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Club Nokia at LA Live
800 West Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90015
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7 reviews
166 stars
attended May 11 2009

This was a pretty amazing evening. The music was wonderful... well, I think so, at any rate. I don't claim to be a huge bluegrass expert or anything, but I was definitely completely enthralled by Martin, the Steep Canyon Rangers, and the...continued

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8 reviews
1 stars
attended May 11 2009

The event was absolutely fantastic! Steve Martin and Dave Barry are two of my all-time favorite comedians, and the music was surprisingly toe-tapping, banjo-rockin' good. So good I walked away with 2 CDs when I've never appreciated Bluegrass in...continued

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101 reviews
59 stars
attended May 11 2009

This was an enjoyable evening of mostly traditional blue-grass music with Steve Martin on the banjo. The concert was preceeded by a very funny interview of Steve Martin by Dave Barry, which included a history of the banjo. I didn't know that the...continued

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Steve Martin fans already know the comedian/actor/author’s history with the banjo. Any one who caught one of Martin’s early appearances on TV during the ‘70s is sure to remember the image of the comedian wearing bunny ears or an arrow-through-the-head novelty gag while playing the instrument.

Martin’s banjo playing kind of took a backseat during years of movies, books and more movies. That is, until he played second banjo on Earl Scruggs’ Grammy-winning recording of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” in 2001, holding his own against country stars like Vince Gill and Marty Stuart.

Martin will perform songs from his hit bluegrass album, The Crow: New Songs For The Five-String Banjo. Playing with Martin will be the Steep Canyon Rangers as well as the CD’s producer, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder John McEuen.

“I am very excited to raise money for the Los Angeles Public Library and plan to try to keep it all,” Martin said.

But that’s only half of the show. Humor author Dave Barry, the inspiration for‘90s CBS sitcom “Dave’s World,” also appears. Barry is a musician in his own right and plays bass for the literary music group known as the Rock Bottom Remainders.

“In today’s economy, we need to support our public libraries. And when you say ‘public library,’ the phrase that immediately comes to mind is ‘banjo music,’” Barry said. “So I’m really looking forward to asking Steve Martin probing questions about his new album, such as: ‘WHY?’”