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The 7th Annual California Banjo Extravaganza

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The 7th Annual California Banjo Extravaganza

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Each November, San Francisco Bay Area banjo player Bill Evans brings together some of the best banjo players in the world and combines them with an ace backup band featuring several West Coast favorites for a series of incredible concerts across northern California and an afternoon of workshops in Berkeley.

This year’s annual Northern California five-string banjo celebration features 2018 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year nominee Ned LubereckiCanada’s old-time banjo master Chris Coole and, of course, California favorite Bill Evans. Joining this trio of banjo greats is their All-Star band, this year featuring John Reischman (mandolin), Chad Manning (fiddle), Jim Nunally (guitar) & Sharon Gilchrist (bass) for an evening of bluegrass, old-time, and beyond, celebrating the many different ways music is made today on the five-string banjo.


What folks are saying about these musicians: 

Ned Luberecki: “An absolutely joyous, riveting, beautifully syncopated example of the beauty of the banjo.” Steve Martin

Bill Evans: “Bill Evans does for the five-string banjo what Van Gogh did for color…treats it in a different way and then shares it with you. And his recent release “In Good Company” is a virtuoso master class in exploring bluegrass from the tradition to the far edges of alternative.” Tom Franks, FolkWords

Chris Coole: “Chris Coole’s banjo playing is, frankly, incomparable.” Mitch Podolak, co-founder of Winnipeg and Vancouver folk festivals. “Renowned for his clawhammer banjo playing, Coole now establishes himself as a gripping songwriter,” Penguin Eggs Magazine

John Reischman: “One of the true tone poets of American acoustic music…always placing the right note in the right place with the right tone and touch…throughout, Reischman’s full-throated mandolin never overplays or forces a point on the listener. The music is open, inviting, and engaging on multiple levels at once, telling musical stories without words like the birds in the tall pine trees or the waves upon the dark and rolling sea.” Acoustic Guitarmagazine.

Read more about the musicians here