Backed by the River, Fronted by the Grave

The entire Grammy-winning cast of Eighth Blackbird takes the stage with virtuoso accordionist Michael Ward-Bergeman. Hailing from the Big Easy, Ward-Bergeman has written for Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Project and dazzled at venues from Gainesville Correctional Facility to Carnegie Hall. He joins 8bb in a lively exploration of the song tradition incorporating Argentinian folk songs, indie rock anthems, 16th century madrigals, New Orleans second line tunes and a contemporary take on the Murder Ballad tradition for a program that zings, zooms and zips with verve and wit.