Celebrity Series of Boston Presents Bela Fleck's Banjo Summit, 10/10
Noam Pikelny is a Grammy-nominated banjoist from Skokie, Illinois. He is currently a member of the progressive bluegrass band the Punch Brothers, which released its first album in 2008. He received the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass in September 2010.
Richie Stearns plays the banjo as a member of the American alternative rock/folk band, The Horse Flies. Stearns has also toured extensively with and recorded in pop singer Natalie Merchant's band, appearing on two of her albums.
Tony Trischka was inspired to play the banjo in 1963, after listening to the Kingston Trio's "Charlie and The MTA." For more than 35 years, his work has inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians. He served as young Béla Fleck's banjo teacher, and continues to explore the traditions and possibilities of the banjo through his "World Turning" concerts, his band Territory and as a record producer for artists such as Steve Martin.
Abigail Washburn has brought her clawhammer banjo and vocals skills to the groups Uncle Earl and The Sparrow Quartet as well as duo shows with Bela Fleck.
The banjoists will be accompanied on stage by a stellar acoustic band that features guitarist Russ Barenberg (of the Barenberg, Douglas & Meyer band), fiddler Casey Driessen (Sparrow Quartet, Jerry Douglas), mandolinist Jesse Cobb (of the Infamous Stringdusters), and bassist Corey DiMario (of Crooked Still).
Program is approximately 2.5 hours with one intermission.