Win Tickets To Eighth Blackbird w/Will Oldham (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy)!
Four-time Grammy Award-winning sextet Eighth Blackbird featuring special guest Will Oldham (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy) will perform at The Neptune on May 4th! The centerpiece of their program is "Murder Ballades," a work by composer Bryce Dessner, best known for his work as the guitarist for the indie rock band The National.
Dessner writes: "When Eighth Blackbird asked me for a piece, I immediately knew what to do: let great American folk music inspire a great American new music ensemble. The 'murder ballad' has its roots in a European tradition, in which grisly details of bloody homicides are recounted through song. When this tradition came to America, it developed its own vernacular, with stories and songs being told and retold over the generations."
Will Oldham (aka Bonnie "Prince" Billy), joins the ensemble for Frederic Rzewski's "Coming Together," inspired by a letter written by Sam Melville—convicted for bombing eight New York City buildings in 1969—months before the Attica prison riot that marked his death. Additionally, Eighth Blackbird will join Bonnie "Prince" Billy in several of his songs that he selected for the program.
Wanna go? Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing us with the subject line "Murder Ballades" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 5/3. Good luck!
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