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California Banjo Extravaganza with Barnes, Newberry & Evans: 6 NorCal shows and Mini-Camp Nov 9-13

Posted by bevans on Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Hi folks,

It's time to share the news about the 5th Annual California Banjo Extravaganza throughout northern California with six concerts from November 9 to 13 and a Berkeley Banjo Mini-Camp on Saturday, November 12. This year's featured artists are Danny Barnes, winner of the 2015 Steve Martin Award for Banjo Excellence and Joe Newberry, an award-winning songwriter and a regular on "A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor." Joining Danny and Joe are Bill Evans (hey, that's me!) and a truly All-Star Band consisting of John Reischman (mandolin), Chad Manning (fiddle), Jim Nunally (guitar) and Sharon Gilchrist (bass & mandolin).

This year, we'll be playing concerts in Chico, Grass Valley, Santa Cruz, Berkeley, Sonoma and Sebastopol and teaching an afternoon Banjo Mini-Camp for all levels in Berkeley. This year's tour is sponsored by Bishline BanjosBanjo CafePeghead Nation and Homespun Tapes. Here's concert info:

Wednesday, November 9: Chico, CA, Trinity United Methodist Church, 285 E 5th Street, 7 p.m. show, 6:30 p.m. doors. Tickets $20 advance / $22 at the door with $2 discount for CBA and church members. Contact Lucy Smith at 530-894-1449 or for tickets. Tickets also for sale at Music Connection and Chico Paper Company.

Thursday, November 10: Grass Valley, CA, Grass Valley Center for the Arts, 314 W Main Street, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $22 members, $25 non-members. Info at

Friday, November 11: Santa Cruz, CA, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar #2, 7:30 p.m. show, doors at 7 p.m. Tickets $35 Gold Circle members, $25 general admission. Info at, phone 831-479-9431 or email 

Saturday, November 12: Berkeley, CA, Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, Banjo Mini-Camp with Danny Barnes, Joe Newberry and Bill Evans, 2020 Addison Street, 1 to 5 p.m. $70. Info at

Saturday, November 12: Berkeley, CA, in concert at the Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 8 p.m. show, doors at 7 p.m. 2020 Addison Street. Info at

Sunday, November 13 (afternoon): Sonoma, CA, Hamel Family Wines, 15401 Sonoma Highway, doors at 1 p.m., bar-be-que & sangria lunch at 1:30, music at 2:30. $50. Phone 707-996-5800 for recommended reservations or email

Sunday, November 13 (evening): Sebastopol, CA, Sebastopol Community Cultural Center Annex, 425 Morris Street, 8 p.m. concert, doors at 7 p.m. Contact Kevin Russell at 707-824-1858, email or visit for info and tickets.

Danny Barnes first emerged on the national music scene in the early 1990’s with the Austin, TX band Bad Livers, which blended bluegrass, punk and pop music sounds. In the 21st century, Danny has recorded 15 projects and performed with rock icon Dave Matthews, modern jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, Darol Anger and many others. Danny has also performed with Robert Earl Keen and the Jeff Austin Band and is the winner of the 2015 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. A true banjo iconoclast, Danny is also the innovator of a musical aesthetic he calls “Barnyard Electronics,” combining his banjo with computer software and sampling. 

Missouri native and North Carolina transplant Joe Newberry has made music most of his life. He grew up in a family full of singers and dancers, took up the guitar and banjo as a teenager, and learned fiddle tunes from great Missouri fiddlers. Known around the world for his exquisite clawhammer banjo playing, Joe Newberry is also a powerful singer and songwriter who has been a frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. His song “They Called It Music,” co-written with Eric Gibson, was the 2013 IBMA “Song of the Year” award winner while his composition “Singing As We Rise” won the 2012 IBMA “Gospel Recorded Performance” award for recording artist Ricky Skaggs. He performs with mandolinist Mike Compton, fiddler Bruce Molsky and with old-time music legends Bill Hicks, Mike Craver and Jim Watson. 

San Francisco Bay Area musician Bill Evans has spent a lifetime bringing together folks who love and play the five-string banjo. His books Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies and Banjo For Dummies are among the most popular instructional books in the world. His most recent recorded project is Songs That Are Mostly Older Than Us with Fletcher Bright and Norman and Nancy Blake. These days, you’ll find Bill performing with his solo show The Banjo in America and with flatpicking legend Dan Crary and singer-songwriter in the trio Crary, Evans and Sprugin. Over the last fifteen years, he has performed with David Bromberg, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, the Steep Canyon Rangers, J. D. Crowe, Kathy Kallick, Claire Lynch and Jody Stecher, among many others.

What They’re Saying About Danny, Joe & Bill:

Danny Barnes: “The music is smart and soulful, and the lyrics are profound. It is heaven and earth. It is Americana, from the back porch to the pulpit, shattered dreams on angels' wings. I can’t stop listening. In the haze of over produced, ‘perfect’ recordings, Danny Barnes spent less than two weeks banging out an album that may well save your soul.” Dave Matthews talking about Danny’s CD Pizza Box

Joe Newberry: "Most contemporary old-time artists get their inspiration from recordings either commercial or field made.  Most of the time the artists spend their energy trying to copy the sound of their source.  Joe Newberry goes one step further... He takes the music and makes it his own, and always respectfully." -- SingOut! Magazine

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

​Contact Bill Evans at for more info on tour and Banjo Mini-Camp.

1 comment on “California Banjo Extravaganza with Barnes, Newberry & Evans: 6 NorCal shows and Mini-Camp Nov 9-13”

JanetB Says:
Saturday, October 29, 2016 @3:30:13 PM

This looks to be a great show for Kit and I to see in Grass Valley. We've seen all three of you, plus John and Jim, and you're all tops, truly.

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