Opera House Friday, August 14th, at 8pm.
Arguably the pioneer of the genre known as folk-rock, Chris Hillman has carved a permanent niche in the history of contemporary American music. In 1965, he joined up with the Byrds, and later, with Gram Parsons, where he was instrumental in defining the sound of country-rock of that era. He played in the Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, and the Desert Rose Band as well.
Herb Pedersen began his career in Berkeley, California in the early 60’s playing 5-string banjo and acoustic guitar with people like David Grisman and Jerry Garcia. His recording discography is like a who’s who of the singer/songwriter scene. In the 1980s, Pedersen joined with Hillman to form bluegrassy country-rock band Desert Rose; when that band broke up in 1994, Pedersen and Hillman began playing together as a duo.
Don’t miss an evening with these exciting and virtuosic players on Friday, August 14th, at 8pm. Admission is $26 for nonmembers, $23 for members, and students are discounted to $21. Premium pricing applies for the front-most four rows. The Earlville Opera House is wheelchair-accessible with a ramp and a lift. Don’t forget to visit our three Earlville Galleries with three quilt exhibits and the Artisans’ Gift Shop featuring over 35 regional artists showcasing everything from jewelry to blown glass to pottery. The EOH Arts Café will open one hour before the performance, serving freshly baked desserts and hot coffee and tea.
Before the show! Good Nature Brewing will be hosting a Listening Party at their brewery in Hamilton NY from 5 pm to 7 pm. Listen to tunes by Hillman and Pedersen and enjoy draft specials for Hillman and Pedersen ticket holders and EOH members!
For more information, or to reserve your seats, call 315-691-3550 or order online at www.earlvilleoperahouse.com. The Opera House is located at 18 East Main Street, in Earlville, NY.
EOH events are made possible, in part, with funds from New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and through the generosity of EOH members.