Banjo Ext.

The 1st Annual California Banjo Extravanganza Tour, November 16 - 18

World-class banjo pickers Bill Keith, Alan Munde & Bill Evans will team up to play a three- concert tour of Northern California. Joining Keith, Munde & Evans will be an all-star band consisting of mandolinist John Reischman (The Good Ol’ Persons, John Reischman & The Jaybirds), guitarist Jim Nunally (The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience), fiddler Chad Manning (Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands), & bassist Sharon Gilchrist (Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Band, Uncle Earl, the Kathy Kallick Band). Expect everything from traditional sounds to the leading edge of three-finger bluegrass playing in the banjo event of the year! In addition to the concerts Bill Keith, Alan Munde, & Bill Evans will conduct a banjo mini-camp, & John Reischman will conduct a mandolin workshop on the afternoon of November 17 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley.

CONCERTS Friday, November 16, 800 PM, Winters, CA, The Palms Playhouse, 13 Main Street, tickets
$22. Info at 530-795-1825 or

Saturday, November 17, 800 PM, Berkeley, CA, Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison St, downtown Berkeley, tickets $26.50 in advance / $28.50 door. Visit for more info.

Sunday, November 18, 700 PM, Felton, CA (Santa Cruz Mountains), Don Quixote's International Music Hall, 6275 Highway 9, tickets $15 advance / $18 door. Info at 831-603-2294 or

Bill Keith is the inventor of the melodic style of three-finger banjo playing, which he introduced to the public as a member of Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in the 1960’s. Subsequent career credits include membership in the Jim Kweskin Jug Band (with Maria Muldaur), Muleskinner (with David Grisman, Peter Rowan & Richard Greene), Music from Mud Acres and recordings with Tony Trischka and Bela Fleck. His playing has influenced all subsequent bluegrass banjo players, & this concert is his first appearance in the Bay Area in many years.

Alan Munde began his long career in bluegrass music with the 1968 recording of "Poor Richard's Almanac" featuring Sam Bush & Wayne Stewart, followed by a traditional grounding in bluegrass music as a member of Jimmy Martin & the Sunny Mountain Boys. In 1972 Alan joined his college picking friend Byron Berline in the forward-leaning bluegrass group Country Gazette. Alan continued as the anchor of the group for 21 years. Along the way, he recorded many highly regarded albums including Banjo Sandwich & the Festival Favorites series. His playing covers all bases, from hard-driving bluegrass to melodic-style fiddle tunes & jazz- flavored compositions.

Bill Evans is a banjo life force: celebrated as a performer, teacher, writer, & composer. His book Banjo For Dummies is the best selling banjo instructional book in the world, & his new CD In Good Company, featuring 26 guest musicians, is currently topping both folk & bluegrass charts internationally. Bill has performed with Dry Branch Fire Squad, The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Peter Rowan, Tony Trischka, & Jody Stecher as well as being part of the Bay Area bands Bluegrass Intentions & Due West. Along with Jim Nunally and Chad Manning, he is part of Bangers & Grass, the bluegrass artists-in-residence at the Kensington Circus Pub.

BANJO MINI-CAMP & MANDOLIN WORKSHOP Both of these events will be at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse, 2020 Addison Street in
downtown Berkeley on the afternoon of Saturday, November 17.

Bluegrass Banjo Mini-Camp with Bill Keith, Alan Munde, & Bill Evans, 100 - 500 PM, $90.
Mini-camp consists of three one hour sessions with workshop topics geared for all levels of players. While participants can choose any workshop topic, the instructors will present each topic for the student level indicated. $90 registration fee includes all workshop sessions; you choose the topic & the teacher!

100 - 200 PM: Getting Started With Rolls, Chords & Melodies with Alan Munde (beginner); Up The Neck Scruggs Essentials: Leads & Back Up with Bill Evans (intermediate); Developing Melodic Banjo with Bill Keith (advanced).
200 - 300 PM: Bluegrass Banjo Phonetics: Rolls, Creating Solos & Backup with Alan Munde (beginner to intermediate); Surviving A Jam: Playing in Different Keys With & Without a Capo with Bill Evans (intermediate); From Scales & Modes to Licks & Breaks with Bill Keith (intermediate to advanced).

300 - 400 PM: Make it Drive: Using The Forward Roll in Leads & Back-up with Bill Evans (beginner to intermediate); Fret Board Strategies: How Do I Know Where To Put My Fingers? (learn the names of the notes on the fret board, & identify and use diatonic chords in slow song solos & backup, intermediate to advanced) with Alan Munde; From Bluegrass to Western Swing: A New Slant on Chord Progressions with Bill Keith (advanced).
415 - 500 PM: Grand Finale with Bill, Alan & Bill and all students: Q & A, playing requests & a concert preview.

Note: Pre-registration is strongly recommended for this event. For advance registration, visit, & click on Workshops & Classes. Those choosing to register on the day of the event should arrive by 1215 PM. Questions? Email Bill Evans at
John Reischman Mandolin workshop: Double Stops and Moveable Position Playing for Mandolin, 200 - 400 PM, $45.

In this workshop we’ll learn double stop voicings that work well in Bluegrass music & apply them to vocal songs, such as Long Journey Home, and instrumentals like Bluegrass Breakdown. We will also use these double stops as left hand positions for transposing to other keys & a base for playing single note solos. Techniques such as slides, hammer-ons, & arpeggios will also be explored. For advance registration, visit, & click on Workshops & Classes.
Posted By:  Rick Cornish

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