OCA is pleased to host flatpicking pioneer Dan Crary, banjo legend Bill Evans, and SoCal acoustic favorite Wally Barnick as they come together for the first time to perform cutting edge bluegrass, folk, and Americana music.
Dan Crary is a pioneer of flatpicking guitar solos in a bluegrass band, right up there with Doc Watson, Clarence White and Norman Blake . A founding member of the Bluegrass Alliance, and the “newgrass” approach, his 20+ year collaboration with Byron Berline and John Hickman (Sundance & California) earned him numerous awards and accolades. A veteran of tours in more than thirty countries, Dan’s a stylist with an international reputation for taste and brilliance. Dancrary.com
Bill Evans is an internationally loved five-string banjo life force. Whether he’s lending his instrumental chops to a blazing fiddle tune or performing one of his original compositions, Bill is one of contemporary banjo’s treasures. He’s at home with traditional and contemporary bluegrass as well as branching out on the farthest musical limbs that Dan and Wally can take him. Billeveansbanjo.com
Wally Barnick (bass & vocals) is at home singing and playing everything from folk and bluegrass to country and even rock and roll. Wally has performed with many familiar Americana and bluegrass groups such as Cache Valley Drifters, Bluegrass, Etc., and The Hay Dudes. His warm vocals and engaging stage presence are a perfect complement to Dan and Bill’s instrumental fireworks. Wallybarnickmusic.com
A Crary, Evans & Barnick show includes new songs and old stories, blazing instrumental artistry, and deep-down, powerfully-felt musical moments. It’s whistling winds in the pines, rambling boys and tragic girls, joys and laughter from old times, furious and foot-tapping instrumental tunes, and a little touch of glory-to-God. And it’s the hovering ghosts of Jimmie Rogers and The Carter Family and Bill and Lester and Earl and Woody and all the greats who showed the way.
Don’t miss the Americana Masters at OCA’s acoustic ‘sweet spot’ on a Sunday afternoon: Come on down! $25 Advance/$30 at the door.
Fine refreshments including wine and beer for sale. Wheelchair Accessible. Art Gallery open. www.occidentalcenterforthearts.org. 707-874-9392