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Friday, April 28, 2023  ·  7:00 PM CDT

The Seldom Scene

4545 N Lincoln Ave · The Myron R. Szold Music & Dance Hall · 773.728.6000

Since forming nearly 50 years ago, The Seldom Scene has brought both freewheeling joy and immaculate musicianship to their inventive take on bluegrass, offering up spirited interpretations of songs from limitless genres. On their new album Changes, the band sharpens their focus to a highly specific body of work: songs first recorded in the 1960s and very early '70s, rooted in the archetypal storytelling of classic singer-songwriters. And in taking on the music of iconic artists like Bob Dylan and Townes Van Zandt, The Seldom Scene perform a sort of subtle magic: transforming the most stripped-bare songs into harmony-rich and elaborately arranged compositions, while wholly sustaining the charmed simplicity of each piece.

“When you've been around a long time, you know you've touched a lot of people, and that those people have a lot of memories tied to these songs,” notes Connell. And when it comes to sharing their latest material, Connell and his bandmates are happily continuing with the mission that's long guided The Seldom Scene. “There's a younger crowd coming into bluegrass all the time, and we love the idea of introducing them to songs they've maybe never heard before,” he says. “A good song will last forever, and we've always made sure to go with the songs that will way outlive us all.”