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Peoples Bank Theatre

The sounds of bluegrass are coming to Marietta College's Esbenshade Series when Steep Canyon Rangers take the stage at Peoples Bank Theatre (222 Putnam St.) at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, March 22nd. The Grammy-winning sextet blends a bluegrass aesthetic with elements of pop, country and folk rock to create their unique sound.

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, Steep Canyon Rangers came together in 2000. Since that time, they have developed a remarkable catalog of original music that links them to the past while also demonstrating their ambitious intent to bring string-based music into contemporary relevance. The band’s 2013 album, “Nobody Knows You,” won the Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album. In 2017, they released “Out in the Open,” their most ambitious album yet. The band has become well-known for collaborating with comedian and banjo player Steve Martin; their 2012 album with Martin, “Rare Bird Alert,” received a Grammy nomination as Best Bluegrass Album.

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets must be reserved at www.peoplesbanktheatre.com. Individuals may reserve up to four tickets starting Monday, February 10th.

This event has been funded by the Frederica G. Esbenshade Memorial Fund, which provides annual income for the purpose of bringing lectures, performing artists or programs of diverse nature to the campus for public appearances. The endowed fund was established in 1980 by Harry H. Esbenshade, Sr. and Harry H. Esbenshade, Jr., husband and son, respectively, of the late Mrs. Esbenshade of Uniontown, Pennsylvania. All events are free and open to the public.