California Banjo Extravaganza w/Bill Evans, Danny Barnes, & Joe Newberry

California Banjo Extravaganza w/Bill Evans, Danny Barnes, & Joe Newberry

Bill Evans, Danny Barnes, Joe Newberry

Saturday, November 12th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$30 Advance/$32 Door

California Banjo Extravaganza
Attend the California Banjo Extravaganza Mini-Camp at the Freight,
Saturday, November 10, 1 pm

Each November, San Francisco Bay Area banjo player Bill Evans brings together some of the best banjo players in the world and combines them with an ace backup band featuring several West Coast favorites for a series of incredible concerts across northern California and an afternoon of workshops in Berkeley. This year’s annual California five-string banjo celebration features 2018 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Ned Luberecki, Canada’s old-time banjo master Chris Coole and, of course, California favorite Bill Evans. Joining this trio of banjo greats is their All-Star band, this year featuring John Reischman (mandolin), Chad Manning (fiddle), Jim Nunally (guitar) & Sharon Gilchrist (bass) for an evening of bluegrass, old-time, and beyond, celebrating the many different ways music is made today on the five-string banjo.

What folks are saying about these musicians:

Ned Luberecki: “An absolutely joyous, riveting, beautifully syncopated example of the beauty of the banjo.” Steve Martin

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

Chris Coole: “Chris Coole’s banjo playing is, frankly, incomparable.” Mitch Podolak, co-founder of Winnipeg and Vancouver folk festivals.

“Renowned for his clawhammer banjo playing, Coole now establishes himself as a gripping songwriter,” Penguin Eggs Magazine

John Reischman: “One of the true tone poets of American acoustic music…always placing the right note in the right place with the right tone and touch…throughout, Reischman’s full-throated mandolin never overplays or forces a point on the listener. The music is open, inviting, and engaging on multiple levels at once, telling musical stories without words like the birds in the tall pine trees or the waves upon the dark and rolling sea.” Acoustic Guitar Magazine.

The California Banjo Extravaganza is made possible in part through the support of:

Deering Banjos
Elderly Instruments
Peghead Nation
Homespun Tapes
EMG Pickups
Banjo Boy Coffee
Bill Evans
Bill Evans
“Bill Evans does for the five-string banjo what Van Gogh did for
color.” - Tom Franks, FolkWords

Bill Evans now calls New Mexico his home base but he’s proud of the 28 years spent as a San Francisco Bay Area-based banjo performer and teacher. He also promises to continue to return to the state to curate and host the California Banjo Extravaganza each November. Bill 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. These days, you’ll find Bill performing with flatpicking legend Dan Crary and with his solo show The Banjo In America. Over the last twenty years, he has shared the stage with David Bromberg, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Kathy Kallick , the Hard Road Trio, Alan Munde, Tony Trischka and Jody Stecher, among many others. His latest release is Songs That Are Mostly Older Than Us, recorded with the late Chattanooga, Tennessee fiddler Fletcher Bright and Americana icons Norman and Nancy Blake. Bill offers online lessons at, hosts the New Mexico Banjo Camp and teaches at many other bluegrass and banjo camps around the world.
Danny Barnes
Danny Barnes
Banjo player extraordinaire Danny Barnes is the 2015 recipient of the 6th annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Described as "one of a kind" and widely acknowledged as "one of the best banjo players in America," Barnes is recognized for his experimental sound. The raw and unpolished musical breadth of his compositions has propelled him across the industry today.

As a Texas native and one of bluegrass music's most distinctive and innovative performers, Barnes is known for blending together different sounds in order to defy labeling. His desire to pick up the banjo stemmed from a Grandpa Jones and Stringbean concert he attended as a child. Moved by the performance, Barnes was first inspired to learn how to play the banjo at age ten. He continued his musical endeavors at the University of Texas, where he focused his studies on audio production and discovered his passion for recording music.