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CorrespondentOctober 24, 2013 

Motorco’s “Epic Collaboration, Part II” will showcase a younger bluegrass generation of musical border-busters including banjo player Noam Pikelny.

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    • Country artist Randy Houser plays the N.C. State Fair on Saturday, while the Eli Young Band close the fair’s concert series Sunday. Also Sunday, Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt present an acoustic evening at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Memorial Hall . Also at Memorial Hall, Chris Thile takes a break from the Punch Brothers (the progressive combo he shares with Noam Pikelny) to offer a solo concert Tuesday.

Fans who attended IBMA’s “Epic Collaboration” set at Red Hat Amphitheater last month may want to consider Saturday’s Motorco concert in Durham, “Epic Collaboration, Part II.” While the IBMA set featured bluegrass music’s “old and older guard,” Saturday’s event will showcase a younger generation of musical border-busters. The acoustic quintet will feature banjoist Noam Pikelny (who delivered IBMA’s keynote address), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Luke Bulla (fiddle), Jesse Cobb (mandolin), and Barry Bales (bass). All five musicians are grounded in traditional bluegrass but draw from an expansive range of other influences to craft a sound that explores musical terrain beyond the boundaries of traditional ’grass. For information, see motorcomusic.com.

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