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    Nonesuch Events for the Weekend of October 4–6

    Nonesuch artists Emmylou Harris, Kronos Quartet, Robert Plant, Chris Thile, his fellow Punch Brothers, and Yola all head to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this weekend for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the free, annual outdoor music festival, now in its nineteenth year. You can listen to a playlist of music from all of these artists on our Playlists page.

    Kronos Quartet brings its Music for Change: Pete Seeger @ 100 program to the Banjo stage this afternoon. Joined by special guests Brian Carpenter, Lee Knight, Meklit, Aoife O’Donovan, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Kronos marks the late singer-songwriter's centenary with a concert of his songs.

    Chris Thile hosts his public radio show, Live From Here, from the Towers of Gold Stage this afternoon, joined by special guests Grace Potter, J.S. Ondara, and Aoife O'Donovan. Thile joins his fellow Punch Brothers for their fourth performance at the festival, on the Rooster Stage on Sunday evening.

    Yola makes her Hardly Strictly Bluegrass debut as part of Buddy Miller's Cavalcade of Stars on the Rooster Stage on Saturday afternoon. Her Dan Auerbach–produced debut album, Walk Through Fire, has been named one of The Best Albums of 2019 (So Far) by NPR Music.

    Robert Plant is back for his third Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, performing music from his albums Carry Fire, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, and more with his band The Sensational Space Shifters at the Towers of Gold Stage on Saturday evening.

    Emmylou Harris is a Hardly Strictly Bluegrass mainstay, having performed at the festival every year, and takes her regular headlining spot on the Banjo Stage on Sunday afternoon.

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    Sam Amidon is joined by guitarist Marc Ribot and an extended ensemble of improvising musicians for a performance at National Concert Hall in Dublin on Sunday. Amidon’s Fatal Flower Garden EP (A Tribute to Harry Smith) is due November 15 on Nonesuch Records.

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    Laurie Anderson curates a Lincoln Center Nightcap event at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse in New York City on Saturday, followed by a free duo performance with John Zorn at The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street on Sunday.

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    Attacca Quartet performs composer Caroline Shaw’s Plan and Elevation at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston on Sunday afternoon. The piece is one of six of Shaw's works that Attacca performs on the new album Orange, which has received widespread critical acclaim; Pitchfork says: "The music of Orange exudes joy and a sense of wildness.”

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    Devendra Banhart performs music from and signs copies of his new album, Ma, at BooksActually in Tiong Bahru, Singapore, tonight; he also signs copies of his new book of poetry, Weeping Gang Bliss Void Yab-Yum. “Banhart's singular world remains as intoxicating as ever on the earthly, analogue-sounding Ma,” says Q in its four-star review. “It feels as if all of human life is here.”

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    The Black Keys continue their "Let's Rock" tour at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee tonight and Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Saturday. The band’s ninth studio album, "Let's Rock," was released in June via Easy Eye Sound / Nonesuch Records and debuted at number 1 on the US Top Current Album Chart. “From top to bottom, the 12-track 'Let’s Rock' holds tight to captivating instrumentation, with guitar at the center,” says the Associated Press. “The Black Keys are rock royalty and to the relief of many, they aren’t quite ready to relinquish their reign.”

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    David Byrne’s American Utopia begins a strictly limited engagement on Broadway at the intimate Hudson Theatre tonight, with the official Opening Night on October 20 and performances scheduled through January 19.

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    Daughter of SwordsMountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig—performs as special guest of Hiss Golden Messenger at The Casbah in San Diego tonight and Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on Saturday. Her debut album, Dawnbreaker, recently released on Nonesuch, “reveals her effortless skill as a songwriter as she delivers an homage to the betwixt and between of a relationship in its twilight,” says Pitchfork.

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    Rhiannon Giddens and multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, currently touring the US in support of her new album, there is no Other, play sold-out shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City tonight and Saturdaythere is no Other “is acoustic roots music at its most glorious,” exclaims Uncut, “and Giddens is fast becoming the genre’s brightest star in the firmament.” The album has made Rolling Stone’s list of The 50 Best Albums of 2019 So Far, and American Songwriter calls Giddens “one of the most important musical minds currently walking the planet.”

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    Lake Street Dive plays the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, tonight, and Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, both as special guest of The Avett Brothers, followed by its own show at The Palace Theatre in Albany on Sunday.

    Lake Street Dive singer-songwriter Rachael Price and composer, singer, and guitarist Vilray released their self-titled debut album, Rachael & Vilray, on Nonesuch today.

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    The Brad Mehldau Trio—Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums—is in Portugal this weekend, performing at Centro Cultural e Congressos in Caldas da Rainha tonight, Centro de Artes e Espectáculos in Figueira da Foz on Saturday, and Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon on Sunday.

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    Gaby Moreno continues her European tour in Germany this weekend, with concerts at Cultino in Bad Reichenhall tonight, Fichters Kulturladen in Ramsau on Saturday, and Schlachthof Lahr in Lahr on Sunday. ¡Spangled!—Moreno’s collaboration with American musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer Van Dyke Parks—was released today on Nonesuch.

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Emmylou Harris, Kronos Quartet, Robert Plant, Chris Thile, Punch Brothers, Yola play Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco …Sam Amidon performs in Dublin … Laurie Anderson leads Lincoln Center Nightcap, plays duo show with John Zorn … Attacca Quartet performs Caroline Shaw in Boston … Devendra Banhart gives in-store in Singapore ... The Black Keys play Milwaukee, Detroit … David Byrne’s American Utopia begins Broadway run … Daughter of Swords tours California … Rhiannon Giddens performs at Met Museum in NYC … Lake Street Dive plays Massachusetts, New York … Brad Mehldau Trio tours Portugal … Gaby Moreno tours Germany …

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Nonesuch artists Emmylou Harris, Kronos Quartet, Robert Plant, Chris Thile, his fellow Punch Brothers, and Yola all head to San Francisco's Golden Gate Park this weekend for Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, the free, annual outdoor music festival, now in its nineteenth year. You can listen to a playlist of music from all of these artists on our Playlists page.

Kronos Quartet brings its Music for Change: Pete Seeger @ 100 program to the Banjo stage this afternoon. Joined by special guests Brian Carpenter, Lee Knight, Meklit, Aoife O’Donovan, and the San Francisco Girls Chorus, Kronos marks the late singer-songwriter's centenary with a concert of his songs.

Chris Thile hosts his public radio show, Live From Here, from the Towers of Gold Stage this afternoon, joined by special guests Grace Potter, J.S. Ondara, and Aoife O'Donovan. Thile joins his fellow Punch Brothers for their fourth performance at the festival, on the Rooster Stage on Sunday evening.

Yola makes her Hardly Strictly Bluegrass debut as part of Buddy Miller's Cavalcade of Stars on the Rooster Stage on Saturday afternoon. Her Dan Auerbach–produced debut album, Walk Through Fire, has been named one of The Best Albums of 2019 (So Far) by NPR Music.

Robert Plant is back for his third Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, performing music from his albums Carry Fire, lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, and more with his band The Sensational Space Shifters at the Towers of Gold Stage on Saturday evening.

Emmylou Harris is a Hardly Strictly Bluegrass mainstay, having performed at the festival every year, and takes her regular headlining spot on the Banjo Stage on Sunday afternoon.

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Sam Amidon is joined by guitarist Marc Ribot and an extended ensemble of improvising musicians for a performance at National Concert Hall in Dublin on Sunday. Amidon’s Fatal Flower Garden EP (A Tribute to Harry Smith) is due November 15 on Nonesuch Records.

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Laurie Anderson curates a Lincoln Center Nightcap event at Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse in New York City on Saturday, followed by a free duo performance with John Zorn at The Auditorium at 66 West 12th Street on Sunday.

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Attacca Quartet performs composer Caroline Shaw’s Plan and Elevation at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston on Sunday afternoon. The piece is one of six of Shaw's works that Attacca performs on the new album Orange, which has received widespread critical acclaim; Pitchfork says: "The music of Orange exudes joy and a sense of wildness.”

---

Devendra Banhart performs music from and signs copies of his new album, Ma, at BooksActually in Tiong Bahru, Singapore, tonight; he also signs copies of his new book of poetry, Weeping Gang Bliss Void Yab-Yum. “Banhart's singular world remains as intoxicating as ever on the earthly, analogue-sounding Ma,” says Q in its four-star review. “It feels as if all of human life is here.”

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The Black Keys continue their "Let's Rock" tour at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee tonight and Little Caesars Arena in Detroit on Saturday. The band’s ninth studio album, "Let's Rock," was released in June via Easy Eye Sound / Nonesuch Records and debuted at number 1 on the US Top Current Album Chart. “From top to bottom, the 12-track 'Let’s Rock' holds tight to captivating instrumentation, with guitar at the center,” says the Associated Press. “The Black Keys are rock royalty and to the relief of many, they aren’t quite ready to relinquish their reign.”

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David Byrne’s American Utopia begins a strictly limited engagement on Broadway at the intimate Hudson Theatre tonight, with the official Opening Night on October 20 and performances scheduled through January 19.

---

Daughter of SwordsMountain Man's Alexandra Sauser-Monnig—performs as special guest of Hiss Golden Messenger at The Casbah in San Diego tonight and Teragram Ballroom in Los Angeles on Saturday. Her debut album, Dawnbreaker, recently released on Nonesuch, “reveals her effortless skill as a songwriter as she delivers an homage to the betwixt and between of a relationship in its twilight,” says Pitchfork.

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Rhiannon Giddens and multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, currently touring the US in support of her new album, there is no Other, play sold-out shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City tonight and Saturdaythere is no Other “is acoustic roots music at its most glorious,” exclaims Uncut, “and Giddens is fast becoming the genre’s brightest star in the firmament.” The album has made Rolling Stone’s list of The 50 Best Albums of 2019 So Far, and American Songwriter calls Giddens “one of the most important musical minds currently walking the planet.”

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Lake Street Dive plays the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts, tonight, and Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday, both as special guest of The Avett Brothers, followed by its own show at The Palace Theatre in Albany on Sunday.

Lake Street Dive singer-songwriter Rachael Price and composer, singer, and guitarist Vilray released their self-titled debut album, Rachael & Vilray, on Nonesuch today.

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The Brad Mehldau Trio—Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums—is in Portugal this weekend, performing at Centro Cultural e Congressos in Caldas da Rainha tonight, Centro de Artes e Espectáculos in Figueira da Foz on Saturday, and Centro Cultural de Belém in Lisbon on Sunday.

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Gaby Moreno continues her European tour in Germany this weekend, with concerts at Cultino in Bad Reichenhall tonight, Fichters Kulturladen in Ramsau on Saturday, and Schlachthof Lahr in Lahr on Sunday. ¡Spangled!—Moreno’s collaboration with American musician, songwriter, arranger, and producer Van Dyke Parks—was released today on Nonesuch.

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