North Little Rock Events

Argenta Acoustic Music Series: Bill Evans
August 16, 2018
7:30 pm

Bill Evans is an internationally recognized five-string banjo life force. As a performer, teacher, writer and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and banjo students from all over the world in a music career that now spans over thirty-five years.

Bill’s banjo artistry is best experienced in live performance and on his recordings Fine Times At Fletcher’s House with Fletcher Bright (2013), In Good Company (2012), let’s do something with Megan Lynch (2009), Bill Evans Plays Banjo (2001) and Native and Fine (1995). Bill successfully bridges traditional and contemporary sounds and playing techniques, creating a new music that is firmly within the bluegrass tradition but draws upon a broad knowledge of classical, jazz and world music, drawing upon his experiences as a graduate student in Music at the University of California, Berkeley and as the associate director of the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

Bill is also an expert player of mid-19th century minstrel banjo and late 19th and early 20th century classic banjo styles, authentically performing these styles on historical instruments. He brings all of these diverse musical performing interests together in his solo concert The Banjo in America.

In the last two years, Bill has toured throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Germany and toured Russia for the U. S. State Department. Recent appearances include A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor and performances with the San Francisco Symphony. From festival to folk society stages, to universities and performing arts centers, The Banjo in America has earned standing with a dazzling display of banjo artistry of unparalleled historical depth geared towards entertaining general audiences.

Each November, Bill showcases the California Banjo Extravaganza, featuring nationally recognized five-string banjo players (such as Tony Trischka, Sammy Shelor, Alan Munde, Bill Keith, Tony Furtado and Mark Johnson) performing with an All-Star backup band of John Reischman (mandolin), Chad Manning (fiddle), Jim Nunally (guitar) and Sharon Gilchrist (bass) in sold out performances throughout northern California.

Since the 1980’s, Bill has also been at the center of the progressive bluegrass/new acoustic music movement, beginning with his Charlottesville, Virginia-based band Cloud Valley, featuring bassist Missy Raines and mandolin virtuoso Steve Smith. Overall, in over three decades of appearances, Bill has appeared with David Bromberg, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, J. D. Crowe, Hazel Dickens and Alice Gerrard, The Contribution (featuring members of String Cheese Incident, Railroad Earth and New Monsoon), James Nash, Tony Trischka, the DePue Brothers Band, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Mike Seeger, Jim Hurst, Laurie Lewis, Don Rigsby, Kathy Kallick, Scott Law, Molly Tuttle, Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellies, Melody Walker & Jacob Groopman and many others.

For more information, visit Bill Evans’ website.and of and love for folk and blues string music. For Flower, it’s never about re-creation. Her dedication to the art form is a vital contribution to America’s music.

The Joint Theater & Coffeehouse
301 Main St., North Little Rock
Go Back »