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Bill Evans presents The Banjo in America on March 9th at the North Columbia Schoolhouse

Bill Evans plays the history of the banjo from West Africa to America


By: Jeff Adams Executive Director, North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center

Bill Evans
March 4, 2013 - Fresh off a guest appearance on A Prairie Home Companion, Bill Evans will perform at the intimate North Columbia Schoolhouse on Saturday, March 9th. Entitled The Banjo in America, his performance is part music concert and part history lesson.

"Tracing the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, I perform musical examples from the 1700's to the present day on a variety of vintage instruments," says Evans. The instruments range from an African ekonting to a mid-19th century minstrel banjo, a modern bluegrass banjo and even an electric banjo.

"I will sample this history beginning with an 18th century African dance tune and then the music of the Civil War," says Evans. "From there I continue with early 20th century ragtime to folk and bluegrass banjo styles." Evans also plays his own remarkable original music. His performances illuminate as well as entertain, exposing audiences to over 200 years of American music.

Evans is an internationally known five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer, scholar and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world in a career that spans over thirty-five years.

Evans' 2012 CD In Good Company features over 26 musicians, including the Infamous Stringdusters, Tim O'Brien, and Joy Kills Sorrow. This release was #1 on the Folk DJ-List and Roots Music Report folk and bluegrass charts, in addition to being named to many "Best of 2012" lists (including folkalley.com and popmatters.com). Last year, Bill performed with the San Francisco Symphony and toured through 19 states, Canada, Germany and Russia.

Evans also holds a Master's Degree in Music from the University of California, Berkeley specializing in American music history and he has been a scholar-artist in residence at many universities across the United States. He is the author of Banjo For Dummies, the most popular banjo book in the world.

He has performed with acoustic luminaries David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Dry Branch Fire Squad, and Jody Stecher, among many others.

"I am so thrilled to have this opportunity to cover the history of the banjo at the North Columbia Schoolhouse," says Evans. "I cannot think of a better place to perform a historical concert than a one-room schoolhouse built in the 1800s."

You can learn more about Bill by visiting www.billevansbanjo.com. Watch video performances from The Banjo in America by linking to Bill's YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/BillEvansBanjo,or link to Fretboard Journal magazine's video "Bill Evans Tells The History of the Banjo in 14 Minutes:" http://vimeo.com/52518992.

Tickets for this performance are available at BriarPatch, Mother Truckers, and Nevada City Box Office.

WHAT: The Banjo in America presented by Bill Evans. Part music concert, part history lesson on the evolution of the banjo.
WHEN: Saturday, March 9, 2013. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. Show begins at 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The North Columbia Schoolhouse Cultural Center on the San Juan Ridge, 17894 Tyler Foote Road, Nevada City, CA, 95959.
WHO: Bill Evans
PRICE: $15 members, $18 non-members, $20 door at Mother Truckers, Briar Patch, and Nevada City Box Office.
INFORMATION: Visit www.northcolumbiaschoolhouse.org, call (530) 265-2826, or email info@northcolumbiaschoolhouse.org.


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