MusicNOW 2017 to feature Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, members of the National

MusicNOW 2017 to feature Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, members of the National
Posted at 3:16 PM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 15:18:08-05

CINCINNATI --  Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir will kick off the 2017 MusicNOW festival, scheduled Jan. 12-14 at the Aronoff Center for the Arts and the Taft Theatre.

MusicNOW organizers announced the singer, songwriter and guitarist will perform music from his recent solo release, "Blue Mountain," along with his band, the Campfire Boys, at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 at the Aronoff.

The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra also announced the lineup for its fourth annual collaboration with MusicNOW and artistic director Bryce Dessner, who is best known for his work with the National. The band, which originally formed in Cincinnati, played a free concert in Washington Park in October in support of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.

At 8 p.m. Jan. 13, the CSO will perform Andrew Norman’s "Play," followed by Matthias Pintscher’s "idyll for orchestra" at the Taft. Acclaimed Irish singer-songwriter Lisa Hannigan will then perform works from her new recording. 

MusicNOW continues at 8 p.m. Jan. 14 at the Taft, where the CSO will perform Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir’s "Aeriality." Soloist Pekka Kuusisto will then make his CSO debut in a performance of Ligeti’s "Violin Concerto." Composer Timo Andres will perform his work for piano and orchestra "The Blind Banister," and Dessner will close the festival by performing the U.S. premiere of his chamber concerto for electric guitar, "Wires." 

More artists and musical acts will be announced closer to the festival.

Tickets for the Bob Weir concert start at $58.50 and go on sale to the public Nov. 21; contact the Aronoff box office at 513-621-2787 [ARTS] or visit to purchase. Tickets for the CSO concerts at the Taft start at $12 and are available now by calling the CSO box office at 513-381-3300 or visiting