The world-renowned Kruger Brothers will be performing at the Vail Theatre of the Arts at 7 p.m. Sept 12.
Originally from Switzerland, brothers Jens and Uwe Kruger have been performing professionally since they were 11 and 12 years old. Jens is known as one of the most innovative and technically proficient banjo players in the world, and Uwe astonishes audiences with his mellow baritone voice along with his unique guitar style that combines flat picking and finger picking.
Bass player Joel Landsberg, a native of New York City, was exposed to a variety of musical influences including Broadway, classical, jazz and rhythm and blues during his formative years. He moved to Switzerland in 1989 and was initiated into the “Kruger Brotherhood” in early 1995. He has been performing with the band full time ever since.
The three have cultivated the distinctive Kruger Brothers sound, with elements of bluegrass, folk and even classical music.
The Kruger Brothers have released 18 albums, including “Remembering Doc Watson,” which was just released in April. The trio met Doc when they were invited to play at Merlefest in
Wilkesboro, N.C., in 1997. The following fall they wrote a song called “Carolina in the Fall,” which became one of Doc’s favorites, and a close friendship ensued. In 2003, The Kruger Brothers moved to the Wilkesboro area to live near Doc and the Watson family, and they have performed at Merlefest almost every year since.
The Dreadnutts, winners of the 1991 Telluride Bluegrass Band Contest, will open the show.