Tracing the banjo from its West African roots to the New World, Bill Evans performs musical examples from the 1700s to the present day on a variety of vintage instruments, ranging from an African ekonting to a mid 19th-century minstrel banjo, a modern bluegrass banjo, and even an electric banjo. From an 18th-century African dance tune to the music of the Civil War, and from early 20th-century ragtime to more recent folk and bluegrass banjo styles, and to his own incredible original music, Evans’ performances illuminate as well as entertain, exposing audiences to more than 200 years of American music.
Musician; Banjo Historian
Bill Evans specializes in American music history and the music of Japan. He has been a scholar and artist-in-residence at many universities across the US. In addition, he has served as a consultant to the National Endowment for the Arts and is the former associate director of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky. He is the author of Banjo for Dummies, the most popular banjo book in the world. Over a thirtyfive- year performing career, Evans has performed with acoustic luminaries David Grisman, Peter Rowan, and Dry Branch Fire Squad, among many others. His 2012 album, In Good Company, features more than twentysix musicians, including the Infamous Stringdusters, Tim O’Brien, and Joy Kills Sorrow.
Free and open to public