Grammy-nominated folk rockers The Avett Brothers with special guests Old Crow Medicine Show will play the West Virginia University Coliseum Thursday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, ticketmaster.com and by phone at 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.

The Avett Brothers’ songs are honest: just chords with real voices singing real melodies. Brothers Scott and Seth Avett joined forces with standup bass player Bob Crawford in 2001 in North Carolina, developing a sound heavily influenced by the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Crosby, Stills & Nash.

Their music is an artful distillation of classic homegrown folk, rock energy, bluegrass soul and pop charm. In 2009, the group made mainstream waves with their lauded major label debut, “I and Love and You.” It landed at No. 16 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnered unanimous critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Paste, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and Time magazine, who even dubbed it one of Top 10 albums of the year. The Avett Brothers’ uncompromising energy has earned them a Grammy nomination (Best Americana Album, 2012) and a CMT Music Award nomination (Collaborative Video of the Year, 2013) for their work with Randy Travis (“Three Wooden Crosses”).

In 2013, the band released its eighth studio album, “Magpie and the Dandelion.” It debuted at No. 5 on the Billboard Top 200 and featured the single “Another Is Waiting,” which reached No. 6 on the Adult Alternative Songs chart. Paste Magazine said the album “takes on a carefree attitude that seeks to revel in all life has to offer,” and showcases “all of The Avett Brothers’ talents and captures them, as well as their songwriting, in an interesting emotional place on their journey further down the road.”

Special guests Old Crow Medicine Show head into 2014 fresh off their induction into the Grand Ole Opry and the platinum-certification of their classic cover of “Wagon Wheel.” The band, which began nearly 15 years and four studio albums ago, has toured the world and sold more than 800,000 albums. Old Crow’s members “marry old-time string music and punk swagger,” raves Rolling Stone. In 2011, the band joined the historic Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford and Sons, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Old Crow’s latest release, “Carry Me Back,” reached No. 4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. PopMatters called the album “energized and impactful, as if they are a band once again out to prove to the world that they belong.”

Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27, at the WVU Coliseum. Tickets range from $42.50 to $56.50, depending on seat location and availability. Floor tickets are general admission—standing room only. WVU students will receive $10 off all ticket prices with a valid WVU ID at the campus box offices (one discounted ticket per valid ID). Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 17 at 10 a.m. at the Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center box offices, online at ticketmaster.com, or by calling 304-293-SHOW and 800-745-3000.

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