Friday, February 27, 2015
YOLO COUNTY NEWS
99 CENTS

Second annual California Banjo Extravaganza brings all-stars to The Palms

By
From page A7 | November 13, 2013 |

Sammy ShelorW

Sammy Shelor will perform at the California Banjo Extravaganza at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at The Palms Playhouse. Courtesy photo

Move over, “Dueling Banjos,” and make way for the second annual California Banjo Extravaganza.

Featuring Sammy Shelor, Tony Trischka and Bill Evans on five-string banjos and a back-up band packed with some of the country’s best pickers, this show promises to be a treat for fans of bluegrass and acoustic music. The California Banjo Extravaganza includes just a handful of concerts, one of which is at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, at The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main St. in Winters.

The California Banjo Extravaganza, which debuted at The Palms a year ago, is the brainchild of Bay Area-based banjoist Evans. In seeking a new way to showcase leading banjoists and their music along with fostering collaboration, Evans hit on the new idea. He would bring banjoists together once a year, mix in a backing band of select bluegrass musicians pulled from various top West Coast bluegrass bands and hit the road in Northern California for a few prime shows.

Shelor has obviously come a long since he was 4 and started playing a banjo that his grandfather made for him out of a pressure cooker lid. Later, he earned a store-bought banjo from his other grandfather by learning to play tunes, but Shelor’s drive, talent, love of the instrument and enjoyment in playing and innovating remain strong. Shelor, a five-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Banjo Player of The Year and the second winner of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, can usually be found fronting the popular Lonesome River Band.

At first glance, Trischka may appear to be fairly quiet and unassuming — but when he starts to play, the lightning-fast rolls and runs and spirited music that he coaxes and launches from his banjo repaint that picture into one of a deeply creative musician of prodigious talent. With collaborations ranging from bluegrass (Ralph Stanley, Alison Krause, Steve Martin) to rock (Bruce Springsteen, The Violent Femmes), Trischka has expanded the banjo’s reach in music and popular culture tremendously and deserves his due of credit for moving the banjo from the maligned sidelines back into its place in music.

Evans is a dynamic musician who can fuse styles of music together both inventively and seamlessly. Firmly rooted in bluegrass, he deftly mixes both traditional and progressive bluegrass with occasional dashes of jazz, classical and world music that whiz by in a flurry of notes or blend into plaintive melodies. Evans’ enthusiastic exploration of the history of the banjo in America and its roots in Africa is also evident in his playing.

The band backing the veritable wall of banjos is a who’s-who of top West Coast bluegrass and acoustic music pickers and singers, several of whom are headliners in their own right: John Reischman on mandolin (John Reischman & The Jaybirds), Jim Nunally on guitar (David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, John Reischman & The Jaybirds), Sharon Gilchrist on bass (The Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet; Uncle Earl), and Chad Manning on fiddle (David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands).

With these seven remarkable musicians on stage weaving music new and old into never-before heard configurations, the evening promises to be a treat for fans of bluegrass and acoustic music.

Tickets are $25 and are available at Armadillo Music in Davis, Watermelon Music in Woodland, Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com, sammyshelor.com, tonytrischka.com and billevansbanjo.com.

Comments

comments

.

News

 
Woodland infant’s death remains a mystery

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A1

New greenhouse will add to ‘Farm to Mouth’ program

By Anne Ternus-Bellamy | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Learn about pollinators, gardens and honey at Yolo Basin fundraiser

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A1 | Gallery

Fire damages South Davis home

By Lauren Keene | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
Can you give them a home?

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2 | Gallery

 
For the record

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A2

Gerber nominations close Saturday

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Explorit: Humming right along

By Lisa Justice | From Page: A3

Flower arrangers feature S.F. designer

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

 
Celebrate Africa on Saturday at I-House

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A3

Spring sing-along is March 4

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Chamber explores how to pay for Davis’ needs

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Wolk and Dodd team up to provide Napa earthquake tax relief

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
Robb Davis to speak about homelessness, energy

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

Class of 1970 plans 45-year reunion

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Bicycle safety course to be offered in Davis

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Documentary on immigration issues will be screened

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Learn about your brain on March 14

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
A fill-up mishap

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A5

Two free yoga classes offered March 12

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

 
Take a night walk at Cache Creek

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A5

Adopt a household for Bridge to Housing participants

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A7

 
Workshop will teach sustainable gardening methods

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A8

 
.

Forum

Tired of all of this

By Creators Syndicate | From Page: B5

 
Cavalier attitude about bike safety

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B6

Start early to build healthy dental habits

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: B6

 
Tom Meyer cartoon

By Debbie Davis | From Page: B6

 
No extra cost for containers

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B6

Oral Health Project launches

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B6

 
Here an H, there an H

By Letters to the Editor | From Page: B6

.

Sports

Off day for Aggie men at UCSB

By Kim Orendor | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Aggie women fall to 4th after lackluster showing

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Lady Devils are on to the SJS semis

By Spencer Ault | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Blue Devil boys expect a spike in production

By Thomas Oide | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Inquiring minds want to know about Aggies

By Bruce Gallaudet | From Page: B1

 
Encouraging start for DHS boys tennis team

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Late goal lifts Red Wings over Sharks

By The Associated Press | From Page: B4 | Gallery

 
Watney struggling at windy Honda Classic

By Enterprise staff | From Page: B12

 
.

Features

.

Arts

International Film Series to present ‘Jaffa’

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

 
Monticello announces March schedule

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10

The Artery presents ‘Stepping Into Nature’

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A10 | Gallery

 
YoloArts’ Gallery 625 presents ‘The Poetry of Dots’

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A10 | Gallery

‘Focus': A sharply conceived caper

By Derrick Bang | From Page: A11 | Gallery

 
The Woodland Opera House announces 2015-16 season

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A12 | Gallery

.

Business

Nissan’s Z remains an affordable performer

By Ann M. Job | From Page: B3

 
Car Care: Simple DIY steps to protect your car through all seasons

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A7

 
.

Obituaries

Dieter W. Gruenwedel

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

 
George Miller Jr.

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

Death notice: Celia E. Recchio

By Enterprise staff | From Page: A4

 
Vernon E. Burton

By Special to The Enterprise | From Page: A4

.

Comics

Comics: Friday, February 27, 2015

By Creator | From Page: B5