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Last modified: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Punch Brothers to perform at IU Auditorium April 7

WHAT: Punch Brothers
WHEN: April 7, 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: IU Auditorium
TICKETS: $13-$19 for children and IU Bloomington students with a valid ID and $25-$28 for general public, on sale now. Individual tickets may be purchased online at, in person at the IU Auditorium Box Office, as well as through, all Ticketmaster outlets, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000. The IU Auditorium Box Office is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

March 23, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. --The bluegrass/classical/folk/country/rock band Punch Brothers will make its Indiana University Auditorium debut April 7 at 7:30 p.m. The Punch Brothers -- whose name is taken from the Mark Twain short story, Punch, Brothers, Punch! -- is composed of some of the most in-demand performers in the world of bluegrass, folk and traditional music.

Punch Brothers

Punch Brothers

Brought together by former Nickel Creek member Chris Thile, Punch Brothers became a major part of the bluegrass music scene after its four-movement piece "The Blind Leaving the Blind." Though the group hadn't chosen a name at the time, Punch Brothers released an album in 2006, How to Grow a Woman From the Ground, earning a Grammy Award nomination for the song "The Eleventh Reel." The band's second album, Punch, in 2008, featured "The Blind Leaving the Blind." The band members collaborate on all works and complement each other's music with a unique, never-heard-before style.

"Punch Brothers bring improvised riff, incredible artistry and a sense of humor to their performances, and their exciting fusion of music genres will bring an organic music style to Bloomington," said Doug Booher, director of IU Auditorium.

Members of Punch Brothers are Thile, mandolin; Gabe Witcher, fiddle/ violin; Moan Pikenly, banjo; Chris Eldridge, guitar; and Paul Kowert, bass.

Punch Brothers performed on American Public Media's "A Prairie Home Companion" in December 2009 in New York City and have appeared on the "Tonight Show with Jay Leno." The band recently performed to a sold out audience at Carnegie Hall and is scheduled to perform at Bonnaroo Music Festival this summer. The band is also featured in an upcoming feature-length documentary, How to Grow a Band, and was also among the finalists for the ESPN battle of the bands "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" interpretation competition.

More information on Punch Brothers and all shows on IU Auditorium's 2009-2010 season can be found at The Web site features video clips and a selection of songs from this season's performances, in addition to podcasts and a direct link to the IU Auditorium Facebook Fan Page and Twitter page, whose members receive exclusive benefits throughout the year.

Punch Brothers is sponsored by Regions, Bloomington Hospital, WFIU and WTIU. The IU Auditorium 2009-2010 season is presented by Curry Auto Center, B97, The Herald-Times, Indiana University Document Service Center, Indiana University Residential Programs and Services and Ivy Tech Community College.