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January-March 2009 Concerts and Workshops: OR, WA, BC, NC, TN, FL, VA

Posted by bevans on Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year wishes to everyone on the Hangout! Let's hope for a great 2009 filled with banjos and music making. The big news is that my new CD with Megan Lynch, "let's do something..." is now available directly from the webstore at www.nativeandfine.com. This new 11 track CD features our takes on tunes from Van Morrison, Nick Drake, Mark Knopfler, Deb Talan, Teitur, Chris Coole and others, along with two new instrumentals from yours truly. You can sample full tracks from this project by visiting the Bill Evans and Megan Lynch MySpace page at www.myspace.com/billevansandmeganlynch.

The CD is also available now through CD Baby (www.cdbaby.com) and will be available on Amazon.com beginning Tuesday, January 6. The new recording is available now as a digital download through www.digstation.com. By the end of this month, also look for it on iTunes, Rhapsody, eMusic and most other major digital sites. In touring and workshop news, I'll be up in the Northwest for much of January, with workshops and concerts scheduled for Portland, OR; Seattle and Bellingham, WA; and Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Then in February, I'll be performing in North Carolina, Tennessee and California.

Then coming up in March, there will be workshop weekends in High Springs, Florida and in Kitty Hawk, NC with Richie Dotson and two concerts in Virginia. I hope to see some of you soon at one of these events. Here's all you need to know:

January 6, 13: Berkeley, CA: Bill joins Ran Bush and other teachers in an eight week "Intro to Bluegrass Jamming" group class at the Fifth String, 3051 Adeline Street. Class runs through February 24, $20 fee per class.7 to 9:15 p.m., all instruments and singers welcome, no prior experience playing with others is necessary - all are welcome! Contact Ran at 510-682-8886 or ranbush@gmail.com for more information and to register.

January 9-10: Portland, OR: Bill Evans and Megan Lynch perform and host workshops at the River City Bluegrass Festival, Oregon Convention Center. Check out BEML's 5 p.m. Main Stage set on Friday and their Cascade Stage set on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. Scruggs Style Basics Banjo Workshop, 10:30 a.m. Saturday. Fiddle workshop at 12:30 p.m. Workshops are free with festival admission. Info at http://www.rivercitybluegrass.com/

January 15: Portland, OR : Bill Evans and Megan Lynch teach evening banjo and fiddle workshops. Bill teaches a Melodic Style Banjo workshop designed for players with one year or more of playing experience at the home of Claire Levine from 7 to 9:30 p.m. $40 fee. Advance registrations are recommended by contacting Claire at 503-282-0883 or clairell@aracnet.com. Melodic style banjo is a three-finger bluegrass banjo technique that relies upon scales rather than rolls and offers an exciting, contemporary complement to Scruggs style. Melodic style allows you to play fiddle tunes note-for-note and also opens up improvisational possibilities. In this workshop, Bill will unlock the secrets of understanding how melodic style works. Youll learn how to use melodic style in different keys, how to use it up and down the neck and how to combine it with Scruggs style to add new possibilities to your playing, whatever your experience level. Tab examples will be presented, including licks and complete fiddle tunes. Video/audio recording is encouraged.

January 16: Portland, OR : Bill Evans and Megan Lynch perform at Ten Thousand Villages, 914 N.W. Everett Street, 503-585-1636. $15 admission. Advance reservations suggested by contacting Claire Levine at 503-282-0883 or email to clairell@aracnet.com. More info about Ten Thousand Villages at http://Portland.tenthousandvillages.com/php/stores.festivals/store.homepage.php

January 17: Seattle, WA: Bill Evans and Megan Lynch teach banjo and fiddle workshops at Dusty Strings, 3406 Fremont Ave. N. Bill teaches "Earl Scruggs Essentials" from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and "Unlocking Melodic and Single-String Styles" from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. $35 each or $60 for both sessions. Join Bill and Megan as they lead a Dusty Strings free jam session for bluegrass instrumentalists and singers from 4 to 5:45 p.m. designed to leave no one player in the dust! For more info phone 206-634-1662 or visit http://www.dustystrings.com/shop/index.shtml

January 17: Seattle, WA: Bill Evans and Megan Lynch at Egan's Ballard Jam House, 1707 NW Market Street. Performance is from 11:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. $7 cover. Phone 206-789-1621 for more details or visit http://www.ballardjamhouse.com/

January 18: Bellingham, WA: Bill Evans and Megan Lynch play Nancy's Farm, 2030 E. Smith Road, 2 p.m. show. Suggested donation $8 to $12. For more info, phone 360-966-4640.

January 18: Bellingham, WA: Bill Evans and Megan Lynch teach banjo and fiddle workshops in the evening. Bill's topic will be Learn the Secrets of Melodic and Single-String Styles. Bill analyzes contemporary melodic and single-string approaches, picking apart the right- and left-hand essentials in a way that will enable you to quickly and fluently begin to use these techniques to enhance your own playing. This is an ideal session for those who are new to these approaches as well as those who want to develop a deeper understanding of these styles. Advance registrations are recommended. Contact Len Helfgott at 360-647-0203 or leonard.helfgott@wwu.edu to reigster and for directions.

January 19: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Workshops and concert!! Bill Evans and Megan Lynch teach fiddle and banjo workshops from 5:30 to 7 p.m., location TBA. Bill will teach Learn the Secrets of Melodic and Single-String Styles (see description above). Advance registration is recommended by contacting Jay Buckwold at jbuckwold@telus.net or phone 604-737-0270. Bill and Megan then play an evening concert at The Anza Club, 3 West 8th Avenue, 8 p.m., sponsored by the Pacific Bluegrass and Heritage Society. Tickets $20 general public, $18 for Society members.

February 5: Chapel Hill, NC: Bill Evans and Megan Lynch perform at Mansion 462, 462 W Franklin St. on a double bill with Corduroy Road Show, 9 p.m. Info at http://mansion462.com/default.htm

February 6: Asheville, NC: Bill Evans and Megan Lynch perform in an intimate house concert. Advance reservations highly recommended. Contact Red Smith at 828-275-4545 or email to aesmith6@charter.net for information and reservations.

February 7: Nashville, TN : Bill Evans and Megan Lynch CD release concert, Norm's River Road House, 7695 River Road Pike, 37209, 615-356-6314. More details TBA soon!

February 12: Berkeley, CA : Bill Evans and Megan Lynch at the Starry Plough with the Foghorn Duo and Eric and Suzy Thompson as part of the San Francisco Bluegrass and Old Time Festival. Info at http://www.sfbluegrass.org/

February 13: Sutter Creek, CA : Bill Evans and Megan Lynch perform with Rita Hosking and Cousin Jack, Sutter Creek Theatre, 44 Main Street. Tickets and info at 209-267-1070 or visit http://www.suttercreektheater.com/

February 14: San Francisco, CA: Bill teaches a Melodic Style Banjo Workshop as part of the San Francisco Bluegrass and Old Time Festival at the Swedish American Music Hall, 2174 Market Street. Jams, band scrambles, exhibitors and more are scheduled for this all day event. Workshop is from 11:00 to 12:30 p.m. $30 fee. Melodic style banjo is a three-finger bluegrass banjo technique that relies upon scales rather than rolls and offers an exciting, contemporary complement to Scruggs style. Melodic style allows you to play fiddle tunes note-for-note and also opens up improv possibilities. In this workshop designed for players with one or more years of experience, Bill unlocks the secret of understanding melodic style, showing its application in different keys, how it's used up and down the neck and can be combined with Scruggs style. Tab examples will be presented and video/audio recording is encouraged. For additional information and registration, contact Dave Zimmerman at dzim@thepicksf.com or 415-215-6470 or visit http://www.sfbluegrass.org/

February 15: San Mateo, CA: Bill Evans and Megan Lynch perform in an intimate house concert-style setting located in downtown San Mateo. Event is a potluck with a suggested $15 donation. Concert is from 3 to 5 p.m. Seating is limited and advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Contact Kelly Mitter at kelly@dsma.org or 650-342-5564 for information and tickets.

February 20: El Cerrito, CA: Bill Evans and Megan Lynch return to 33 Revolutions Record Shop & Cafe, 10086 San Pablo Ave. (across from Nations). Show time 8 p.m. Now serving wine and beer, in addition to coffee beverages and great soups and salads. This is a great place to hear music in the Bay Area and is within walking distance of the El Cerrito Plaza BART station. More info at 510-898-1836 or email 33revolutions@gmail.com or visit http://33revolutions.com/

February 21: Fresno, CA : Bill Evans and Megan Lynch perform in concert for the Fresno Folklore Society, 8 p.m. Details TBA soon! Visit http://home.pacbell.net/ckjohns/ for more info.

March 20-22: High Springs, FL: Bill teaches at the Suwanee Banjo Camp at O'Leno State Park. Bluegrass instructors include Bill Keith, Scott Anderson and Janet Davis. Visit http://www.suwanneebanjocamp.com/ for more info.

March 27-28: Kitty Hawk, NC: Bill Evans and Megan Lynch teach workshops and perform at the Outer Banks Music Showcase Theatre. Bill will be teaching banjo workshop sessions for beginning and intermediate levels with Richie Dotson. Workshops will run Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. $95 for banjo workshop. Contact Richie at 757-613-9627 or banjoteacher@cox.net to sign up and for more information.

March 29: Charlottesville, VA: Bill Evans and Megan Lynch on a double bill with Missy Raines and the New Hip, Gravity Lounge, 103 South First Street, 22902, 7 p.m. $20 admission. For more information, phone 434-977-5590. Visit http://www.gravity-lounge.com/ for more info.

Thanks for your continued support! All the best, Bill Evans

4 comments on “January-March 2009 Concerts and Workshops: OR, WA, BC, NC, TN, FL, VA”

Tango_grass Says:
Saturday, January 3, 2009 @1:03:00 AM

wow, you'll be playing in Ballard 1/17, starting at 11pm. If that holds true, I'll see if I can make it out. I have a show myself, until 9pm....but we shall see.

Pepper Laing Says:
Saturday, January 3, 2009 @10:23:49 AM

Darn, wish I still lived out in Vancouver, b.c.  The Anza club is a good little venue, have played there myself. You should come out to Winnipeg mb. some time, anyway sounds like some good workshops etc... good luck!

TopCat Says:
Saturday, January 3, 2009 @2:30:48 PM

Hey Bill

Sounds fab (unfortunately I'm in the UK) but I think you may want to change your title to say 2009 Concerts and Workshops?

Best, TC 

bevans Says:
Saturday, January 3, 2009 @2:59:25 PM

Thanks TC - done! We banjo players live in the past, you know. Bill

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