Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Nathan McEuen, and Mark Robertson-Tessi in concert
“It’s possible to be a strong female presence in the Bluegrass music world, but you have to be really strong. Laurie is one of the greatest Bluegrass artists, woman or man, because of her consistency over decades, the depth and width of her subject matter, her commitment to the Bluegrass form, and her technical command…”-Darol Anger 1996 Grammy nominees for Best Traditional Folk Album, Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum, play everything from straight-up bluegrass to traditional country to selections from more contemporary genres. Laurie Lewis has truly established herself as one of the finest, most diversely talented folk artists in traditional American and bluegrass music today. Lewis is a gifted fiddler, deft guitarist, inspired songwriter, and powerfully evocative singer. Tom Rozum is a former Tucsonan who played with the popular band, Summerdog Bluegrass and Mariachi Experience, back in the 70′s. Lewis and Rozum started performing together in 1987 when he joined her band Grant Street, a talent-laden combo that boosted the careers of string experts like banjo player Tony Furtado and guitarist Scott Nygaard. But after a serious car wreck in Arizona in 1994, the sudden confrontation with mortality led Lewis and Rozum to focus on honing the duo act they’d long thought about pursuing. Tom’s versatility and his background as a rock and swing musician adds a uniquely satisfying flavor to Laurie’s fiddle-playing and vocals. He plays primarily mandolin with the band, but is also an accomplished fiddle, mandola, and guitar player. Nathan McEuen, the son of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s John McEuen, has been exposed to music from a very young age and was fortunate to have mentors like Johnny Cash and Dolly Parton. Gifted with a remarkable singing voice, he has forged his own path, often being compared to the likes of Jack Johnson and Nickel Creek. Nathan has logged over 2,000 live performances, and he has performed in the season finale of American Idol with Steve Martin, on the Jay Leno show, and at the Grand Ole Opry. He has been a top-drawing act at LAVA’s Abounding Grace Sanctuary series as well as in the first season of Music on the Mountain, and he and Kevin Schramm opened for Gary Morris in the Vail Theatre of the Arts. A Tucson favorite, Nathan now returns to VTOTA to share the show with Laurie Lewis and Tom Rozum. Nathan will be accompanied by former Tucsonan Mark Robertson-Tessi. Mark is a virtuosic multi-instrumentalist whose specialty is mandolin. He was a long time member of The String Figures and Round The House. His career took him to Florida a few years ago. He and Nathan have combined their talents for some shows on the East Coast, and now Mark returns to Tucson to do this special show with Nathan at the Vail Theatre of the Arts. Advance Tickets: Orchestra section $22, Mezzanine section $17 (all fees included). If not sold out, tickets at door: Orchestra section $25, Mezzanine section $20. Note: The Vail Theatre of the Arts is located on the southeast side of Tucson, 2 miles north of I-10 and 2 miles south of Valencia, about 1/2 mile east of Houghton on Mary Ann Cleveland Way. Turn at the entrance to Empire High School. I Tickets also available Monday through Friday at the Vail Theatre of the Arts (cash or check only). Please call Bonnie at 879-3925 to make arrangements to purchase from the VTOTA office. Details, including video links, at www.vtota.org.
Vail Theatre of the Arts
10701 E Mary Ann Cleveland Way, Tucson, AZ 85747