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Tim O'Brien.

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  • Other highlights: • On Thursday, banjo legend Bela Fleck performs at the Carolina Theatre with the Marcus Roberts Trio.

Tim O’Brien knows that great music is composed of many roots and branches. The acoustic music master has combined his love of American old-time and bluegrass with its Celtic origins to fashion excellence rewarded with a Grammy in 2005. Selected twice as IBMA’s top male vocalist, O’Brien is also known for his prowess on a variety of instruments and for his songwriting. His compositions have been recorded by Kathy Mattea, the Dixie Chicks, Nickel Creek and others, and he has earned a loyal following on both sides of the Atlantic. Tonight, O’Brien takes a break from performing in Mark Knopfler’s band to bring his award-winning talents to the ArtsCenter. www.artscenterlive.org

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