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 ABIGAIL WASHBURN AND BÉLA FLECK—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.
BLUE NOTE NAPA
Blue Note Napa is located on the first floor of the Napa Valley Opera House at First & Main. We are an intimate 150-seat jazz club and restaurant, where you can enjoy performances of world renown and local Bay Area artists alike. We offer a full menu with market-driven cuisine from Chef Christophe Gerard, as well as an elegant wine and cocktail list. Enjoy fantastic sharing plates and wonderful main courses while you take in the show.
BOOTHS: Our premier level of seating! Booths are only available as tables of four, five or six and are not available as singles or pairs. Booths are sold on a general admission first-come, first-serve basis. You cannot reserve a specific booth -- we will seat you when you arrive.
TABLES: First-come, first-seated, with the full menu available.
BAR AREA: Bar stools are first-come, first-seated, then standing room is available. Dinner is also served at the bar.