Part of the Festival at Sandpoint series. The reunited Grammy Award-winning roots-music trio headlines a Super Saturday show. Starting in the 1990s they led the way in the fresh sound of progressive bluegrass music, blending varied influences into their own brand of “genre soup” where you can’t see exactly what’s in it, but you know you love it! The astoundingly talented trio includes mandolin player Chris Thile, guitarist Sean Watkins and violinist Sara Watkins. Championed by bluegrass superstar Alison Krauss and Sugar Hill Records, the band quickly caught fire with three popular and critically acclaimed releases. Formed in 1989, but dormant since 2007, the group agreed to commemorate their 25-year milestone with at least a few concerts and festivals. As soon as they reunited, the creative synergy of these practically life-long friends returned with a vengeance leading them to record a new album, A Dotted Line, in less than two weeks. While they still excel at detailed arrangements and leave room for their trademark improvisation, each member says they have grown as musicians in their time apart.
From the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to SxSW and all points beyond, special guest Head for the Hills creates a sound based in bluegrass that reaches into indie rock, jazz, hip hop, world and folk to stitch together fresh songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music.
Pear will open the show with their dynamic, high energy act that fuses country, pop and roots music into a playful and exciting performance. As veterans of the stage with Billboard-topping “Barrage,” husband and wife team Denis and Lynae Dufresne command audiences and push boundaries. The duo features Sandpoint native, Lynae Oliver. Gates will open at 4:30 p.m.