Bob Perilla's Big Hillbilly Bluegrass

What the Critics are saying

"One of the best kept secrets on the Eastern Seaboard ... Astonishing" — Joe Ross

"A smart band with an ear for what works ..." — Bluegrass Unlimited

"Unforgettable" — Marty Rosen, Louisville Courier-Journal

"Old Bob is all right." — Buzz Busby (R.I.P.)

"Bob Perilla's Big Hillbilly Bluegrass captures the essence of the Master Bill Monroe" — Cybergrass

"A crowd pleaser ... instrumentally tight ... fresh & innovative" — Bluegrass Unlimited

"The hillbilly legacy lingers ... no one better personifies than Bob Perilla" — Geoffrey Himes


Past Live Performances

2006 Tour of Georgia (including Abkhazia), Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for the U.S. Department of State

2005 Tour of Azerbaijan, Armenia and Georgia for the U.S. Department of State

Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Washington, DC, artists in residence

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, five appearances

American Film Institute Silver Cultural Center, Silver Spring, MD, two appearances

Birchmere, Alexandria, VA, New Year's Eve 2005, live broadcast via XM Radio

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Rockygrass, Lyons, CO

Gettysburg Bluegrass Camporee, Gettysburg, PA, two appearances

Thomas Point Beach Festival, Brunswick, ME

Madam's Organ, Washington, DC, over five hundred appearances (that's over 2000 sets!), every Wednesday, check it out.

9:30 Club, Washington, DC

Strathmore Music Center, Bethesda, MD, three appearances

Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV, two appearances

Iota, Arlington, VA, two appearances


Film & Television Performances

"Head of State" Hollywood movie performing original song, starring Chris Rock, commercially available

Live TV performance backing Earl Scruggs, WRC-TV NBC 4, Washington, DC.

"Bluegrass Journey" documentary film appearance, directed by Ruth Oxenberg, commercially available

"A Bluegrass Band in Armenia" The 2005 tour in a 40-minute movie by the U.S. Department of State, disc available

"Live at Best Checks" Half-hour video directed by Tom Klarner and Brian Andrews, disc available


Additional Highlights

Feature article, "Bluegrass Unlimited," February 2005

In 2006 "Big Hillbilly Bluegrass" toured Uzbekistan and Tajikistan bringing bluegrass to Central Asia's "Silk Road" for the U.S. Department of State, with a return swing through Abkhazia in the Republic of Georgia.