IS ALL you want for Christmas a little less Mariah Carey blasting out of every speaker? Are you gonna WHAM the next person who cranks up “Last Christmas” in the office?
A Magical Grassical Christmas may be just the thing to get you back in the spirit of things. No, no, not that kind of grassical—the sibs DePue merge classical and bluegrass to make their own unique genre, using their incredible violin skills to delve into old-time, Texas Swing, folk, American country, and jazz genres.
Named “American Musical Family of the Year” in 1989 by presidential decree awarded by President George H. Bush Sr. and the subject of PBS doc The DePue Family Musicians: Music for Every Occasion, Saturday is an opportunity to witness world-glass players meld traditional genres in the spirit of the season.
Wallace, Alex, and Jason DePue will be joined by Don Liuzzi, principal timpanist/percussionist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and Mark Cosgrove, 1995 national flat-picking guitar champion. Mike Munford and Kevin MacConnell join in on banjo and bass, respectively. Munford was named Banjo Musician of the Year by International Bluegrass Association in 2013.
The brothers released When It’s Christmas Time in 2013, hitting timeless favorites like “Sleigh Ride” all the way back to “Ding Dong Merrily on High.” In addition to Christmas standards, the DePues contributed two original holiday tracks to the LP.
They may perform with the esteemed Philadelphia Orchestra, but the DePue’s excel in merging their classical skills with a good-natured sense of fun and Christmas cheer—the drive to Springfield to catch the show is well worth it.