Sheridan Opera House

August 11, 2017 9:00 pm

Ben Sollee says a cello is not just an instrument; it's a cultural touchstone. Sollee first picked up the cello in the fourth grade, and continued his studies at a high school for performing arts and earned a degree in music from the University of Louisville, where he attended on a full-tuition scholarship. Despite his classical training, he disputed the idea that this type of music was the only way to play the cello, and instead he embraced all genres of music and storytelling in his unique style of playing.

Early in his career, he toured with such renowned artists as Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck. He went on to play major music festivals (including the Telluride Bluegrass Festival), collaborating with other musicians and recording contemporary, diverse music; he has a brooding, haunting singing voice that complements his cello playing perfectly. He also composes traditional music for dance ensembles and films. Known for his energetic style of playing and his activism (he was featured on a TED talk and has logged more than 4,000 miles pedaling across the country on his bike), Sollee is a uniquely talented and engaging artist, and a must-see act.

Sollee plays at the Sheridan Opera House on Friday, August 11. The show starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $20-30 for reserved seats.