Berkeley Bluegrass Festival - Darol Anger's Blur-Grass All-Stars, The Get Down Boys, The Page Turners with Bill Evans and Max Schwartz

Berkeley Bluegrass Festival - Darol Anger's Blur-Grass All-Stars, The Get Down Boys, The Page Turners with Bill Evans and Max Schwartz

The Get Down Boys, The Page Turners with Bill Evans and Max Schwartz, North Country Blue (on the Gallery Stage)

Sunday, May 20th

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

$30 ADV / $34 DOOR (plus fees)

 

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

Darol Anger's Blur-Grass All-Stars
Darol Anger's Blur-Grass All-Stars
Darol Anger's Blur-grass All-Stars
–John Jorgenson, Keith Little, Sharon Gilchrist, Joe K. Walsh–
Are showing up to play the Bluegrass Music.

It's a concatenation of some of the most brilliant Acoustic String Music stars, all of whom are excellent at standing out while blending. If they don't want you to notice them, you won't… but when the Chips are Down, the Pizza is Delivered with rockets and sirens.

Much like fondue; a great hot thick compost of taste, tying the room together but leading boldly from the center of the table.
And they will play Bluegrass with force, subtlety, and lovely touches of humor and grace.

3 of the most influential of the West Coast branch of Acoustic Music players:

Fiddler Anger, guitarist-multi-instrumental virtuoso John Jorgenson, and 5-string banjoist Keith Little, together for the first time, join two highly beloved musicians bassist/mandolinist Sharon Gilchrist and mandolinist Joe K. Walsh.

Darol is of course the legendary fiddler and co-instigator of The David Grisman Quintet, the Turtle Island String Quartet and Windham Hill's flagship, The Montreux Band. He played Bluegrass in the early 70's in the San Jose and Santa Cruz area before touring internationally, and is part of the 2nd wave of pickers to come up in Northern California's Bluegrass Scene, and studied with Byron Berline and Richard Greene.

Guitarist John Jorgenson's even-more-stellar ride began in Southern California, working with the original Southern California crew of Newgrass artists, the Desert Rose Band, featuring Chris Hillman. His subsequent collaborations with Earl Scruggs, Bonnie Raitt, Elton John, Luciano Pavarotti, Bob Dylan and many others have turned out rather well. Not to be content with Bluegrass and shedding Rock guitar (the Hellecasters), John has become “the US Ambassador of Gypsy Jazz” , and honors the legacy of Django by touring his unique brand of Gypsy Jazz internationally with the John Jorgenson Quintet.

Born in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California, banjo master Keith Little was first introduced to string band music by his father, and quickly mastered the guitar, 5-string banjo, mandolin, and fiddle. As a youngster, Keith worked with NorCal bluegrass legends Vern Williams & Ray Park. Throughout a forty plus year performing career, Keith has been a key member of Vern Williams Band, Rose Maddox, The Grant Street String Band, High Country, the Country Gentlemen, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Lonesome Standard Time, Peter Rowan, and the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience.

That's right - she IS from Texas! Sharon Gilchrist is equally formidable on mandolin and acoustic bass, and is now one of the most sought-after musicians in Northern California. Her work with Mary & Mars, Uncle Earl, The Republic Of Strings, Laurie Lewis, Scott Law, and on Darol's recent Bluegrass instrumental recording "E-and'a" makes her an essential ingredient for the Fondue.

Boston-based mandolinist Joe K. Walsh is known for his exceptional tone and melodic gift. His collaborations with acoustic music luminaries including Danny Barnes, Scott Nygaard, folk star Jonathan Edwards, and pop/grass darlings Joy Kills Sorrow have taken him all over the world. He’s played with John Scofield, Bela Fleck and Emmylou Harris, and performed everywhere from festivals to laundromats to Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. After award-winning years as mandolinist with the Gibson Brothers, Joe currently splits his time between Mr Sun (with Grant Gordy & Anger), and his own band.
The Get Down Boys
The Get Down Boys
The Get Down Boys have been a staple in the Southern California Bluegrass scene over the past six years. They have performed all over the country including appearances at Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Joe Val Festival, OGDEN, Grass Valley Bluegrass, The Grammy's P&E Events honoring T-Bone Burnett & Neil Young, The Hollywood Bowls Summer Sounds Series, The Porchlight Sessions Nashville Premier at the Franklin Theatre with Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers, FOX's Good Day LA, performances with Ed Helms, John C Reilly, John Mayer, Willie Watson, and has provided music for Comedy Central's Brickleberry.

With a recent major lineup change the band is fresh and ready for a new approach. The boys have just released an EP of original material and personal favorites with a new spin the band is known for. The group currently consists of Israel Parker on dobro, Mark Cassidy of The Hillbenders(Compass Records), Evan Winsor on bass, and Scott Gates on guitar. The boys are excited to be making music together and ready to make a mark on the national bluegrass scene.

The Page Turners with Bill Evans and Max Schwartz
The Page Turners with Bill Evans and Max Schwartz
Boston’s Berklee College of Music has helped shape the musical trajectory of many of today’s leading young players on the progressive acoustic scene, from Gillian Welch to Chris Pandolfi (The Infamous Stringdusters) & Molly Tuttle. Add to this list The Page Turners, who make their Freight debut in this Berkeley Bluegrass Festival appearance, augmented by Bay Area favorites Bill Evans (banjo) and Max Schwartz (bass). Stockton, CA native Carolyn Kendrick (fiddle, guitar) and Jake Howard (mandolin, guitar) combine awe-inspiring instrumental chops with incisive songwriting and stellar arrangements that blend traditionally-based authenticity with a fearless adventurousness. The duo are winners of the 2016 Freshgrass Best Duo award and have toured all across the United States from their home base of Austin, Texas. Joining the duo is author/teacher/performer Bill Evans, the Bay Area’s gift to the world of the five-string banjo, who hosts the annual California Banjo Extravaganza each year at the Freight, and composer/bassist/banjo player Max Schwartz, a veteran of Laurie Lewis’ band who has performed in the GRAMMY jazz combos and is currently attending the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.

For more on The Page Turners, visit: http://www.pageturnersmusic.com

For more on Bill Evans, visit: http://www.billevansbanjo.com

For more on Max Schwartz, visit: https://www.maxschwartzmusic.com
North Country Blue (on the Gallery Stage)
North Country Blue (on the Gallery Stage)
North Country Blue includes some of the best young bluegrass musicians in California – four young women whose ages range from just 12 to 14. All of the girls have been stalwarts in the California Bluegrass Association’s “Kids on Bluegrass” program and Youth Academy, and they have several years of prior band experience among them despite their young age. The band members come from all over Northern California – from Berkeley to the Sierra foothills to the Central Valley – and chose their name after it was dropped in their tip bucket as a suggestion at a street fair.