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Bruce Hornsby performing with yMusic next spring

WILMINGTON — Grammy-winning pianist and songwriter Bruce Hornsby is heading back to the Cape Fear next March.

Hornsby will perform with yMusic, the two dubbing the show “BhryM,” at the Wilson Center on Wednesday, Mar. 20, 7:30 p.m. 

From Williamsburg, VA, Hornsby is a 13-time Grammy nominee who first scored the illustrious award in 1986 with “The Way It Is,” his debut album with The Range.

Aside from the track’s excessive American radio play in the mid-’80s, it continued gaining favor in other genres of music, specifically hip-hop. The song has been sampled by Tupac Shakur on “Changes,” as well as by Wyclef Jean and E-40. 

Hornsby went on to secure two more Grammys in 1990 for Best Bluegrass Recording and in 1994 for Best Pop Instrumental Performance.

The musician has collaborated far and wide, performing with the Grateful Dead on tour during the ’90s and was part of a group, the Noisemakers, with bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs. Hornsby also performed with Bonnie Raitt on “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” The musician has released 23 albums, including 2022’s “’Flicted.”

Since 2008 New York-based yMusic has performed as an indie-chamber sextet. Consisting of Alex Sopp (flutes, vocals), Hideaki Aomori (clarinets), CJ Camerieri (trumpet, horn), Rob Moose (violin), Nadia Sirota (viola), and Gabriel Cabezas (cello), the band has collaborated with Ben Folds, Emily King, Jose Gonzales, John Legend, and Paul Simon.

yMusic joined Hornsby on stage in the past and contributed to his 2019 release “Absolute Zero.” As part of the BrhyM show, the two will tackle new collaborative compositions and other favorites from Hornsby’s catalog.

Tickets will be available online to Wilson Center members, noon, on Nov. 2, and will open to the general public Friday, Nov. 3, at 10 a.m. here. The box office will open via phone — 910-362-7999 — and in person from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Shea Carver
Shea Carver
Shea Carver is the editor in chief at Port City Daily. A UNCW alumna, Shea worked in the print media business in Wilmington for 22 years before joining the PCD team in October 2020. She specializes in arts coverage — music, film, literature, theatre — the dining scene, and can often be tapped on where to go, what to do and who to see in Wilmington. When she isn’t hanging with her pup, Shadow Wolf, tending the garden or spinning vinyl, she’s attending concerts and live theater.

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