Bruce Hornsby Kicks Off Brew Thru Summer Concert Series [Concert Preview]
National recording artists Live, Gin Blossoms, The Spin Doctors, and Cracker, are all coming to the Outer Banks as part of the 2014 Brew Thru Summer Concert Series at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, but it all kicks off with Grammy winner and Virginia native Bruce Hornsby this month!
Bruce Hornsby’s debut album The Way It Is was released in 1986 and sold 2 million copies and remained on the charts for a year and a half. The title track remains his biggest hit to date, but the album also gave us other classic singles, including “Mandolin Rain” and “Every Little Kiss”, which helped Bruce win the Best New Artist Grammy Award in 1987.
Hornsby co-wrote and played piano on Don Henley’s “The End of the Innocence”, and he played piano on Bonnie Rait’s “I Can’t Make You Love Me”, in addition to touring as The Grateful Dead’s keyboardist for more than 100 shows until the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995.
Twenty five years after winning a Best New Artist Grammy and launching one of contemporary music’s most diverse and collaborative careers, Bruce Hornsby is still, blissfully, making joyful noise—and finding clever, expansive ways to chronicle the dynamic musical snapshots along the journey. His songs capture the playful, freewheeling spirit and unique chemistry of his longtime band The Noisemakers.
“I think the guys in the Noisemakers like the gig because there’s never a dull moment and we attempt to keep the spontaneity factor high,” says Hornsby. “The watchword is always, ‘Watch Bruce.’ I’m a fairly loose leader and I don’t like to rehearse! We mostly just ride around the country on a bus and laugh a lot. Hopefully you can hear that loose spirit in our shows; I just don’t take things too seriously.”
For all his talents as a singer, bandleader and pianist with an instantly identifiable sound, Hornsby is a songwriter at heart who is committed to portraying his songs in new ways that allow them to evolve and expand.
Bruce Hornsby and his band The Noisemakers will be live in concert at Roanoke Island Festival Park on Thursday, June 26, with special guests the Pat McGee Band and ChessBoxer.
The doors open at 5:30 and showtime is at 5:45pm.
Tickets are $35 and available online here.