Sam Bush rocks the Capitol Arts Center

Bluegrass musician Sam Bush plays fiddle with his band during the second set of their show at the Capitol Arts Center on Friday evening. More than 500 people were in attendance to see Bush, a Bowling Green native, play for the first time in seven years at the venue.

Lucas Aulbach

Bowling Green native Sam Bush and his band had the Capitol Arts Center rocking tonight, playing for well over three hours.

The newgrass performer seemed happy to be home.

“It’s great to be back in B.G.,” he said to the crowd early in his set.

He also took time to compliment the Center.

“As a kid it was always the greatest thing pulling up and seeing the Center,” he said.

While he and his band played a lot of Bush’s album material such as “Up On Cripple Creek,” they also took the time to loosen up and play longer “jams” for the crowd.

“He seems more polished tonight than he has been in the past,” Bowling Green resident Tim Maloney said.

He said he has seen Bush play on several other different occasions.

Karen Hume, the executive director of the Capitol Arts Center, said Bush previously mentioned that he wanted to do a show in his hometown.

She said she thought that he was well prepared for it.

“With this being a hometown show for them, I’m sure they’re going to want to stretch songs out and really play for the people,” Hume said.

While the show did not sell out, the audience was large and reactive.