I spoke yesterday with California banjo player Bill Evans as he was driving north from the Bay Area to do shows this weekend in Washington and Oregon. Both tonight (6/1) in Seattle, and Saturday in Bend, will find him doing his Banjo In America program, which began as a scholarly look at the history of our beloved five string, but has morphed over the years into more of a fun evening with banjos of every shape, sort and size.
Tonight’s concert is being held at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle, and the show will be streamed live online and recorded for a live DVD to be released later this year. Both will offer a high definition, 3 camera shoot, with a pro audio engineer at the helm.
Bill said that he is stoked about the live stream and DVD shoot, but is anticipating tonight for another reason as well.
“My daughter Corey, who is studying in Seattle, will be joining me on stage. She’ll play African drums (hands and brushes), and a cymbal. It’s very cool, and puts the various banjo music into a different space stylistically. She’s really good, and I just love playing with her.”
Tickets to watch the live stream are $4.99. More details can be found online.
Bill is also expecting to see his new music video released in the next few days. It was shot for The Distance Between Two Points, the opening track of his new CD, In Good Company. We will post the video as soon as it is available.