• California Banjo Extravaganza - The Palms in Winters

    The 7th Annual California Banjo Extravaganza
    Featuring Ned Luberecki, Chris Coole & Bill Evans
    With John Reischman, Chad Manning, Jim Nunally & Sharon Gilchrist
    An All-Star Banjo & Bluegrass Event!

    Each November, San Francisco Bay Area banjo player Bill Evans brings together some of the best banjo players in the world for a series of incredible concerts across northern California. This year’s celebration features 2018 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year nominee Ned Luberecki, Canada’s old-time banjo master Chris Coole and, of course, California favorite Bill Evans. Joining this trio of banjo greats is their All-Star band, this year featuring John Reischman (mandolin), Chad Manning (fiddle), Jim Nunally (guitar) & Sharon Gilchrist (bass) for an evening of bluegrass, old-time, and beyond, celebrating the many different ways music is made today on the five-string banjo.

    About the musicians:

    2018 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year nominee Ned Luberecki tours nationally with the award-winning Becky Buller Band and he also hosts Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Derailed and More Banjo Sunday. Respected as both a traditional and progressive player, Ned toured extensively in the United States and Europe as a member of Chris Jones and the Night Drivers for over a decade before joining the Becky Buller Band. He’s also been a member of Paul Adkins and the Borderline Band, the Rarely Herd, and Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, and has appeared with such artists as Jim Lauderdale, Tony Trischka, and Ray Stevens.

    Chris Coole is one of most profound clawhammer banjo players and old-time songwriters in the world today. This Canadian musician currently tours with his innovative trio The Lonesome Ace Stringband, and he has also performed with The Foggy Hogtown Boys, Erynn Marshall, & Ivan Rosenberg. He is known for his inspiring interpretations of Southern old-time music, as well as his outstanding original songs and instrumentals. As a collaborator or sideman, he has played on over 200 recordings. fRoots Magazine called Chris’ 2016 album “The Tumbling River” “unassumingly excellent old-time country music.” He has just released a brand-new recording, “The Road To The River: A Collection of Tunes and Songs Inspired by the Fishing Passion”.

    San Francisco Bay Area musician Bill Evans curates the California Banjo Extravaganza each year. Bill has spent a lifetime bringing together folks who love and play the five-string banjo. His books Bluegrass Banjo For Dummies and Banjo For Dummies are among the most popular music instruction books in the world. These days, you’ll find Bill performing with his solo show The Banjo in America and with flatpicking legend Dan Crary and bass player Wally Barnick. Over the last fifteen years, he has performed with David Bromberg, David Grisman, Peter Rowan, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Dry Branch Fire Squad, J. D. Crowe, Kathy Kallick, Claire Lynch and Jody Stecher, among many others. His latest release is “Songs That Are Mostly Older Than Us,” recorded with the late Chattanooga, Tennessee fiddler Fletcher Bright and Norman and Nancy Blake.

    John Reischman is one of the premier mandolinists of his generation: an understated visionary whose music is virtuosic without ever being flashy, and who is renowned for his impeccable taste and tone. A Juno-nominated and Grammy-winning artist, John is a founding member of California’s Good Old Persons, and is also celebrated for his work with the Tony Rice Unit as well as leading his own band John Reischman & The Jaybirds.

    Guitarist Jim Nunally‘s main focus these days is singing and songwriting with the Nell & Jim Band, but he is also renowned as the guitarist with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience. A fixture on the SF Bay Area bluegrass scene for many years, he played for over 16 years with John Reischman & The Jaybirds and currently with Bangers & Grass, with Bill Evans and Chad Manning. Jim is simply one of the best guitarists in the world, renowned for his driving and precise rhythm and leads. He is the recipient of two Grammy Award certifications and two International Bluegrass Music Association awards.

    Chad Manning is flat-out one of the best fiddlers in the world. These days, Chad along with his wife Catherine, teaches hundreds of folks out of the Manning Music studio in Berkeley. In addition, Chad performs with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, the David Grisman Sextet and Bangers & Grass. Along with John, Bill and Sharon, Chad also teaches online via Peghead Nation (www.pegheadnation.com).

    Sharon Gilchrist (bass) performs regularly with John Reischman and guitarist Scott Nygaard, in addition playing with Scott Law and the Bay Area-based band The Flatliners, which includes Keith Little and Avram Siegel. She is also known for her work with Peter Rowan & Tony Rice and the old-time band Uncle Earl. In addition to being a renowned bass player, Sharon is an outstanding mandolin player who also offers online lessons at www.pegheadnation.com


    The Palms Playhouse is your oasis for folk, blues, bluegrass, country, rock, Americana, jazz and more. For over 40 years, we have hosted national touring bands and regional stars in a casual, intimate setting where you are never far from the stage. Come join us for a great night of live music.

    We are located in downtown Winters, on the second floor of the Winters Opera House, between The Scoop frozen yogurt shop and Cloth Carousel. We generally host live music Thursday-Saturday evenings, with occasional shows on other nights of the week.

    Our bar has a rotating menu of local craft beers and wines, sodas, tea and coffee, and light snacks.

    Friday, November 9, 2018 at 8:00pm

    Palm's Playhouse
    13 Main Street, Winters, CA 95694

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    Cities, Winters






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