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Michigan-born and now Nashville-based, Billy Strings is a GRAMMY Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician, who arrived on the scene as “one of string music’s most dynamic young stars” (Rolling Stone). Billy Strings’ 2022 tour further celebrates the release of Strings’ widely acclaimed new album, Renewal, out now via Rounder Records. With the record’s sixteen tracks, Strings shares a more personal and honest perspective through his songwriting, while incorporating his wide range of influences with elements of bluegrass, classic rock, metal, psychedelic music and more.
He’s been awarded Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, Artist of the Year at 2022’s Americana Music Awards, Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2022 IBMA Awards, Best New Headliner (all genre) at the 2022 Pollstar Awards, named Entertainer of the Year and Guitar Player of the Year at the 2021 IBMA Awards along with countless sold out concerts and direct to headline sets at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, JazzFest, etc.
Billy Strings’ forthcoming album, Me/And/Dad, will be released November 18, 2022 via Rounder Records. The product of a longtime dream, the record features new versions of fourteen bluegrass and country classics that the two have been playing together since Strings was a young child.
Additional Ticket Information
IN ADVANCE General Admission Lawn: $49.50*
DAY OF EVENT General Admission Lawn: $54.50*
IN ADVANCE General Admission PIT: $74.50*
DAY OF EVENT General Admission PIT: $79.50*
IN ADVANCE Reserved Table: $74.50*
DAY OF EVENT Reserved Table: $79.50*
- All tickets are MOBILE DELIVERY ONLY. Delayed delivery, ticket delivery will be 4 days prior to event.
No refunds or exchanges. All sales are final.
There is a strict 6 ticket limit per person/per show. Additional orders exceeding the ticket limit may be cancelled without notice.Additional orders exceeding the ticket limit may be cancelled without notice. This includes orders associated with the same name, e-mail address, billing address, credit card number, and/or other information.
- Koka Booth Amphitheatre is a cashless venue.
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- Children 2 and under are free on the lawn for this event and do not need a ticket.
- All ages will require a ticket when sitting in Reserved Areas.
- The Box Office is open for limited hours during the week. Please check out the Box Office page for normal hours of operation.
- Day of Event Box Office sales opens 1 hour prior to gate time and closes once the main act takes the stage.
- Hours are subject to change.
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- When purchasing in person at the Box Office a 3% processing fee.
All dates, times, acts & ticket prices are subject to change without notice.
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“As long as I can remember I wanted to make a record with my dad,” Billy Strings says, his dad, Terry Barber, seated next to him. “I’ve been burning up and down the highways the last 12 years, and as time slips away, you start thinking, ‘I need to make time.’ It’s been a bucket list thing for me, something I’ve been afraid I wouldn’t find the time to do. And that scared me; not doing this record scared me.”
That dream of coming together to make a proper studio album is finally realized with Me/And/Dad—out November 18 on Rounder Records. It’s a collection of 14 classics that Billy and Terry know like the back of their hands, from Doc Watson and Bill Monroe songs to hymns and traditional classics. It's the music that literally and figuratively made Billy the musician and human he is today with the finished album representing a lifelong goal finally achieved: a way for the Grammy-winning musician to honor the man who taught him how to play guitar.
Earlier this year, in the midst of his seemingly nonstop touring schedule, Billy brought his father from their native Michigan to Nashville’s Sound Emporium studios, along with an all-star band including bassist Mike Bub, mandolinist Ron McCoury, banjo player Rob McCoury, and fiddler Michael Cleveland. Jerry Douglas and Jason Carter sat in too.
Terry arrived with his cherished Martin acoustic, the guitar he played when Billy was just a boy and then pawned to financially support his family. When the guitar was sold, Terry thought it was lost forever — until Billy, who refers to it as “the family jewel,” located it online and reunited the instrument with its original owner.
“I’ve never been so dumbstruck in my life,” Terry says. “It was like bringing my mother out of the grave.”
It’s the sound of that guitar, mixed with Billy’s own playing on a series of Martins, that propels Me/And/Dad. Over its 14 tracks, father and son trade licks, vocals, and memories. On some songs, like the traditional “Long Journey Home” and Monroe’s “I Haven’t Seen Mary in Years,” Billy sings lead. On others, like the hymn “Wandering Boy” and the staple “Little White Church,” it’s all Terry. The decision of who would sing was hardly a decision at all, according to Billy.
“We’ve done these songs forever. We get to the part where someone has to sing and we’ll look at each other: ‘You or me?’ We’ve been doing it since I was 3 years old,” he says, turning to Terry. “I can’t play with anyone like I can play with you.”
“And I can’t either,” Terry replies. “I’ve tried, and forget about it.”
While that unspoken father-son bond is the through line of the record, Me/And/Dad is a true family album. Billy’s mother, Debra, lends her voice to the record’s final song, “I Heard My Mother Weeping.” “I remember him and my mom singing it when I was a kid so beautifully. I knew it was always going to be the last song on the record,” Billy says. “That’s me and my mom and dad. Just us three.”
Terry smiles at the mention of his wife. He remembers vividly watching Billy—“Boomer” he nicknamed him—strum a guitar as a child and hollering for Debra to come watch. “He was in his high chair with his little plastic guitar and I said, ‘Debbie! We got a star here!’”
All those years ago, Terry was right. Since releasing his debut solo album, Turmoil and Tinfoil, in 2017, Billy Strings has gone on to make an indelible mark on the world of music—bluegrass and well beyond.
He's been awarded Best Bluegrass Album at the 63rd GRAMMY Awards, Artist of the Year at 2022’s Americana Music Awards, Entertainer of the Year and Song of the Year at the 2022 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, Best New Headliner (all genre) at the 2022 Pollstar Awards, Breakthrough Artist of the Pandemic (all genre) at the 2021 Pollstar Awards, named Entertainer of the Year and Guitar Player of the Year at the 2021 International Bluegrass Music Awards along with countless sold out concerts and direct to headline sets at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, JazzFest, etc. A respected figure across all genres, Strings has collaborated with a wide variety of artists.
Billy respects those accolades and albums but says Me/And/Dad is the cornerstone. When asked where it fits in his catalog, he thinks for a minute and says, “At the bottom.”
“It’s the foundation,” Billy says. “Everything else is sprinkled on top. You can’t get more back- to-your-roots than this.”
Koka Booth Amphitheatre has enhanced its public safety policy to include a clear bag policy. Clear bags are easily searched and significantly reduce faulty bag searches. They also support the Department of Homeland Security's "If You See Something, Say Something" campaign. Our goal is to create a safe experience for all guests and staff.
- Small clutch purse or wallet no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" (about the size of a hand).
- Clear bag that does not exceed 12" x12" x 9".
- Medical and parenting bags are allowed.
All bags are subject to be searched.
Food & Beverage
Outside Food & Beverage are not allowed for this event. You are allowed to bring one factory-sealed plastic bottle of water (1 per person). No glass/cans/flavored water.
Our Concession stands will be open selling a variety of food and beverages.
Restaurant partners will also be available if you'd like to pre-order food and have it waiting for you when you arrive! Check out our Picnic in the Park Partners!
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- Small clutch purse or wallet no larger than 4.5" x 6.5" (about the size of a hand)
- Clear bag that does not exceed 12" x12" x 9"
- Factory-sealed plastic bottle of water (1 per person)
- No glass/cans/flavored water
- Empty reusable non-glass water bottle up to 1 Liter
- Water Fill Stations located in the Cobblestone Courtyard
- Lawn chairs: Please remove chair from bag at security checkpoint. Or better yet, leave the chair bag in the car!
- No Footrest, Canopy, Lounge, Tri-Fold or Swinging Chairs
- Rain Coats
- Small non-professional cameras with no flash
- Strollers(Allowed on the lawn only)
All small clutches & clear bags are subject to search.
- Balloons, Banners & Signs
- Bikes/skateboards/Inline Skates
- Blankets, Towels, Mats of any kind or Size
- Camel Baks/Hydro Packs
- Fireworks/Sparklers of any kind
- Food & Beverages
- Glow Sticks, bracelets etc of any kind
- Go Pros or video recorders
- Grills & Open Flames (inside or outside the venue)
- Hula Hoops
- Illegal Drugs
- Laser Pointers
- Pets of any kind (Unless it’s a Service Animal)
- Professional cameras with detachable lenses
- Selfie Sticks
- Sporting Equipment
- Tablets of any kind
- Tarps & Plastic sheeting
- Umbrellas of any size
- Weapons of Any Kind (Include but not limited to knives, guns, tasers, chains, studded/spiked jewelry)
Koka Booth Amphitheatre CANNOT accommodate RV Parking
Vehicles parked incorrectly or left overnight (not relocated prior to 9 a.m. the following day) may be ticketed or towed at the owners expense.
PREMIERE PARKING: A limited number of Premiere Parking will be available for $25 upon arrival at the event, if spaces are available. Parking spaces will be held closest to the Main gate. Pass entitles 1 car to cark in Premiere Parking section in the FRONT of the Preferred Lot.
PREFERRED PARKING: A limited number of Preferred Parking will be available for $20.00 upon arrival at the event, if spaces are available. Parking spaces will be held across from the Main gate. Pass entitles 1 car to park in the Preferred Parking section in the BACK of the Preferred Lot.
- Parking lots open 1 hour before venue gates open.
- Purchasing a Parking Pass is NOT a ticket for the event and is not valid for entry into the event.
- Please present your Parking Pass upon arrival.
GENERAL PARKING: Koka Booth Amphitheatre has approximately 1500 free spaces available. Parking is free of charge in Amphitheatre-owned lots. Some local businesses may charge a fee for parking in their lots.
ACCESSIBLE PARKING: A limited number of accessible parking spaces are available on a first-come-first-served basis with the proper hang tag or license plate.
DROP OFF & PICK-UP LOCATION: If using a taxi, Uber, etc please follow the signs & our Parking Staff to the pick-up & drop-off area.
We know that part of your event experience may be mingling with friends in the parking lot.
- Tailgating must be confined to the rear of your vehicle and not interfere with the parking of other vehicles.
- Tents and canopies are not permitted.
- No grilling allowed in venue parking lots. Due to the risk, no open flame fires, charcoal and/or gas grills are prohibited.
- We ask that you help keep the parking lot clean and use our trash cans and recycle bins provided near the venue gates.