The HillBenders present The Who’s TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry

Forty-five  years after its original release, this classic of classic rock has now been fully realized as a full length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri’s The HillBenders.  Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying total respect to its creators.

Originally composed by guitarist Pete Townshend as a rock opera that tells the story about a deaf, dumb and blind boy, including his experiences with life and the relationship with his family. The original album has sold 20 million copies and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for “historical, artistic and significant value”.  In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Tommy number 96 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

Meyers had been looking for the right band to pull off this high wire bluegrass approach for several decades and The HillBenders are the right band.  With a perfect mix of virtuoso musicianship and rock star vocals, The HillBenders bring Pete Townshend’s original vision to life in a new and exciting way.

It’s amazing to hear banjo, dobro, mandolin, bass, and guitar bring the same energy and vision to Tommy as The Who did with a full rock band and orchestra.

Sit up close for The HillBenders present The WHO’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry and support the nonprofit Florida Theatre by becoming a Friend of the Theatre
Friends of the Florida Theatre at the Ensemble level and above purchase tickets now.
Eclub members use the code word  to purchase tickets on Thursday, January 19 at 9am. General public on sale Friday, January 20 at 10am.

The HillBenders

09 Apr
Sunday 8:00 pm
Ticket Prices $59.00
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