When: Sat., Jan. 9, 8 p.m. 2016
THE KRUGER BROTHERS
SATURDAY, JAN. 9
FLETCHER OPERA THEATER, RALEIGH—The Wilkesboro-via-Switzerland acoustic trio The Kruger Brothers fold classical techniques and jazz tactics into American folk music. Whether it's called progressive bluegrass or modern string band music remains a personal preference, but either way, the group pushes its form further than many stateside brethren.
Banjo player Jens Kruger and guitarist Uwe Kruger learned the stuff from Doc Watson records and even collaborated with the late North Carolina legend before moving to the United States more than a decade ago. Along with bassist Joel Landsberg, the brothers have become mainstays at Watson's MerleFest, thanks largely to picking traditional bluegrass at breakneck tempos. But the repertoire doesn't stop there. The trio moves from rustic, rootsy songwriting and almost effortlessly intricate instrumentals to complex compositions, like Jens' seven-movement concerto, Lucid Dreamer, which debuted during the 2014 Wide Open Bluegrass festival. The three-piece makes many area festival appearances, but the intimate confines of Fletcher Opera Theater offer a seemingly ideal setting to showcase the Krugers' superior songcraft, spirited playing and warm repartee. 8 p.m., $35–$37, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, 919-664-8302, www.pinecone.org. —Spencer Griffith