Living Bluegrass legend Del McCoury may be 72-years-old, but he keeps a working schedule that would have most twentysomething musicians begging for mercy. This year, McCoury and his band toured extensively (including a local date at the Aronoff) with the Preservation Hall Band in support of their joint album, American Legacies. For most septuagenarians, that would have been plenty of action for (at least) a year, but over the summer McCoury hit the road with his sons' band, The Travelin' McCourys (his kids are also in McCoury's group), and Keller Williams, along the way playing practically every music fest imaginable, including, of course, Del's own DelFest. Oh, and McCoury was inducted into the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame last year to boot.
The travel companions close out their festival circuit touring with Delloween, billed as a two-day, two-city "indoor festival on wheels." The Halloween blowouts — taking place Friday in Covington and Saturday in Roanoke, Va.
— will begin with a rare "loop-less" acoustic set from Williams, who's known for his improv skills as well as his use of guitar effects to create a huge sound. Then, The Del McCoury band will perform a retrospective set, no doubt including classic McCoury standards, new material and likely a surprise or two. Williams and The Travelin' McCourys close the night out with a "late night set."Delloween promises "innovative sets that all but erase the boundaries of a regular theatre gig," so there's no telling what to expect. The tricks should be plentiful and the treat is a rare one for Cincinnati-area "Del Heads."
DELLOWEEN WITH THE DEL MCCOURY BAND takes place Friday, Oct. 28 at Madison Theater and includes performances by THE TRAVELIN' MCCOURYS and KELLER WILLIAMS. Buy tickets, check out performance times and get venue details here.