The Hillbenders Present The Who's Tommy

A Bluegrass Opry

Capitol Theater
201 State Street
Madison, WI 53703
United States

Event Description:

“Ever since I was a young boy I played the silver ball”

Maybe not your standard bluegrass lyric, but a line known by all the world from the biggest rock opera of all time, The Who’s Tommy.

45 years after its original release, this classic of classic rock has now been fully realized as a full length bluegrass tribute featuring Springfield, Missouri’s The HillBenders. Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and longtime musician/producer Louis Jay Meyers, this Bluegrass Opry brings a new perspective to Tommy while paying total respect to its creators.

The HillBenders are one of the few bluegrass groups that recognize their ability to bridge the gap between the common music consumer and the bluegrass genre, selecting material that defies any hillbilly stigmas. With their widely varied influences, they are trying to bring to bluegrass songs that unify. “We wanted to pair bluegrass with the other music we grew up with —rock and roll!” say HillBender Nolan Lawrence.

The live performance is a full 75 minute show covering the original album from start to finish with audience participation.

Let’s Get Social!

Why just see a show? Join us for a Get Social pre-show party – tickets cost just $15 in addition to the price of your performance ticket — and we’ll knock a few dollars off the performance ticket if you buy them together!

Young Professionals Edition!
THU, NOV 10, 2016 • 6 PM 
Speed pinball networking, appetizers, themed-drinks and more, designed for young professionals but all are welcome. Presented in partnership with Madison Magnet and YNPNMadison.