SHIPPENSBURG, PA (May 17, 2010) - The H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University presents STEVE MARTIN and the Steep Canyon River Rangers - An Evening of Bluegrass & Banjo, Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 8 p.m. Tickets on sale Thursday, May 27 at 11 a.m. and are $65, $60, $55 & $40.

STEVE MARTIN first rose to national prominence in the 1970s performing absurdist comedy routines and making frequent appearances on NBC's "Saturday Night Live." Branching out from stand-up comedy in the early ‘80s, Martin became a successful film actor and musician, eventually earning Emmy, Grammy and American Comedy Awards. His banjo and bluegrass music has earned Martin numerous accolades - including a 2003 Grammy Award for Best Country Performance and, most recently, a Best Bluegrass Album Grammy for his 2009 solo debut, "The Crow."

The Steep Canyon Rangers, from Asheville, NC, have built a reputation as an engaging acoustic quintet seasoned by constant touring. Before being nominated for 2 International Bluegrass Music awards in 2008 (including Album of the Year, ‘Lovin' Pretty Women), the Rangers were named ‘Emerging Artist of the Year' in 2006 at the IBMA awards ceremony in Nashville, TN. The group has been regularly featured on the Grand Ole Opry, as well as major U.S. Bluegrass and Americana music festivals such as MerleFest, Telluride, Grey Fox, DelFest and RockyGrass. Touring frequently they appear in festivals in Sweden, Ireland, Germany and Canada. The group also regularly performs at Rock & Roll venues on the U.S. jam-band circuit.

STEVE MARTIN and the Steep Canyon Rangers will perform an evening of bluegrass and banjo at the Luhrs Center for one night only. For more information, call the Luhrs Center Box Office at 717.477.SHOW (7469) or visit the Luhrs Center website at

 About the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University

The mission of the H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center at Shippensburg University is to support and enhance the University's role in academic and cultural enrichment for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The Luhrs Center's 1,500-seat state-of-the-art Grove Theatre is where programs to educate, enlighten and entertain are presented. Benefits of the Center to the region include expanding opportunities to participate in a wide range of cultural programming including full-scale Broadway companies, musical groups, symphonies, dance troupes and internationally known speakers. In addition, it adds options for professional training programs, youth programs and senior citizen programs; attracts regional and national business conferences, professional meetings and planning sessions; and additional visitors to the area which will result in a positive impact on the local and regional economy.