Bill Evans: The Banjo in America
Friday, February 7, 2014
8:00pm - $18 advance, $20 door - All Ages
87 4th Street
Ashland, OR, United States 97520
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St. Clair Productions presents banjoist Bill Evans on Friday, February 7, 8 p.m., at the Unitarian Fellowship, 87 4th St., Ashland. Evans presents The Banjo in America, tracing the banjo from its West African roots to the New World. Tickets are $18 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 for teens 12-17 and free under 12. Tickets available at www.stclairevents.com, 541-535-3562 or at the Music Coop in downtown Ashland.
Tracing the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, Evans performs musical examples from the 1700's to the present day on a variety of vintage instruments, explaining how the banjo has been at the intersection of African- and Anglo-American musical and cultural exchange for over 250 years. From an 18th century African dance tune to the music of the Civil War, and from early 20th century ragtime to folk and bluegrass banjo styles, The Banjo in America informs while it entertains, exposing audiences to over 200 years of American music.
Bill is the author of Banjo For Dummies, the most popular banjo book in the world. In addition, he hosts four critically acclaimed instructional DVDs for AcuTab Publications and is the co-author of Parking Lot Picker's Songbook: Banjo Edition from Mel Bay. He also writes a popular monthly instructional column for Banjo Newsletter magazine, "All Strings Considered."