General admission tickets: $15
Mandolin master Steve Smith and members of the Hard Road Trio will work with SFUAD's Acoustic American Ensemble in a clinic/workshop format. The focus will be aspects of performing bluegrass and traditional Americana music, in preparation for the 7:30 p.m. performance the same evening. The student ensemble will serve as the opening act for the Hard Road Trio concert.
The public is invited to attend this open clinic free-of-charge; tickets for the concert are $15 general admission.
The Hard Road Trio’s sound has grown from Steve’s love of bluegrass rooted in his native Virginia, the beauty of choral singing ever-present in Chris’ Minnesota childhood and the musical traditions of Anne’s New Mexico family. Together, north and south meet the west and create a unique heartbeat ... a spacious sound full of light that "...refuses any one label, except perhaps that of good, evocative music,” says Bluegrass Unlimited.
The Trio has traveled the U.S., appearing at the Desert Bluegrass Festival in Tucson, the Black Hills Bluegrass Festival and Bluegrass on the Green in Illinois in 2011. Steve, Chris and Anne have been seen at the Bozeman Folklore Society, Yellowstone Bluegrass, Berkeley’s Freight and Salvage, Swallow Hill, the Wildflower Concert Series, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Oklahoma Intl. Bluegrass Festival, Albuquerque Folkfest, Santa Fe Old Time and Bluegrass Festival, the Rio Grande Theatre, Goodfolks Producions, Uncle Calvin’s and the Prism Coffeehouse. 2012 will take them east to the Tidewater Friends of Folk Music, Ashland Coffee and Tea, the Jalopy Theater, the International House of Musical Traditions and the Rice Festival in November.
Trio members have been on faculty at Camp Bluegrass, Hill Country Acoustic Music Camp, Zoukfest, California Coast Music Camp and the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop. For more information, visit http://www.hardroadtrio.com .