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Circus Number 9
July 13, 2018 @ 9:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Circus No. 9 is East Tennessee’s own Progressive Bluegrass outfit, blurring the lines between bluegrass, jazz, jambands, and more. Described as “John Hartford meets John Coltrane,” musicians Matthew Davis, Thomas Cassell, and Vince Ilagan make Circus No. 9 one of the most exciting new bands on the acoustic music scene today.
Banjo extraordinaire Matthew Davis is the winner of both the National Banjo Championship and the Rockygrass Banjo Contest, not to mention the achievement of his musical chops at just age 18. Davis has performed on the Grand Ole Opry, among other venues and shows around the country. On the mandolin is Virginian Thomas Cassell, the winner of the 2016 Rockygrass Mandolin contest. Holding down the low end for the band is Knoxville’s Vince Ilagan, a guy with not only a college degree in bass performance, but also years of studio and touring experience.
The band’s latest album, Modernus, was released in March.
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