Del & Dawg Come to RPI

Del McCoury and David Grisman will perform a show at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in December.

Fifty years ago, Del McCoury and David Grisman played their first ever show together at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute back in 1966. They return to RPI at EMPAC on Dec. 10 to share music and stories celebrating their 50 years together.

McCoury and Grisman, affectionately known together as Del and Dawg, have each become bluegrass legends in their own right. McCoury had his start playing banjo for Bill Monroe in the early 1960s. He went on to form his own band, serving as an influence for many acts, including Phish and the String Cheese Incident. In 2008, he started his own bluegrass and folk music festival, DelFest, which has been held every year since in Cumberland, MD.

Grisman got his start as a member of the Even Dozen Jug Band. He went on to form a close friendship and well-known musical partnership with Jerry Garcia. He still performs regularly with the David Grisman Quintet and the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience.

Tickets for this show range from $36 to $59. They go on sale this Friday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m.