w/ Jim Nunally, Keith Little, Chad Manning & Sam Grisman
The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience (1/7/18)
Danny Barnes, Crying Uncle
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA, 94704
Doors 6:00 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is all ages
The David Grisman Bluegrass Experience
All Music Guide hails the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience as, “Bluegrass as Bill Monroe intended it: standard instrumentation and song structures, high harmonies, and breakneck breakdowns.” Grisman returns to his bluegrass roots with his usual all-star lineup – Keith Little on banjo, Jim Nunally on guitar, Chad Manning on fiddle, and Sam Grisman on bass. They cover the classics – Carter Family, Stanley Brothers, Flatt & Scruggs, Charlie Poole – as well as the occasional dazzling original, like “Dawggy Mountain Breakdown.”
Banjo player extraordinaire Danny Barnes is the 2015 recipient of the 6th annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Described as "one of a kind" and widely acknowledged as "one of the best banjo players in America," Barnes is recognized for his experimental sound. The raw and unpolished musical breadth of his compositions has propelled him across the industry today.
As a Texas native and one of bluegrass music's most distinctive and innovative performers, Barnes is known for blending together different sounds in order to defy labeling. His desire to pick up the banjo stemmed from a Grandpa Jones and Stringbean concert he attended as a child. Moved by the performance, Barnes was first inspired to learn how to play the banjo at age ten. He continued his musical endeavors at the University of Texas, where he focused his studies on audio production and discovered his passion for recording music.
In 1990, Barnes founded the progressive bluegrass band Bad Livers. The group's 1992 debut album, Delusions of Banjer garnered attention within the alternative rock and country music scene— putting them ahead of their time. Today, Bad Livers is credited with pioneering the way for the current crossover of Americana in notable bands such as Mumford and Sons and the Lumineers. Barnes began his solo career in 1998 and launched his own private record label, Minner Bucket Records, which focuses on cassette-only releases. In 2010, Barnes released the genre-defying album Pizza Box. Barnes followed that album with 2011's Rocket, issued on ATO. It was produced by John Alagia, and features all-star drummer Matt Chamberlain and keyboardist/bassist Zac Rae.
Barnes frequently plays with artists such as guitarist Bill Frisell, Dave Matthews, and keyboardist Wayne Horvitz and has composed the scores to Richard Linklater's The Newton Boys and (with Frisell) the documentary American Hollow.
More recently, Barnes formed the band Test Apes with Ministry's Max Brody, further experimenting with his desire to create new sounds in music. Barnes' skill in audio production encouraged him to create an innovative computer program with MaxMSP and a banjo— pulling bluegrass, noise, rock, and electronic music together. The sound created from this exploration is dubbed "Barnyard Electronics" and allows Barnes to perform as a solo artist, while sounding like he is accompanied by a band.
Crying Uncle was founded by Quale brothers Miles (age 14, on fiddle and vocals) and Teo (age 11, on mandolin and vocals). The brothers, who are state fiddle and mandolin champions and national runners-up in fiddle have been featured on KQED ’s The California Report and have toured with sibling music duo and mentors, Tashina and Tristan Clarridge. They've performed on stage with bluegrass bands Sideline and Special Consensus and renowned guitarist George Cole; and with their former band, Rambling Minors, opened for fiddler Michael Cleveland.
Originally, Crying Uncle invited guest musicians to collaborate with them. Now, Crying Uncle BG Band has realized the band members' expansive take on bluegrass music. CUBG includes:
Andrew Osborn (age 15, on bass and vocals) and John Gooding (age 16, on guitar and vocals). Known for his rock-solid rhythm and fiery bass solos, Andrew began studying music at age 4 and
at age 11, fell in love with the string bass. He has had guest appearances with a number of Bay Area bluegrass bands and is a regular member of the band, Festival Speed.
John’s only 16 but you’d never guess that from his superb flatpicking guitar work. John has been playing bluegrass
for many years with his two brothers and dad, and was selected to represent the California Bluegrass Association at the prestigious IBMA conference in 2014, 2015 and 2017. He was CBA's Teen Ambassador in 2016 and 2017. He regularly performs with his other band, The Blue J's.
CUBG has opened for prestigious bands such as The Del McCoury Band and David Grisman Bluegrass Experience . As members of other bands and individually, they have played at venues such as IBMA ’s World of Bluegrass Festival, CBA’s Father's Day Bluegrass Festival and the Freight & Salvage.
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