When: Fri., Feb. 22 2013
acoustic duo, 9 p.m.
You’d sooner catch the wind than circumscribe Larry Keel’s style. Sure, bluegrass is the easy answer, but from there it gets complicated. Keel grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia where he was surrounded by traditional mountain music. He’d never left the region until he turned 18 and auditioned for a bluegrass band at Tokyo Disneyland. (You can think of the group as sort of a non-animatronic Country Bear Jamboree.) For Keel, the gig was an appropriate kickoff for a career that has taken him around the world and back for over two decades with a variety of players — from his compadres in Natural Bridge and the Larry Keel Experience to the guys in Leftover Salmon and String Cheese Incident. A tremendous flatpicker, Keel takes on all genres — country, folk, rock, jazz, psychedelia, and jam — and somehow manages to keep from repeating himself. His output is even more impressive. Since the 1990s, he has released 14 albums, including last year’s Classic with Natural Bridge. —Chris Parker FRIDAY