Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, “the king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine), have a musical partnership like no other. Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. The two met at a square dance, began collaborating musically and eventually fell in love. Fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare eagerly anticipated that Fleck and Washburn would begin making music together as a duo. On stage, they will perform pieces from their Grammy-winning self-titled debut as well as their new record, Echo in the Valley. With one eye on using the banjo to showcase America’s rich heritage and the other pulling the noble instrument from its most familiar arena into new and unique realms, Fleck and Washburn meet in the mean, head-on, to present music that feels wildly innovative and familiar at the same time.
Regular General Admission: $42/Advance $50/Door
Gold Circle Section (1st 10 rows): $63/Advance $70/Door
(5% City of Santa Cruz Admission Tax included, service charge not included)
Show time: 7:30
Tickets: $42 Gen, $63 Gold Circle
Advance tickets: www.kuumbwajazz.org