Talk about a change of pace. Bruce Hornsby just finished playing piano at the five Fare Thee Well shows of the Grateful Dead at stadiums full of roughly 70,000 fans. Two weeks later, he’s bringing his merry band of Noisemakers to a 750-seat theater, and you can bet his playing will be just as creative and passionate, as Hornsby is one guy who never mails it in. Whether playing his own pop and folk-tinged compositions or tearing up killer, jam-heavy covers, Hornsby likes to keep the playing loose and the sound as diverse as possible. That’s led to his work in everything from bluegrass to jazz to classic rock, and it makes for a live show full of surprises for unsuspecting audiences.
— Dan Nailen