While typically filed under the country or Americana musical banner, Punch Brothers is a band that defies easy genre classification. The Chris Thile-led outfit's influences range from country and bluegrass to rock and chamber music. They are also one of the most dynamic young groups in a live setting, making them a popular draw at festivals, which makes up a good portion of their touring calendar in summer 2015 to support their new album Phosphorescent Blues.
After a pair of shows in April, the band's summer truly kicks off on June 14 when they will play the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Punch Brothers are no strangers to Bonnaroo, having played there a number of times. But this year they will be joining Ed Helms' Bluegrass Situation stage which also features the likes of Sturgill Simpson, Earls of Leicester, Shakey Graves, and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn. Some members of the band are also likely to appear in the Bluegrass Situation Superjam that closes the stage that night.
Following Bonnaroo, Punch Brothers will make their way to the 42nd edition of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival the next weekend, where they will perform two shows. The first will be on Friday, June 19 as part of the main festival. The second will be on Sunday, June 21 as they play the Sheridan Opera House as part of the festival's indoor Nightgrass series.
After Telluride, Punch Brothers will play a series of festival shows. These include ROMP Fest on June 25 in Owensboro, KY, Milwaukee's sprawling Summerfest on June 26 and Green River Festival in Greenfield, MA on July 12.
Interspersed among the festival dates is a quartet of theater shows with Punch Brothers opening for banjo masters and fellow genre-defiers Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn. The first of these shows is in Cincinnati, OH at the historic Taft Theatre on June 27. They will then play an outdoor show at the Chatauqua Amphitheater in Chatauqua, NY on July 10, followed by Elmwood Park in Roanoke, VA on July 14, and Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA on July 15.
After their shows with Bela Flek & Abigail Washburn, Punch Brothers will perform a headlining show at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. They will then head overseas for a pair of festival and theater shows in the United Kingdom.
Punch Brothers' UK tour kicks off with a bang on Aug 1 with a show at London's famed Royal Festival Hall. The next day, they will head over to Cambridge, where they will take part in the Cambridge Folk Festival alongside the likes of Joan Baez, Passenger, and The Lone Bellow.
After their UK dates, Punch Brothers head back to the States to perform at Hot August Music Festival in Cockeysville, MD on Aug. 15. They will then perform a pair of headlining dates at the Chautauqua Auditorium in Boulder, CO on Sep. 1 and Britt Pavilion in Jacksonville, OR on Sep. 5 before finishing off their summer tour at Freshgrass Festival Sep. 18-20.
You can keep up with Punch Brothers' full slate of tour dates on their website.