PUTNEY - Next Stage Arts Project and Twilight Music present International Bluegrass Music Association Banjo Player of the Year Tony Trischka and his band, plus and double banjo bluegrass quartet Hot Mustard at Next Stage on Friday, Aug. 22 at 7:30 p.m. In a consistently adventurous musical career that spans nearly half a century, Tony Trischka has established himself as one of America’s foremost visionaries of the five-string banjo and perhaps the most influential banjo player in roots music.
Tony’s band includes. Grant Gordy (guitar), who has played with David Grisman; Mike Barnett (fiddle), recently of the Deadly Gentlemen; and sought-after session musician and ensemble player, Ethan Jodziewicz (bass).
Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival band competition winner Hot Mustard features hard-driving double banjos, close harmonies and old-time fiddle tunes, all hot and spicy. The Vermont/New Hampshire-based quartet includes Bruce Stockwell (banjo, vocals), April Hobart (guitar, vocals), Bill Jubett (banjo, fiddle, vocals) and Kelly Stockwell (acoustic bass). Bruce Stockwell is a member of newgrass/folk trio The Stockwell Brothers, and the winner of the 2005 Merlefest bluegrass banjo contest.