Bela Fleck’s N.Y. Banjo Summit at Paramount Theater
The Paramount Theatre will present Bela Fleck’s N.Y. Banjo Summit, featuring Bela Fleck, Bill Keith, Eric Weissberg, Noam Pikelny, Richie Stearns, Tony Trischka and special guest Abigail Washburn, Wednesday, October 9, at 8 p.m.
Richie Stearns of Ithaca, N.Y. brought the old-time clawhammer banjo style to a whole new audience with the jam bands Donna The Buffalo and The Horseflies, and has accompanied artists such as Natalie Merchant, Jim Lauderdale and the late Vassar Clements.
Noam Pikelny, a Brooklyn resident, played in Leftover Salmon and the John Cowan Band before joining the Punch Brothers in 2006. The recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass in 2010, he has recorded two albums as leader of the Noam Pikelny Band.
Abigail Washburn, a singer, songwriter and Nashville-based clawhammer banjo player fresh from touring with husband and musical partner Fleck, joins the N.Y. Banjo Summit as a special guest. Washburn combines her love of American and Chinese folk in her work with Fleck, cellist Ben Sollee and fiddler Casey Driessen in the Sparrow Quartet. She played in the Clearwater Concert celebration of Pete Seeger’s 90th birthday, and has opened for Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers.
Accompanyists are guitarist Russ Barenberg of the Barenberg, Douglas and Meyer band; fiddler Casey Driessen; mandolinist Jesse Cobb of the Infamous Stringdusters and bassist Corey DiMario of Crooked Still.
The Paramount Theatre, 30 Center Street, Rutland, Vt., is currently in its 13th season of bringing live entertainment to central Vermont. The Box Office 802-775-0903 is open Thursday and Friday 11 to 6, Saturday 10 to 2, and from noon through curtain time on show days. Tickets can also be purchased online at paramountlive.org.