The Blue Eagle Band

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Photo of the Blue Eagle Band all standing together with their instruments.

The BLUE EAGLE BAND is a four-piece acoustic group that performs music best described as "bluegrass and more".

Each of the four spirited musicians is a fine singer.  As a whole group, the band performs both covers of well-known traditional-to-progressive bluegrass and "newgrass."  The band's repertoire also features some original material.  The BLUE EAGLE BAND can entertain with many instrumentals as well as vocals.  The band's range of songs includes solos, duets, and trios, for a varied and fascinating show that can be tailored for any audience or any client’s needs.

Terri Powell, bass player, is a self-described, aging hippie chick and lover of all music. She picked up a bass over 20 years ago, and she fell in love all over again. Terri plays for the joy of it, performing in local/regional bands for almost 20 years, always keeping her day job.

Jesse Peña is the band’s guitarist.  He grew up playing many different styles of music: blues, R&B, jazz, country, bluegrass, classical and Latin. During his days in Nashville, Jesse worked as a studio musician/arranger on demo and custom recordings, also performing at the Grand Ole Opry as a band leader and backup musician. He is now a studio musician and teacher in the Lexington area. Jesse teaches guitar, mandolin and bass in addition to composing music and performing.

Tom Adler is a versatile bluegrass banjoist and singer, who has been a key member of many bluegrass and other string bands in Indiana and Kentucky since the 1970s. Adler is also known widely as a bluegrass music historian, whose book-length history of Bill Monroe’s music park in Indiana was published in 2011 in the University of Illinois’ prestigious “Music in American Life” series. He knows hundreds of traditional and progressive bluegrass songs, and is always delighted to play and sing for audiences small or large. 

Noah Adler is a compulsively exploratory mandolinist, who grew up listening to many types and genres of music, from jazz to bluegrass to world-beat music.  His fresh approach to bluegrass mandolin delights all who hear him play, and his vocals -- whether solos or harmony parts sung with his father (Tom) and other members of the group add a thrilling sound to the BLUE EAGLE BAND's shows.


Part of the Appalachia in the Bluegrass concert series. The series is supported by the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, the Appalachian Studies Program, and the Appalachian Center of the University of Kentucky.

Oct 19 2018, 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Niles Gallery
Free and open to the public
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