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Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Del McCoury Band

[MUSIC] FRIDAY, MAY 31

Remember when you bellyached about not having the same cultural options as people in other large cities? And when you swore you would never set foot inside The Smith Center unless it booked those very cultural options we supposedly weren’t getting?

Well, if you sleep on this meeting of the roots-music greats — the Preservation Hall Jazz Band from New Orleans and Appalachia’s most renowned collective, the Del McCoury Band — you’d better throw yourself out of Las Vegas before we do it ourselves. While the Preservation Hall folks return to Vegas after last year’s wonderfully bawdy and celebratory shows at the Smith Center’s intimate Cabaret Jazz room, the Del McCoury clan are not Sin City regulars, and the two musical powerhouses have yet to bring their Americana mash to Southern Nevada. This is no double-bill — both the torchbearers of the Big Easy jazz tradition and the first family of bluegrass will be onstage together, their set list culling from both their individual songbooks, as well as their acclaimed 2011 collaboration record, American Legacies.

This is not only a must-attend event for those seeking capital-C culture, it’s an opportunity to hear the beginning — and evolution — of America’s most enduring music traditions. 7:30 p.m.; Reynolds Hall at The Smith Center, 371 Symphony Park Ave., thesmithcenter.com, $26-$79