Red Rocks Amphitheatre | Morrison, CO
Classical music with a bluegrass twist, music so complex to pull off that the group likens it to a goat rodeo, an airplane pilots' nickname for a situation in which a lot of complex and different things need to go right to avoid disaster, a reference to the unusual and challenging aspects of blending classical and bluegrass music. Not Our First Goat Rodeo at Red Rocks Amphitheater on Monday 16th August 2021 featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, and joined by Aoife O’Donovan. Grab some tickets to this once in a decade event, you do not want to be left out.
An astounding group of virtuosos, Yo-Yo Ma on cello, Stuart Duncan on fiddle, Edgar Meyer on bass, and Chris Thile on mandolin. Reunited live at Red Rocks for the first time in almost a decade and joined by featured vocalist Aoife O’Donovan, the lively talents of these exceptional artists come together on stage to create a singular sound that’s part composed, part improvised, and uniquely American.
2011’s Grammy-winning Goat Rodeo Sessions was the first step in this path breaking collaboration, producing music that NPR’s World Café called "organic yet composed in a way that only four deeply talented, in-tune musicians could make it," hinting "at Appalachia, Chinese classical, Celtic, and jazz influences." Now, the group reunites this summer to perform a collection of all-new music, accompanied by the new album, Not Our First Goat Rodeo, which released in summer 2020, debuting at number one on the Billboard Classical, Classical Crossover, and Bluegrass charts and won Grammy Awards for Best Folk Album and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. These five musicians’ diverse traditions and experiences intersect to create a compelling sound that is at once global and American, a shared voice that speaks powerfully to the American experience.