Traverse City Record-Eagle


June 28, 2013

Interlochen alum plays with Avett Brothers


The band, named after brothers Seth (guitar) and Scott (banjo), is known for its lively shows featuring a rootsy blend of folk, country, bluegrass, rock and pop. It hit the mainstream with its 2009 major-label debut, “I and Love and You.” The album peaked at number 16 on the Billboard 200 album chart and resulted in critical acclaim from “Rolling Stone” and “Time” and an invitation to perform alongside Bob Dylan and Mumford & Sons at the 2011 Grammy Awards.

Now the band is touring in support of its 2012 album, “The Carpenter,” which debuted at number four on the Billboard album charts. The tour includes stops at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, the Winnipeg and Newport Folk Festivals, and, on July 1, the Interlochen Summer Arts Festival. The band last appeared in West Michigan in February, when they played for a crowd of about 4,500 at Grand Rapids’ DeltaPlex.

“They have a big fan base,” said Erin Bowen, DeltaPlex event director. “We had people from Virginia and everywhere. They’re kind of one of those underground bands with die-hard fans.”

Kwon said he was excited to discover that the band would play at Interlochen, where he learned his unusual stance -- playing the cello standing up -- from a fellow camper. The 8 p.m. concert in Kresge Auditorium will mark his first time back since he left Camp.

He said he’s looking forward to visiting his old cabin, jumping in Green Lake and perhaps even eating in the cafeteria. But the highlight will be performing again on the Kresge stage.

“I’m excited and mortified because I guarantee that there are kids there who are better than me,” he said, of playing in front of an audience that will include this year’s crop of music campers. “But at the same time I’m excited about performing and showing kids that there’s lots of different ways to play. Even though I wasn’t the best musician or a star there, I made a living out of it, because I love playing music.

“I tell kids, ‘Play what you want. Play classical, play rock music, bluegrass. Don’t let anyone tell you there’s no cello in Celtic music or that it can’t be done.’”


Tickets for the concert range from $34.50 to $45.50 at, (231) 276-7800 or (800) 681-5920.



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