John McEuen and the Circle Band

John McEuen and the Circle Band

Thursday, March 22nd

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

$30 ADV / $34 DOOR (plus fees)

All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.

John McEuen
John McEuen
John McEuen has assembled a unique cast of Americana string wizards for a special night to share the music and memories of the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken platinum album and his career with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. His multi-media show with archival photographs, film, Circle session photos (and archival 8mm footage) narrative and music of early NGDB takes us on his incredible 50-year journey - interwoven with radio favorites, hot bluegrass, rare early NGDB music.


John McEuen banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, vocals
Les Thompson (also an original member) bass/vocals
Matt Cartsonis guitar/mandola great singer
John Cable (a previous NGDB member) guitar/vocals


A unique part of the show covers the historic 1977 Russia trip, and what happened behind the Iron Curtain to the first American band to tour there. The cast, all stellar musicians in their own right, includes:

Les Thompson bass/vocals/bouzouki an NGDB founding member

John Cable guitar/mandolin/vocals also toured Russia with NGDB

Matt Cartsonis vocals/mandola/guitar 25 year music partner with John

When John initiated the recording of Will the Circle Be Unbroken*, the icons of Bluegrass, Country, and West coast country rock convened: Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Roy Acuff, Vassar Clements, and Maybelle
Carter. Six August 1971 days produced the benchmark record still relevant today (Amazon top-seller still!).

All join host John McEuen, with his banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin, as they share (in front of the screen) hits and stories behind the music, leading up to this magic time when three generations came together. The Library of Congress inducted the multi-platinum ‘Circle’ as one of the most important American
recordings (it’s also in the Grammy Hall of Fame).

The evening’s journey leads to classic favorites and music from McEuen’s new highly praised record - Made in Brooklyn - on Chesky Records. (Stereophile Magazine’s Record of the Month). The audience will see the entire span of John McEuen’s years in music and be taken back through some of the best years of
their lives.


“One of the most important records to come out of Nashville...” Chet Flippo Rolling Stone
BOOK TALK: John McEuen's The Life I've Picked: A Banjo Player's Nitty Gritty Journey
Join Eastwind Books of Berkeley for book talk with special guest John McEuen.

Musician and author John McEuen will talk about his life in music and his new book, The Life I've Picked: A Banjo Player's Nitty Gritty Journey on Tuesday, March 20 at 6:30pm. Free, RSVP Encouraged.