Steve Martin's Big Bad Banjo and Conversation with Dave Barry
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Apart from the show starting half an hour late due to "ticketing issues" that I'm still not sure if it was Club Nokia's or the Library Foundation's fault, the show itself was outstanding. Funny, loose (really just like a jam session with friends) and very intimate feeling even in a 2300 seat theater. The music was the best part, Martin really proves he is a banjo virtuoso and a very good composer as well. Dave Barry is always good for a laugh or two and even joined Steve, the Steep Canyon Rangers and John McEuen for the encore of "Foggy Mountain Breakdown". Great!
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?’”