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Saturday, October 18th at 3:00pm
Banjo Series: Mark Johnson & Emory Lester Banjo Series: Mark Johnson & Emory LesterWhen: Saturday, October 18, 2014Time: 7:00 PMGeneral Seating:$22 - Purchase OnlinePremium Seating:$28 - Purchase OnlineReservation Line:(760) 304-5844Guest(s):Mark Johnson (banjo), Emory Lester (mandolin)Event Notes:Museum Members receive a 10% discount on tickets! DescriptionMark Johnson revolutionized "Clawgrass," the art of adapting clawhammer banjo techniques to bluegrass. He is joined by mandolin virtuoso Emory Lester for a concert you won't soon forget.This event is part of a series of concerts in conjunction with the Museum's special exhibition, "The Banjo: A New Day for an Old Instrument." Mark Johnson, banjoMark Johnson hangs his hat in Florida but learned his trade from Jay Unger while living in New York. Mark didn't know that Jay was a highly accomplished fiddler who also tinkered with the clawhammer style of banjo. It was in the early 1970s, that Mark learned from this consummate fiddler the basic technique of clawhammer banjo. He also learned the three-finger style of bluegrass picking as his familiarity with the instrument unfolded.Mark moved to Crystal River in Florida in 1981 where, per chance, he met the Rice brothers, Larry, Tony, Ronnie and Wyatt. Mark was working at the local power utility with Herb Rice, Larry and Ronnie and through that relationship, his manner for style and creativity in composition and performance was forever changed.Mark's unique style doesn't really fit into a strict category. It's very bluegrass but has overtones of traditional folk, progressive acoustic, new-grass and old-timey all mixed into one. It's authentic. It's unique. It's Clawgrass. Emory Lester, mandolinEmory Lester is one of this day's foremost exponents of the acoustic mandolin. The power and attack of his mandolin playing are unmatched, and his sound is infectious. His recording projects 'Pale Rider', 'The Emory Lester Set', and 'Cruisin' the 8' have placed him among the elite mandolinists of our time. His brand new recording 'Reminiscing Today' showcases Emory's musical creativity, and skill as a mandolinist /multi-instrumentalist.Emory has inspired and influenced many of the young up-and-coming mandolin players of today, and pointed the way with his clean, clear, fast and efficient mandolin technique. Emory is currently performing with 'Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa', doing shows across the U.S., Canada, and internationally, just having completed an extensive tour of the Scotland and England, with a new recording climbing the bluegrass charts, and enjoying much success and national exposure for Emory's talent as an instrumentalist and a vocalist. Emory's ten year partnership with noted 'Clawgrass' banjoist Mark Johnson has yielded three very creative recording projects, the latest of which is the new 'Acoustic Vision'. Mark and Emory have toured all across the U.S., and through the Crossroads Music label, have been nominated for Instrumental Album of the Year at the IBMA Awards program in 2007. Emory also performs with his own band, the Emory Lester Set, at concerts and festivals nationally. Tickets & SeatingWere pleased to announce that the Museum of Making Musics concert and event space received a major upgrade. The venue now features new comfortable seating, a larger stage, audio-visual enhancements, and an improved sound system.For the banjo concert series, we are launching an improved ticketing structure based upon your choice of seating: Premium, for those who enjoy being up close to the musicians, or General seating for the casual concert-goer.In addition, Museum Members receive their 10% discount on all tickets.PLEASE NOTE: Members must have established an online account in order to receive the 10% discount for online purchases. Members who have not established an online account can use a special code to get their discount OR call the Museum of Making Music at (760) 304-5844 to reserve tickets.If you have not received your member discount code or need help setting your online account, please contact 760-304-5770.