Banjo love: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn play Grand Junction’s Avalon Theatre
WHAT: Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn
WHERE: Historic Avalon Theatre, downtown Grand Junction
WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 17; doors open at 7 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m.
COST: $20, $30, $35
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn will perform at downtown Grand Junction’s Historic Avalon Theatre on Saturday, Jan. 17. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Seating is reserved: tickets for the upper mezzanine cost $20; tickets for the lower mezzanine, and rows 19-21 in the orchestra section cost $30; and tickets for the rest of the floor, including rows A & B cost $35.
“I have played in Grand Junction several times, going all the way back to New Grass Revival days in the 1980s,” Fleck said in a recent email interview. “That’s when my many Colorado experiences began. And I’ve been going to Telluride every summer to perform for over 30 years now.
“I loved my last visit, and look forward to getting back.”
According to Sandstone Concerts, Fleck is a 15-time Grammy winner who often plays with a band, The Flecktones, a “jazz-fusion ensemble” with plenty of bluegrass roots. More recently he’s participated in “a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments, from writing a concerto for the Nashville Symphony to exploring the banjo’s African roots to jazz duos with Chick Corea,” and he’s produced a variety of solo albums.
Now Fleck is touring with his wife, Abigail Washburn, a well-known folk/indie singer/musician in her own right. Together the banjo-loving duo will perform a variety of original works.
“It’s actually quite unusual to have a group with two banjos in it, playing in different styles,” Fleck explained. “Abby plays in the old time claw-hammer style, and I’m a three finger man. The songs are built from our combining the different ways we can ripple and cascade together. And we use a bunch of different types of banjos to provide variety.”
The musical couple enjoys working together as well, and they’ve collaborated in the past.
“We were advised by friends not to play together, but we knew it would be cool,” Fleck said. “There are certainly plenty of couples we know who we wouldn’t advise to go into business together, but some do very well together.”
Tickets are currently on sale at City Markets, Triple Play Records and Back Porch Music. Call 970-243-TIXS or by tickets online at TicketsWest.
For more information about Fleck and Washburn, visit http://www.abigailwashburn.com/#/belaandabigail.
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