ROCKY MOUNT, Virginia — Mandolinist / singer / songwriter Chris Thile, who NPR called a “genre-defying musical genius,” will return to the Harvester stage Tuesday, Nov. 23. 

“We’re looking forward to getting Chris back to the Harvester,” said Micah Davidson, director of operations. “His friendly performance style and interaction with the audience is perfect for our space.” 

After more than a year without welcoming a live audience, the Harvester announced Monday that it would kick off its fall season with Blue Oyster Cult on Sept. 4. Many of the fall shows were postponed because of COVID-19 restrictions. 

Thile’s performance is the first new show to be added to the calendar, and Davidson said more announcements will follow in the coming weeks. 

“We’ve added a few Harvester fan favorites as well as artists who have never performed in our space,” Davidson said. “Our calendar will have something for everyone.” 

This will also be the first concert to feature new seating options, which will vary from show to show. Choices include two levels of reserved seating, a dinner-and-show package that includes a catered meal at the Harvester prior to the performance, and an elevated section in the back of the main room that has tables and table service. 

Thile’s distinct style is popular with audiences nationwide. A founding member of the Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek, he gained even more prominence while hosting public radio favorite “Live from Here with Chris Thile” (formerly known as “A Prairie Home Companion.”)

His latest project and first truly solo album “Laysongs” was released Friday.

Thile performed with banjo player Béla Fleck at the Harvester in 2017. 

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