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Southern California Concerts & Workshops (Blythe, Culver City & San Luis Obispo), January 18-20th!

Posted by bevans on Friday, January 11, 2013

Hi folks and it's still not too late to wish everyone here at BHO a Happy New Year!

I'll be heading to southern California, January 18-20 for concerts in Blythe, Culver City (Los Angeles area) and San Luis Obispo and bluegrass banjo workshops in Culver City and San Luis Obispo. This is my first trip to this part of the state in several years and I'll be bringing a bunch of great historical banjos as part of "The Banjo in America" concert and lots of great tabs for the two banjo workshops I'll be teaching, which are designed for all levels. I hope to see some of you there! Below is all the info and thanks for your continued support.


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Bill Evans & The Banjo in America + Bluegrass Banjo Workshops in Southern California

(Blythe, Culver City, San Luis Obispo), January 18-20th


Friday, January 18: Blythe, CA: The Banjo in America debuts at the Blythe Bluegrass FestivalColorado River Fairgrounds, 591 North Olive Lake Blvd. Info at 760-922-8166. Sets at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., with harmony vocal and banjo workshops at 3 and 5 p.m. Info at

Saturday, January 19; Culver City, CA, Boulevard Music, Working Up Scruggs Style Solos Banjo Workshop, 4-6 p.m., The Banjo In America at 8 p.m. 4316 Sepulveda Blvd. Registration and info at 310-398-2583 or visit

Working Up Scruggs-Style Solos Banjo Workshop, 4-6 p.m., $40. Designed for all levels of students, this "hands on and let's pick" workshop will show how to find melodies on the banjo and use rolls, licks and chord progressions to create great sounding bonafide solos. An analysis of several Scruggs solos will also be presented.

The Banjo in America in Concert. 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m. Tickets $15. Over 250 years of music on an incredible array of historical banjos!

Sunday, January 20: San Luis Obispo, CA: Spirits of Africa Gallery, 672 Higuera St. Bluegrass Jam Essentials Workshop, 2:30 - 5 p.m., $40. The Banjo in America concert, Erin Inglish opens, at 7 p.m., $15. Contact Erin Inglish at 805-748-2998 or for reservations. Attend both the workshop and concert for $50! Visit the Spirits of Africa website at

WORKSHOP: Bluegrass Banjo Jam Survival Skills with Bill Evans, 2:30 - 5 pm. For all level players! This will be a practical "hands on and let's play" kind of session with practical and easy to understand tips and skills that you can immediately use in your next jam session or band rehearsal. Topics to be covered include the role of the banjo in a jam session and how to support different instruments and singers effectively with vamping, roll patterns and up-the-neck techniques. What kind of licks to use where, kick-offs and endings, navigating the keys of C and D, using the capo effectively to play in all keys and much more will be discussed. This workshop is designed for all levels of students but is ideal for those who have one or more years of playing experience. Bill's group teaching method keeps everyone involved regardless of experience level. Tab examples will be provided but it's not necessary to read tab to get a lot out of this workshop. Audio or video recording is encouraged. Bring your banjo and a music stand if you have one! To learn more about Bill,

CONCERT: The Banjo in America & Irin English, 7 p.m., $15 San Francisco Bay Area musician Bill Evans is well known within the acoustic and bluegrass community not only as an outstanding banjo player, but also as a teacher, writer and scholar. The Banjo in America brings together these interests in a unique presentation designed for the concert stage that’s for all audiences. Tracing the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, Evans performs musical examples from the 1700’s to the present day on a variety of vintage instruments, ranging from an African ekonting to a mid-19th century minstrel banjo, a modern bluegrass banjo and even an electric banjo. In the process, Bill explains how the banjo has been at the intersection of African and Anglo-American musical and cultural exchange for over 250 years. From an 18th century African dance tune to the music of the Civil War, and from early 20th century ragtime to folk and bluegrass banjo styles to Bill’s own incredible original music, The Banjo in America informs while it entertains, exposing audiences to over 200 years of American music.

BILL EVANS BIO: Bill Evans is an internationally known five-string banjo life force. The author of Banjo For Dummies, Bill has performed with acoustic luminaries David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Dry Branch Fire Squad and Laurie Lewis, among many others over a thirty-five year performing career. His 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 and Last year, Bill performed with the San Francisco Symphony and toured through 19 states, Canada, Germany and Russia. Bill started investigating banjo history as a graduate student in Music at UC Berkeley and has performed The Banjo in America all across the world for the last fifteen years. This is his debut solo performance in the SLO area!

To learn more about Bill, visit For video, visit To listen to Bill’s CD In Good Company, visit

ERIN INGLISH BIO: ERIN INGLISH, a native of the California Central Coast, plays solid Scruggs-style banjo, and her unique presentation of voice and banjo is reminiscent of the sounds of John Hartford. Erin has lived in India, Madagascar, Bulgaria and Serbia, and her songwriting reflects her worldly travels and grounding passion for sustainability and art. From the conscientious messages in her songwriting and performing, to her consulting work as an energy efficiency and sustainability specialist, Erin is a consummate, humanistic storyteller. (More at

Erin Inglish's EARTH*BIKE*BANJO TOUR: One new album. One Bicycle. One banjo. One Month. 1000 miles. JOIN US in celebration of Earth Month 2013 by pledging for Erin Inglish's Earth*BikeBanjo 2013 Tour & Album Release! Erin Inglish will ride along the coast of California almost 1000 miles from Arcata down to San Diego. I will be playing scheduled gigs in the evenings and visiting schools, local organizations, farms, bike coalitions, etc. during the days to talk about sustainability and share music. Join her as she rides the Earth * Bike * Banjo - Earth Month Tour 2013 by becoming a backer today and by following along on her blog ( or on Facebook (

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