Keller Williams is Bringing his Bluegrass Tribute to Tom Petty to the Old Rock House Saturday, March 23

Keller Williams. Photo by C. Taylor Crothers.


WHEN: Saturday, March 23

DOORS: 8pm Show: 9pm

WHERE: The Old Rock House

1200 South 7th St. St. Louis, MO


Available at Metrotix here

–By Sean Derrick


If you have never heard of Keller Williams, well, you really need to change that.

Williams is a multi-talented musician, singer, composer, entertainer, who combines bits of jazz, funk, bluegrass, electronica, alternative rock, etc. He has released 24 albums since 1994 that vary in scope and style to the point that if you can’t find something you like you aren’t trying.

His live shows have been noted as unique, dazzling, unpredictable, terrific, and pure fun.

Williams has delved into many projects over the years and his latest one is a bluegrass tribute to the late, great Tom Petty called Pettygrass. Yea, that is right, an entire set of Tom Petty classics set to bluegrass. And if you are wondering, yes, it is as great as it sounds.

Keller Williams. Photo by C. Taylor Crothers.

For this tour his is bringing the Hillbenders, a bluegrass band out of Springfield, Missouri that also shares his love for Tom Petty, along with their own renditions of the The Who’s rock opera TOMMY. 

It should be for an entertaining and unforgettable night as one set will feature Keller as a solo act, acting as a one man jam band (trust me, you don’t want to miss this), and one set with the Hillbenders performing  the Pettygrass material.

Williams says about the show: “There is nothing like a room full of people singing along to the same song. With his untimely passing, these songs have been pushed to the forefront of my mind and it seems like as good a time as any to celebrate, publicly, the music of Tom Petty. Luckily, The Hillbenders share my passion for this music and it just so happens that they are kick ass pickers who have amazing attention to detail. These Petty songs lend themselves quite easily to bluegrass and by the end of the night, the audience will more than likely be singing in harmony.”

Tickets are $30 and are available at


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