UW-Washington County will present Randy Sabien and The Fiddlehead Band on Friday, April 12. The concert begins at 7:30pm in the campus theatre. Sabien’s Fiddlehead Band features three fiddles as well as drums, bass, guitar and a keyboard rhythm section. You can expect to hear a wide range of music from classic Western swing to Duke Ellington tunes. Sabien describes his sound as “Bob Wills (Texas fiddle) meets Art Blakey (be-bop) meets the Allman Brothers (blues rock). National Public Radio Jazz Profiles dubbed Randy as “the past, present and future of jazz violin.” When Randy Sabien picks up his violin, prepare yourself for an evening of rhythmic, bluesy, swinging sounds that will soon have you bobbing your head and tapping your toes.
Sabien’s musical aspirations began when he signed up to play drums for the youth orchestra in fourth grade.
His plans quickly changed, however, when the orchestra leader found himself short on string players and handed Randy a bow, instead of drumsticks! Later, when he discovered that he could play jazz on the violin,
he poured himself into the music of the swing era and began teaching himself to play along with music of his favorite jazz artists. His appreciation of music from his own era (60s and 70s) led to inspired renditions of tunes by the Beatles, the Allman Brothers and others. His recordings include: In a Fog, Rhythm and Blues, and The Fiddle Band. Today, Sabien travels the country with his Fiddlehead band.
Tickets for Friday’s performance are $13 adults, $10 seniors (over 62) and youth (under 18). Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (262)-335-5208 or emailing WSH-Tickets@uwc.edu. Tickets will also be available at the door (while supplies last) or from the main office during normal business hours. The University is located at 400 University Drive in West Bend. The theatre is located on the second floor of the campus. Free parking is available. For more information, visit the campus website at washington.uwc.edu.