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Del McCoury, Preservation Hall Jazz Band perform together April 16 in Pfeiffer Hall

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Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307

Feb. 10, 2011—The bluegrass sounds of the Appalachians meet the hot, lively jazz of New Orleans when “American Legacies: The Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band” is presented April 16 at North Central College.

Fresh off a fruitful recording collaboration, as well as a joint performance at Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday celebration in Madison Square Garden, these American musical legacies are taking their show on the road. Audiences will be thrilled to have this very special opportunity to witness the combined talents of two legendary groups of musicians from two distinctly American musical lineages.

“American Legacies” will begin at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 16, in North Central’s Pfeiffer Hall, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $60, $55 and $45; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Each band will play a set independently, then both groups will take the stage together for an unforgettable ensemble performance. The bands first played together in 2008 when Del McCoury traveled  to New Orleans to record a few songs for an album benefiting Preservation Hall’s outreach program for children.

The Del McCoury Band is the most honored group in bluegrass history with numerous Grammy awards and nominations as well as more than 30 trophies from the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, including nine for Entertainer of the Year.

The Preservation Hall Jazz Band has been touring since 1963. The group takes its name from the famous New Orleans locality where it performs. The building was a tavern during the War of 1812, and later a photo studio and art gallery. Toward the end of its days, the art gallery’s owner began holding informal jam sessions for his close friends. Out of these sessions grew the concept of Preservation Hall, which officially opened in 1961.

“American Legacies” is the last of five shows in the North Central College 2010-2011 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season’s Contemporary Series. The Sesquicentennial Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors.

This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call 630-637-SHOW (7469).