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Sam Bush

8 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street.



We've all witnessed it. Touring artist passes through St. Louis in the summer, and the first thing out of his or her mouth is either a pander or a slander against the Cardinals. Stage banter is truly a dying art, but when Sam Bush talks baseball, the boy from Bowling Green, Kentucky, means every word. He's a lifelong fan, a Red Bird-ologist, and only the mandolin is a greater passion. Since his tenure in the pivotal New Grass Revival, Bush has become the single most influential mandolinist in acoustic music. His speed, dexterity, power and timing are the stuff of legend, but he's also a sharp singer, fiddler and guitarist. Bush really can play every position.

What to Expect: A newgrass swing-along called "The Wizard of Oz (Hey Ozzy)" for starters, but you'll also hear fiddle tunes and rock songs transformed like nobody's business.