Banjo at its best
Storrs - posted Sep, 20 2013
STORRS- Seven of the world’s greatest five-string banjo players will stop Saturday, Oct. 12, at Jorgensen Center on the UConn campus to hold a “New York Banjo Summit” that ranges from solos and duets to full-tilt banjo blowouts. These experts have united for a limited East Coast tour to perform with an acoustic band in conventional and unexpected ways and covering the traditional bluegrass and old-time country to the more progressive jazz, classical and rock genres. The show starts at 8 p.m. Banjo master Béla Fleck will be joined on stage by fellow pickers – all with ties to New York State – Tony Trischka, Bill Keith, Richie Stearns, Eric Weissberg and Noam Pikelny, plus special guest Abigail Washburn. Accompanying the banjo greats will be guitarist Russ Barenberg (of the Barenberg, Douglas & Meyer band); fiddler Casey Driessen (Sparrow Quartet, Jerry Douglas); mandolinist Jesse Cobb (of the Infamous Stringdusters), and bassist Corey DiMario (of Crooked Still). This performance is sponsored by New England Public Radio (WFCR). Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts is located at 2132 Hillside Road on the UConn campus in Storrs. Ticket prices are $40, $36 and $33, with some discounts. For tickets and information, call the Box Office at 860-486-4226, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m., or order online at jorgensen.uconn.edu. Convenient, free parking is available across the street in the North Garage.