An Evening With Tim O’Brien
Featuring Jan Fabricius and special guest Downtown String Band
Saturday November 4, 2017 at 7:00p
McKinney Performing Arts Center
111 N. Tennessee Street, McKinney, Texas 75069
A great crowd was on hand to enjoy An Evening With Tim O’Brien, a special evening of acoustic music by Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien featuring Jan Fabricius. The opening act was the Downtown String Band, a Dallas-area band that highlights the bluegrass and traditional music of Gerald Jones, Hailey Sandoz, Michael Morrison, and Alan Tompkins. Pictures from the show are available in our Special Events Photo Gallery.
About Tim O’Brien
Tim grew up singing in church and in school, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music. Tim first toured nationally in the 1980’s with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize. Kathy Mattea scored a country hit with his song Walk The Way The Wind Blows in 1986, and soon artists like Nickel Creek and Garth Brooks covered his songs. Over the years, Tim has released 15 solo CDs and has collaborated with his sister Mollie O’Brien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old time musician Dirk Powell. He’s performed or recorded with Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, Bill Frisell, and Steve Martin, and produced records for Yonder Mountain Stringband, David Bromberg, and Canada’s Old Man Luedecke.
O’Brien’s show featured his solid guitar, fiddle, and banjo, along with his engaging vocals and harmony from Jan Fabricius. Listeners enjoyed a range of original compositions and traditional arrangements from Tim’s many albums, mixed with stories and Tim’s self-deprecating humor.
About McKinney Performing Arts Center
This was the first production by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC), the multi-purpose theater in the historic Collin County Courthouse. MPAC is the center of the McKinney, Texas historic district with a variety of restaurants and boutiques that make it the perfect destination for a Saturday of shopping, dining, and fun!