Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

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Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Summer Members-only Hours

Date & Price

Sunday, May 29, 2022 at 7:30 pm


Free with Membership. Reservations are not required.

Members’ guests are welcome but must be accompanied by a Member.

Guests not included in a Membership require Admission tickets.

Complimentary Guest Tickets may be used on these evenings.

Please note: This venue does not have chairs or benches.

Members may set up their own chairs or blankets on these evenings, beginning at 5:00 pm.

Led by Grammy Award winner for Best Bluegrass Album and 12-time Fiddler of the Year Michael Cleveland, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper is the International Bluegrass Music Association’s six-time Instrumental Group of the Year. Along with Flamekeeper members Josh Richards (guitar), Nathan Livers (mandolin), Jasiah Shrode (banjo), and Chris Douglas (bass), Cleveland’s blistering prowess and technical fluency have made him a highly sought-after bluegrass musician. 

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The world tends to look at accomplishments in the form of accolades and although only in his mid-30s, 2020 Grammy Award Winner Michael Cleveland has plenty to his credit. After picking up the fiddle at age 4, Cleveland’s musical momentum began to propel him forward towards early success. Reluctant as they were, his teachers quickly found reason to his rhyme, helping him progress to the point when, at age 9, Cleveland was invited to sit in with the legendary Bill Monroe at the Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. Soon after, he brought his virtuosic style to the Grand Ole Opry as a guest of Alison Krauss, and was hand-picked for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Bluegrass Youth Allstars before he was 14.

His blistering prowess and technical fluency have since marked him as a sought-after musician, leading to performances with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, Tim O’Brien, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Andy Statman, and The Kruger Brothers in recent years. However, it wasn’t until 2006, when Michael formed his own band Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, that he found the right vehicle for his musical vision, and he hasn’t rested since, constantly looking for new ways to push himself and his music forward.

A 2018 inductee to the National Fiddler Hall of Fame, Cleveland is the IBMA’s most awarded Fiddle Player of the Year with 12 wins and has won Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year six times. Together with Flamekeeper, Cleveland makes his way around the country performing festivals, clubs, and performing arts centers, delighting audiences, leaving them with jaws dropped incomplete amazement. “It’s wicked to see how much music he pulls out of a bow,” continues Gill. “He’s untouchable.”

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