We just finished up our IRIS Chamber Orchestra concert with the bluegrass trio Time for Three, and these guys completely brought down the house. It was really amazing. These three guys (Zach, Nick, and Ranaan) combine the best of bluegrass with the best of classical playing. Their tunes are filled with quotes and structural components from classical music blended with raunchy bluegrass, and the result is irresistable.
The Germantown Performing Arts Center audience was about ready to storm the stage with excitement. Never in the seven years that IRIS has been in existence have I ever seen such a positive audience reaction.time
Playing bluegrass for a Tennessee audience (even one as refined as the IRIS crowd) is like throwing raw meat to a pack of wolves. The audience went nuts, letting their country side out and loving it.
These guys are really awesome in every way. I was hanging out with them last night on Beale Street in Memphis, and they were just as cool and fun in person as they were on stage.