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The 3rd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza Nov 13

Bill Evans, Tony Furtado and Mark Johnson We're one week out from the 3rd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza with Tony Furtado, Mark Johnson, Bill Evans and their All-Star Band w/John Reischman, Chad Manning, Sharon Gilchrist and Jim Nunally. Four shows in Grass Valley (11/13), Winters (11/14), Berkeley (11/15) and Felton (11/16) with a Banjo Mini-Camp and Mandolin workshop in Berkeley on 11/15 in the afternoon. This is the banjo event of the year in Northern California.

Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass to Mark Johnson

Mark JohnsonBy: Carolina Bridges
Mark Johnson, the Father of “Clawgrass” is the 2012 winner of the Steve Martin Award for Banjo Excellence. The letter from the selection committee states he received the award for his “contribution to banjo artistry, innovation and popularization” of the 5-string banjo. The committee members are J.D. Crowe, Pete Wernick, Tony Trischka, Alison Brown, Neil V. Rosenberg, Bela Fleck, Steve Martin, and Anne Stringfield.

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