SARANAC LAKE - Pendragon Theatre will host cellist, composer, poet-philosopher and entertainer Rushad Eggleston at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.
With an intimate knowledge of classical music, jazz, and bluegrass under his fingers, coupled with an infamously infectious sense of rhythm, Eggleston is a whole futuristic wonder-band expressed through one person.
Using his cello as the steering wheel, Eggleston takes audiences on a rocket-fueled melodic journey through space and time and from the ridiculous to the sublime.
Hopping nimbly around the stage with his cello strapped to his body while singing songs that range from stuck-in-your-head-for-weeks to elaborate yet compelling miniature operas in his own language of Sneth, Eggleston is a soulful jester of modern times.
Eggleston spontaneously navigates through his seemingly endless repertoire of instrumentals and vocals, pausing briefly to set the stage for a battle between him and Bach, or rattling off with incredible speed a three-page poem of self-fashioned words.
Eggleston won a full scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston and was nominated for a Grammy award while still studying there.
Eggleston is credited with inventing bluegrass cello, and has spawned a huge revival of cello in roots music.
In addition to acting in television commercials for the likes of Mazda, appearing on movie soundtracks and hundreds of studio recordings, Eggleston was also a founding member of the popular alt-bluegrass outfit Crooked Still, legendary string band Fiddlers 4, and rock trio Tornado Rider.
He has performed at renowned venues (including Carnegie Hall) in 48 states and 13 countries, and taught hundreds of youngsters worldwide how to let loose their musical imaginations and rock on the cello.
Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.
For more information, call 518-891-1854 or visit www.pendragontheatre.org.