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The Novo by Microsoft
Formerly Club Nokia at LA Live 800 West Olympic Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90015
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 56 members
Review from Mark Marcus
Red Velvet 374 events 113 reviews

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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Review from Jane
Red Velvet 74 events 10 reviews

Steve & the band were outstanding. Nokia doesn't have their act together.

reviewed May 11 2009 report as inappropriate
Review from Nicole C.
76 events 28 reviews

a lot of fun. steve's a heckuva player!

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Review from Mary
32 events 16 reviews

Sorry, I thought it was VERY boring. Steve's attempts at casual bantering and light sarcasm fell far flat.. like he was relying on star appeal and we'd all be thrilled to be in the same room with him rather than bothering to actually relate or...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?’”

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