The Eastman School of Music will welcome Kate Lee and Forrest O’Connor Band with Chris Wilson for an event at 7:30 p.m. on July 10 in Kilbourn Hall, 26 Gibbs St., Rochester.
Americana duo Kate Lee and Forrest O’Connor have earned national recognition as co-lead singers and primary songwriters of the O’Connor Band, a bluegrass group they co-founded along with O’Connor’s father, seven-time Country Music Association Award-winning violinist Mark O’Connor. They wrote the majority of the band’s debut album, “Coming Home,” which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Bluegrass Albums Chart and won a Grammy Award in 2017. Lee also is an Irondequoit native. Eastman welcomed them last season in a performance with the O’Connor Family Band.
Independently and as part of the O’Connor Band, Lee and O’Connor have collaborated with Paul Simon, Zac Brown, Kenny Loggins, Clint Black, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Dan Tyminski and others. Their music has accumulated more than half a million streams on Spotify, and they have performed at the Grand Ole Opry, the Ryman Auditorium and Fenway Park.
Rochester native Chris Wilson, recognized for his vocally driven songwriting and passionate live performances, will be featured with Lee and O’Connor. Winner of the “Viewer’s Choice Award” for his performance on MTV’s “The Cut,” Wilson was also voted Best Male Vocalist and Best Overall Performance at the World Championships of the Performing Arts in Los Angeles. Wilson’s powerful vocals set him apart from anyone in his genre today. His honest, emotional songwriting serves his voice perfectly, with a blend of power and simplicity. Artist and producer David Foster told Chris, “Your voice is just amazing…you are going to have a long career in this business.”
Tickets are $35 for general admission and can be purchased at the Eastman Theatre Box Office, 26 Gibbs Street, 10 3 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays; at; or by phone at (585) 274-3000.