Popular Singer Bruce Hornsby and his Band to Perform at UB on Nov. 1

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: August 20, 2004 This content is archived.


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The Center for the Arts at the University at Buffalo will present Bruce Hornsby at 8 p.m. on Nov 1 in the Mainstage theater in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus.

The Bruce Hornsby Band hits the road in August making their long-awaited return to the concert stage. Halcyon Days, Hornsby's ninth full-length album and first for Columbia Records, evoke hopes for the future and memories of the past while appreciating, according to the artist, "Great days, beautiful peaceful days when they happen in these times." The recording also features performances by Elton John, Eric Clapton, and Sting.

Hornsby, a three-time Grammy winner who has sold more than 10 million records since his multi-platinum debut in 1986, draws from a wide array of influences -- among them jazz, pop, classical, bluegrass, rock, vaudeville and sounds both swinging and downright uncategorizable -- to create his most sublime and elegant collection to-date, all the while bringing his patented blend of playful lyrical whimsy and formidably refined musicality to the table.

Hornsby struck RIAA gold -- and triple platinum -- with his debut album, "The Way It Is," recorded with his band, the Range. His debut generated three Top 20 hits, including its No. 1 title track, and earned Bruce Hornsby & the Range the Best New Artist Grammy for 1986. Hornsby took home his second Grammy in 1989 for Best Bluegrass Recording for "Valley Road" (from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's "Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume II") and his third Grammy in 1993 for Best Pop Instrumental for "Barcelona Mona" (created with Branford Marsalis for the Barcelona Olympics).

His eight previous albums -- "The Way It Is" (1986), "Scenes From The Southside" (1988), "A Night On The Town" (1990), "Harbor Lights" (1993), "Hot House" (1995), 1998's double CD "Spirit Trail," his double live collection "Here Come The Noisemakers" (2000) and "Big Swing Face" (2002) -- have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.

One of pop music's most in-demand "side" men, Hornsby has played on more than 100 records with artists ranging from Bob Dylan, Don Henley and the Grateful Dead to Bob Seger, Bonnie Raitt, Béla Fleck, and Willie Nelson, among many others. His songs have been performed and/or recorded by a variety of artists including Willie Nelson, Don Henley, Tupac Shakur, Bob Dylan, Chaka Khan, Robbie Robertson, Huey Lewis, Sara Evans and Leon Russell. Brce Hornsby became a part-time member of the Grateful Dead and, from September 1990 to March 1992, performed with the group on more than 100 concerts in America and Europe.

Tickets are $34. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Center for the Arts Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including Kaufmann's. To charge tickets, call 852-5000; in Canada, 1-416-870-8000. For group sales, call 645-6771. For more information, call 645-ARTS. The Center for the Arts is a Ticketfast location.