Arts & Humanities

Grammy-winning Steep Canyon Rangers to perform

Steep Canyon Rangers (Photo by Sandlin Gaither)

The sounds of bluegrass are coming to the University of Georgia Performing Arts Center when Steep Canyon Rangers take the Hodgson Hall stage May 3 for a 7:30 p.m. show. 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.

Tickets for the concert start at $30 and can be purchased at the Performing Arts Center box office, online at or by calling 706-542-4400. A limited number of discounted tickets are available to current UGA students for $10 with a valid UGA ID (limit one ticket per student).

The concert is sponsored by Paul and Carol Kurtz.

Hodgson Hall is located in the UGA Performing Arts Center at 230 River Road in Athens.