Secret Life of Banjos w/ Jody Stecher & Bill Evans
Friday, November 26, 2010, 8:00 pm (doors open at 7:00 pm)progressive traditionalists explore the past, present & future of the banjo $20.50 advance / $21.50 at doorPurchase tickets online
November 26 8:00 pm

Jody Stecher & Bill EvansDon't miss an evening of interactive banjolity the likes of which have rarely been heard before, featuring two masters of the five-string instrument. Jody Stecher and Bill Evans combine their passionate lifelong fascination with the banjo in a concert that explores the diversity, excitement, charm, and history of one of America's most celebrated but misunderstood instruments. You'll hear solos and duets; original pieces, chestnuts and rarities; 19th century minstrel and classic banjo; bluegrass, rags, blues and old-time playing; banjo songs and instrumentals and much more, all performed on a truly vast array of fretted and fretless banjos. There will even be singing!

Jody, who's been playing five-string banjo for nearly five decades, exemplifies the open door between tradition and creative personal expression. He has played the Freight numerous times as a solo act, in duet with Kate Brislin, in the bluegrass band Perfect Strangers, and in many other combinations—but this will be one of his rare "Banjo Only" shows. Jody's recordings, which have greatly influenced several generations of musicians around the world, have won Indy Awards and have been Grammy finalists.

Bill embarked on his musical path in middle school after seeing Roy Clark play the banjo on television and thinking to himself, "I could do that." Primarily a bluegrass player, Bill has spent the last 36 years applying what he's learned one-on-one from such masters as Sonny Osborne, J. D. Crowe, Bill Keith, and Tony Trischka into an original fusion of old and new approaches. Bill's interest in banjo history has also led to a lifelong exploration of 19th century minstrel and classic styles.

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