DANVILLE, Ky. (Nov. 13, 2019) — Another opportunity to engage with world-class performing artists is right around the corner at Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, the Norton Center will be humming throughout the day with exciting events, capped by a 7:30 p.m. performance by rising instrumentalist quartet Hawktail.

Hawktail, an acoustic band with members of Punch Brothers, David Rawlings Band, Crooked Still, and Live From Here (previously, A Prairie Home Companion), has been featured on NPR Music as an up-and-coming Americana band. Band members Brittany Haas (Ha-), Paul Kowert (-wk-), Jordan Tice (-ta-) and Dominick Leslie (-il) created a portmanteau of sorts with their names to create the unique band name.

That’s how the band plays music as well — a unique blend of mandolin, fiddle, bass, and guitar — and during a 4:30 p.m. Gathering event, local musicians can team up with Hawktail’s star-studded group and perform on the Weisiger Theatre stage.

“The Hawktail performance not only returns one of the Punch Brothers [bassist, Paul Kowert] to the Norton Center, it features a truly gifted and award-winning Americana supergroup,” said Norton Center executive director, Steve Hoffman. “And they have also agreed to jam with local musicians of all instrumentations, ages, and abilities earlier that day.”

During the Norton Center’s last afternoon Gathering/jam session on Oct. 1 with Russian Renaissance, several of the local musicians who jammed were invited to join the group on stage for an encore during Russian Renaissance’s evening public performance.

“I definitely never expected to be playing violin with a bunch of Russians this week,” Centre biology senior Rachel Moore said. “We were all playing some pop tunes during a jam session and they suddenly invited us to encore with them. It was so much fun to hear such a wide variety of instruments playing the Beatles and I was glad I got pushed out of my comfort zone to try something new.”

While Hawktail is in Danville, the 4:30 p.m. Gathering event is just the first experience of their day at the Norton Center. Anyone wishing to jam with the band, or just sit in, should RSVP to Molly Baker at 859-238-5422 or Molly.Baker@centre.edu.  Hawktail’s evening performance will begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by a TasteMAKER Social.

The TasteMAKER Social immediately following the performance will be set in an exclusive behind-the-scenes location at the Norton Center, and feature spirits by Wilderness Trail Distillery.

Tickets to the TasteMAKER Social ($15) are limited (however, all TasteMAKER subscribers automatically receive tickets to the Socials), and tickets to the Hawktail performance (starting at $28) are selling fast. Be sure to attend  this stellar program at the Norton Center!

Media contact: Jennifer Broadwater (jennifer.broadwater@centre.edu), 859-238-5421. 

About Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts

The Norton Center is home to an annual performing arts season of professional touring presentations. It is also Centre College’s primary venue for music and theatrical productions, lectures, convocations, and live student entertainment. The Norton Center has two venues: the 1,470-seat Newlin Hall, known for its acoustics, and the warm and intimate 367-seat Weisiger Theatre. The Norton Center also boasts a large art collection with many of the works on display in the Grand Foyer and throughout campus.