The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., welcomes bluegrass legend Sam Bush on his only Maine tour stop Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m.

The Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Bush isn’t really old enough to be a musical legend, but he is. Alternately known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, he has been honored by the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association. Bush called his lifetime achievement award from the AMA overwhelming and humbling.

"It goes along with the title cut of my new album, ‘Circles Around Me,’ which basically says, how in the hell did we get this far? In my brain I'm still 17, but I look in the mirror and I'm 57,” he said.

Bush has helped to expand the horizons of bluegrass music, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk and other styles. He is the co-founder of the genre-bending New Grass Revival and an in-demand musician who has played with everyone from Emmylou Harris and Bela Fleck to Charlie Haden, Lyle Lovett and Garth Brooks. And although he is best known for jaw-dropping skills on the mandolin, he also is a three-time national junior fiddle champion and Grammy Award-winning vocalist.

Tickets are $35, general admission; the Strand balcony and lobby bars will be open for those age 21-and-older with a valid ID. For more information on all upcoming live concerts, films, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or