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Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 3:16 PM


The Oshman Family JCC presents:

Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Thursday, March 23, 8:00pm-9:30pm, Palo Alto


Sure, in the abstract, a banjo duo might seem like a musical concept beset by limitations. But when the banjo players cast in those roles are Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn - she with the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter; he with the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots - it's a different matter entirely. There's no denying that theirs is a one-of-a-kind pairing, with one-of-a-kind possibilities.

Fleck and Washburn have collaborated in the past, most visibly in their Sparrow Quartet with Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee. Until last fall, though, any performances they gave as a two-piece were decidedly informal, a pickin' party here, a benefit show at Washburn's grandmother's Unitarian church there. It was inevitable and eagerly anticipated by fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare that these partners in music and life (who married in 2009) would eventually do a full-fledged project together.

We would like to recognize Wendy & Howard Kleckner and Lev & Celia Mass for generously sponsoring Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn.

Thursday, March 23

Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA, 94303

$70 Premium | $60 General | $55 Members and J-Pass holders.

Email: info -at-
Phone: 650-223-8700

About The Oshman Family JCC:
The Oshman Family JCC aspires to be a Jewish neighborhood where all are welcome. It serves as a nexus of diverse Jewish communities that opens doors and creates connections for rich, robust and rewarding experiences. The JCC establishes common ground, uniting Jewish institutions, groups and individuals for the betterment of the whole community.

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