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The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry comes to life with virtuoso musicianship and rock star vocals

by on March 1, 2017


On Friday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m., see a classic rock opera from a brand new perspective when the HillBenders present The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry at the Fredericton Playhouse.

Forty-five years after its original release, the Who’s Tommy has been reimagined as a full-length bluegrass tribute. Conceived and produced by SXSW co-founder and long-time musician and producer Louis Jay Meyers, this opry explores Tommy from a new angle, while also paying respect to its composer, guitarist Pete Townshend.

Originally created as a rock opera that tells the story of a deaf, dumb and blind boy, the 1969 album has sold 20 million copies and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame for “historical, artistic and significant value.” In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked Tommy No. 96 on its list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

With a perfect mix of virtuoso musicianship and rock star vocals, the HillBenders bring the hit album to life. Using banjo, dobro, mandolin, bass and guitar, they bring the same amount of energy to Tommy as a full rock band and orchestra did originally.

Complete with special video accompaniment and audience participation, you’ll fall in love with this new and exciting version of a classic.

The Playhouse also invites ticketholders to join us prior to the show at 6:30 p.m. for a beer-tasting. Picaroons will be on hand with a variety of beer to sample during this special event.

Tickets for The Who’s Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry are available through the Fredericton Playhouse box office by calling 458-8344 or online at

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