Every Member an Internationally Acclaimed Bluegrass Artist, coming together for a special Fall Tour.
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Coming to Reno, Thursday, November 9, 7:30 pm
Appearing in the Community Room of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church
1135 12th Street in Sparks, NV. (right behind the Sparks Public Library)
Presented by the Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association
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Tickets ~ $25
Tickets ~ $35
Highlighted by the outrageous double fiddling of California-based fiddlers Chad Manning and Brandon Godman, the California Bluegrass Reunion features an abundance of original instrumentals from mandolinist John Reischman and banjo player Bill Evans. Jim Nunally on guitar and vocals, and Sharon Gilchrist on bass round out this amazing combo. These musicians have made music together in various combinations for decades but this combination is truly special.
Chad Manning is a Bay Area bluegrass, old-time, and swing fiddler who has performed with the David Grisman Sextet and the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience. For many years, he was also a member of Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands. He has performed and toured with many bluegrass greats such as J.D. Crowe, Curly Seckler, Alan Munde, and Tony Trischka, to name a few. Chad also finds great joy in teaching and working with all levels of fiddle students. He and his wife, Catherine, run Manning Music, a bluegrass/old-time/traditional music school in Berkeley, California where currently 250 students take lessons.
Brandon Godman is a professional fiddler and luthier who currently resides in San Francisco, CA. He is the proprietor of two violin shops- The Fiddle Mercantile in San Francisco, CA and The Violin Shop in Nashville, TN. Since starting his professional music career at age 17, he has played stages across the world from the Grand Ole’ Opry to Carnegie Hall. He currently performs on the road with Grammy Award-winning bluegrass artist Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands and locally with other Bay Area bands. His rock-solid traditionally-based bluegrass fiddling style is the perfect complement to Chad’s virtuosic improvisational-based playing.
Steve Martin Banjo Prize recipient Bill Evans has been involved with bluegrass music and the world of the banjo as a player, teacher, composer, writer and historian for over forty years. He has performed with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, David Bromberg, Kathy Kallick, Tony Trischka and many others.
Grammy Award-winning musician John Reischman has been a foundational mandolinist, composer, bandleader, and musical educator in bluegrass and North American roots and folk music since emerging from the vibrant “new acoustic” music scene of the Bay Area in the 1980s. A founding member of the groundbreaking Tony Rice Unit, Reischman’s mastery of bluegrass, old-time, swing, and multiple Latin American musical styles, coupled with an Old Masters sense of tone, taste and musicality, has brought him a global reputation as one of the finest mandolinists of this era.
San Francisco Bay Area native Jim Nunally is a musician, composer, record producer and teacher – all in addition to being one of the finest guitar players in the world. His third-generation traditional music roots began in Arkansas with this guitar-playing grandfather who taught Jim’s father who in turn taught Jim. This pedigree contributes to his unmistakably traditional sound. Jim has performed with the David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, John Reischman & The Jaybirds and many others.
Sharon Gilchrist has long made her home in the American acoustic music scene. You may have seen her playing mandolin or upright bass, singing a traditional ballad, or performing an original piece on a concert or festival stage anywhere in North America. She has performed with the Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet, Scott Nygaard and John Reischman, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands, Scott Law and the Bluegrass Dimension and others. She earned a degree in Mandolin Performance from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, and has taught mandolin for 15 years both privately and online at Peghead Nation and at some of the nation's finest music camps.