THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS AT LIMEKILN THEATER
May 17, 2014 - LIMEKILN THEATER - LEXINGTON, VA
“The Infamous Stringdusters don’t leave bluegrass behind; they’re stretching it from within.” ~ Jon Pareles, The New York Times
The Infamous Stringdusters consist of Andy Falco (guitar), Travis Book (bass), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), Andy Hall (dobro), and Chris Pandolfi (banjo). They sound like no one else, combining virtuosic chops on five traditional bluegrass instruments, with an ethos of pushing the genre forward. The Stringdusters' live shows take improvised string band music to new places, combining musicianship and songwriting with experimental performance and a contagious energy flowing between the band and crowd.
Their groundbreaking musical proficiency is earning them critical acclaim, awards, and nominations aplenty; and has even attracted the attention of musical legends Phil Lesh and John Scofield, who have joined The ‘Dusters on stage to offer up unforgettable, raucously crowd-pleasing sit-ins. Tell me more
The Lime Kiln Theater is rooted in and inspired by the magic of a natural, outdoor theater. In 1967, two Washington and Lee University students, Tommy Spencer and Don Baker, produced A Midsummer Night’s Dream in an abandoned, turn of the century, lime quarry and kiln located in Lexington, VA. Fifteen years later, Tommy Spencer convinced the owner of the site containing the quarry to donate the use of the land for the establishment of an arts organization. After thousands of volunteer hours to clear the brambles, thickets, rubble, and build the stage, the first season was presented in 1984. From that summer season of one play, twelve performances, and an audience of 2,000, Limekiln expanded to an annual season peak of 74 performances of 4 plays and 23 concerts for an audience of nearly 25,000. Through Lime Kiln, artists have created and premiered 20 original scripts, and helped develop 8 works by other playwrights. In February 2012, the theater temporarily ceased operations due to challenging economic conditions. In 2014, a newly energized Lime Kiln board led by volunteer director, Spencer McElroy, undertook the challenge to bring the unique performance space back to life.
Lime Kiln will continue to offer music, performance art, and educational programs to fulfill its mission and serve residents of the Shenandoah Valley and beyond.