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Richie Furay, Pioneer of Country Rock, Brings Iconic Sound to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre



“Let me be crystal clear: Richie Furay is THE VOICE of country rock.” – The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

MALIBU, CA – March 26, 2024 – Rock & roll living legend and country music star, Richie Furay, sets to captivate the nearly sold-out Smothers Theatre on Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus on Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 8 p.m. 

Richie Furay is an American music luminary, a Colorado Music Hall of Fame inductee, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. He is celebrated for pioneering country rock as a founding member of the legendary and quintessential groups Buffalo Springfield, Poco, and the Souther-Hillman-Furay Band. Fans will enjoy singing along with his hits, “For What It’s Worth,” “Heart of the Night,” and “Pickin’ Up the Pieces.”

Furay describes an "inner optimism" that really took him into the heart of becoming a professional musician. It has been a career of constant progression and unending achievements. Once Stills and Furay joined with Neil Young, Bruce Palmer, and Dewey Martin, Buffalo Springfield instantly became one of America's great bands. As they toured and recorded for the next three years, the group solidified their place in the history books. And when Furay left to form Poco with Jim Messina, Rusty Young, Randy Meisner, and George Grantham in 1968, his permanent influence in country rock became assured. 

When the electric and acoustic guitars team up, and the bass and drums of the rhythm section kick in and are joined by keyboards and the ever important steel guitar, there is such an undeniable celebration of music that comes across, it feels like Richie Furay has unlocked the immortal secret of who he has been all these years. He is joined by a spirit of life and love that only the very finest music can deliver. "This is what I am about: rock & roll and country," he states, and truer words were never spoken. It's like a special gift from one of rock & roll's true pioneers.

With his lush blend of country and rock tones, Furay takes the well-loved genres and turns them into head-spinning new sounds, sure to charm Pepperdine audiences on Saturday, April 20. 

Limited tickets, priced starting at $25 for the public and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling (310) 506-4522 or online at the Richie Furay event page.


About the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts

Delighting more than 50,000 patrons and participants annually with live performances, art exhibitions, and local outreach opportunities, the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts serves as a hub for the arts on Pepperdine University’s Malibu campus, uniquely linking professional guest artists with Pepperdine students as well as patrons from surrounding Southern California communities. Three performance spaces, including the 450-seat Smothers Theatre, the 124-seat Raitt Recital Hall, and the “black box” Lindhurst Theatre, host hundreds of performances, rehearsals, and master classes throughout the year. The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, a dynamic, two-story exhibition space, showcases a revolving selection of modern and contemporary art with a focus on art made in California.


Event Details

WHAT: Richie Furay
WHEN: Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 8 p.m
WHERE: Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA
TICKETS: (310) 506-4522 or Richie Furay event page 
PRICES: $25-$50 for the public. $10 for Pepperdine students. 



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