It's difficult to find enough superlatives to describe how good Alison Krauss & Union Station are when it comes to bluegrass. Krauss is simply one of the most gifted vocalists -- of any genre -- in the world, and she has long surrounded herself with the finest collection of pickers money can buy (even before she had the money to buy them). Though Union Station could presumably be susceptible to cries of "too polished!" from those who like their bluegrass dipped in moonshine and molasses, the only way to beat the band in a bluegrass competition would be to create the bluegrass equivalent of IBM's Deep Blue, the chess computer that famously defeated Russian genius Garry Kasparov in 1997. Only in the bluegrass computer's case, it would be called Deep Bluegrass, and Krauss & Union Station would prevail. Krauss & Union Station will bring bluegrass to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
Sat., Aug. 20, 8 p.m., 2011