Billy Bright and Danny Barnes will play a fine acoustic concert Tuesday, June 25th, at 7:00 PM...
It is unusual for musicians that play at this level to consider a House Concert
perfomance. We are lucky to have them! Don't miss this rare chance to hear
them play acoustic and clean, without amplification.
Billy first introduced audiences to his unique brand of acoustic music in the late 1990’s while attending the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston. Soon after, Billy began touring extensively with Peter Rowan in Peter’s "Texas Trio", and later as a member of the Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet. His excellent acoustic reputation has drawn the likes of Vassar Clements, Tony Trischka, Peter Rowan, Tony Rice, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many others to record and perform with him.
“A good song has a way of speaking to everybody” Danny Barnes says. “I have faith that more people are going to hear my songs, which is really what I have to offer. I’m not one of those virtuoso instrumentalists, I can’t compete with those guys, but the one thing I can do is write really good songs.”
Part Southern gentleman, part humble artist, Barnes is being more than a bit
self-effacing with this statement. Widely regarded as one of the most innovative
and genre-bending artists of his craft, Barnes' musical interests are both
varied and adventurous, and he incorporates that versatility into a progressive
approach to an instrument that is musically polarizing and steeped in tradition.
Although he demonstrates an appreciation for the history of the bluegrass, country,
and folk music from which the banjo's reputation was born, his inventive take is
what truly separates him from his contemporaries…using the banjo as his ‘weapon of
choice’ to play non-traditional music like rock, fusion, and jazz with electronic
percussion and loop elements.
He has come to redefine the banjo’s perceived image in an eclectic career for which
genre definitions have merely been a polite suggestion. From his early days as the
driving force behind the impressive Austin-based Bad Livers, a band of pioneering
Americana missionaries, through a prolific solo career and the development of his
trademark 'folkTronics' project, a startling approach that incorporates digital
technology and various effect pedals to stretch the tonal range of the instrument,
Barnes has always listened to his proudly offbeat inner voice.
His skills as an instrumentalist and his open embrace and infectious love of music
for music’s sake, have brought him to share the stage and record with a wide array
of marquee artists that reads like a who’s who among broad musical landscapes,
ranging from bluegrass greats Bela Fleck, Del McCoury, and Sam Bush, newgrass stars
Yonder Mountain String band, to Americana artists Robert Earl Keen, Lyle Lovett,
and Nickel Creek, to Jam friendly Gov’t Mule, Leftover Salmon, and Keller Williams,
to jazz and blues instrumentalists Bill Frisell, Chuck Leavell, and John Popper, to
members of the punk and metal Butthole Surfers, Dead Kennedys, and Ministry.
Billy Bright MySpace
Danny Barnes Website
Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$15 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!