Noam Pikelny & Friends/Becca Stevens Band
Another only-in-Savannah double bill showcases banjoist/composer Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers, Leftover Salmon) brings an outstanding band (Bryan Sutton, Luke Bulla, Barry Bales & Jesse Cobb) for their Savannah debut. Pikelny's music propels bluegrass music forward with a grounded yet innovative approach that has earned him a GRAMMY nomination and the first Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Bluegrass Banjo. The New Yorker describes Noam Pikelny as "wide-ranging and restlessly imaginative."
The other half of this program features the Becca Stevens Band. The daughter of musicians, North Carolina bred, NYC-based singer/guitarist Becca Stevens has already received copious praise from the likes of The New York Times, who described her as "a best-kept secret" and "impressively absorbing." Since receiving a BFA with high honors in vocal jazz and composition from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York, Stevens has created music offering a beguiling blend of head and heart that resists easy categorization, drawing upon elements of pop, jazz or folk without limiting itself to the rules of any particular genre. Her closely-knit band includes Liam Robinson (accordion and keyboards), Chris Tordini (bass) and Jordan Perlson (drums), who complement Stevens' expressive work on guitar, ukulele and charango.