Catch ‘Mr. Sun’ String Band on Daylight Savings Day, March 13, at the Jones House

Published Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 4:03 pm

Mr. Sun, one of the hottest touring string bands, will shine a light at the Jones House Cultural and Community Center on Sunday, March 13 – daylight savings day – continuing the 2016 Winter/Spring Indoor Concerts series.

Mr. Sun

Mr. Sun

The band of stringed instrument virtuoso musicians includes fiddler Darol Anger, mandolin player Joe Walsh, guitarist Grant Gordy, and Ethan Jodziewicz on bass.

Based in the Boston area, where several members have connections as instructors and alums with the prestigious Berklee School of Music, the quartet performs a repertoire of their own original instrumental music and songs from the American roots canon.

“I’ve been checking out their music and performances online, and I am very excited to have Mr. Sun come to the Jones House,” says concert organizer, Mark Freed.  “These four are some of the best on each of their respective instruments, and they come together in really exciting and dynamic ways.”

Fiddler Darol Anger first hit the national scene as a founding member of the David Grisman Quintet in 1977.  He is perhaps most well known for his collaborations with fellow Grisman Quintet alumnus, Mike Marshall.  The two have made numerous recordings and countless performances together.  Known as one of the genre-forging leaders of the “new-grass” style, combining elements of jazz, bluegrass, and other styles, Anger has played and recorded with a who’s who of American acoustic string musicians, such as Tony Rice, Mark O’Connor, Nickel Creek, The Punch Brothers, Bela Fleck, and Michael Doucet.

Mandolin player and singer, Joe Walsh, is hailed as one of the leading mandolin players on the scene today, and he is the first to be admitted to Berklee College of Music for an MA with a principal instrument of the mandolin.  Walsh has recorded on several International Bluegrass Music Association award-winning albums with the Gibson Brothers.

Like Anger, Gordy rose to national attention playing with the David Grisman Quintet, holding the guitar post for six years, until resettling in New York City in the last couple years.  “Grant belongs to the new elite of American acoustic practitioners who are pushing the ever-expanding envelope of a musical frontier,” says David Grisman in a quote on Gordy’s website.  In addition to Grisman, Gordy has worked alongside Edgar Meyer, Steve Martin, Aoife O’Donovan, and many more.

Double bassist Ethan Jodziewicz (“yo-JEH-vits”) is a rising star on the acoustic music scene, making his home in Nashville.  In addition to playing with Mr. Sun, Jodziewicz records and tours with Sierra Hull and as a duo with Tatiana Hargreaves.  In his short time on the national scene, Jodziewicz has already graced the stages at Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, A Prairie Home Companion, and Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

“This is a great opportunity to hear some of the country’s best string band musicians playing up close and unamplified,” Freed says.

The concert begins at 7:30 on March 13, with the doors opening at 7:00 p.m.  Concerts take place in the Mazie Jones Gallery in the Jones House, and there is a limit of 40 seats for the performance.  Advanced reservations are encouraged, as the show is expected to sell out.  Seats are $20 per person and will include an opportunity to meet the band.

For more information about the performance, including reservations and a complete Fall Concerts schedule, please visit www.joneshouse.org or contact the Town of Boone Cultural Resources Department at 828.268.6280.

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