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(From left) Punch Brothers members Gabe Witcher on violin, Chris Eldridge, OC ’04, on guitar, frontman Chris Thile on mandolin, Paul Kowert on double bass and Noam Pikelny on banjo lock into a rhythm during their Artist Recital Series performance in Finney Chapel Sunday night. The bluegrass group demonstrated their talent and chemistry, but focused on diversity of repertoire at the expense of crowd-pleasing favorites.

Punch Brothers Meet, But Don’t Exceed, High Bar

March 14, 2014

When popular bluegrass band Punch Brothers turned out a last-minute show at the Cat in the Cream last semester, the raucous, enthusiastic concertgoers were treated to a hit parade culled primarily from the band’s crowd-pleasing last two albums. The clean acoustics of the small venue perfectly accentuated the show’s plunky, less bluegrass-heavy than usu­al set list. To be clear, it was one of the best concerts Oberlin has seen this year. But when the Punch Brothers took the Finney Chapel stage...

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