I'm With Her
Tickets: $80 / $70
**Lawn ticket price increases by $5 on the day of the performance.
From blues chords to bluegrass, Chris Thile takes listeners of his genre-bending quintet the Punch Brothers on as immersive an adventure as listeners of A Prairie Home Companion. “The question of genre becomes one of orchestration and texture,” Thile says of writing for and with his bandmates guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny, and fiddle player Gabe Witcher. “It’s content and intent, and you can put anything on any collection of instruments. A truly great piece of music, whether it’s by Radiohead or Bach [both of whom Punch Brothers have covered], survives any amount of orchestration. … We can get racy, no holds barred, anything’s on the table musically.” Their latest album, The Phosphorescent Blues, truly held nothing back, fusing “jazz instrumental chops and acoustic earthiness, Beach Boys harmonies and Debussy string dances, slinky acoustic rock songs and blues laments” (Chicago Tribune). Just before he took over as host of APHC last fall, took another turn as a musical curator, leading a four-day festival of roots music at the Kennedy Center dubbed “American Acoustic.” This summer he takes the show on the road, stopping at Ravinia with I’m With Her, a folk trio comprising Thile’s Nickel Creek cofounder Sara Watkins along with Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O’Donovan, and jazz/folk guitarist Julian Lage.