Banjos produce some of the swingiest, happiest music around. They can also produce soulful tunes that evoke another age. Join us on Saturday, May 11th at 7 p.m. when Wayne Shrubsall will bring a whole range of music and banjo playing styles to the South Broadway Cultural Center stage in, yes, “Yet Another Really Big Banjo Show!”
Albuquerque’s “Doctor Banjo,” Wayne Shrubsall, is a walking, talking banjo library. A nationally respected expert who’s written about the banjo for decades, he seems to have an uncanny knack for playing almost every style that’s ever been played throughout the lengthy history of the instrument. The concert will feature Bluegrass, Old-Time, Minstrel, Jazz, Classical and Ragtime music in this evening of eclectic banjo music.
The evening is a celebration of Dr. Shrubsall’s 70th birthday, so come help him celebrate that milestone.
A nationally-known banjoist and songcatcher, he has performed with Bill Monroe, Byron Berline, Vassar Clements, Dan Crary, Peter Feldmann, Elliott’s Ramblers, Steve Smith and Hard Road, the Adobe Brothers string band, and many other individuals and groups. Wayne received his Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of New Mexico, working with the banjo in American popular culture. He has written for bluegrass music- and banjo-oriented publications since 1972, and has presented a program focusing on the history of the banjo and banjo styles since 1985. Wayne has been a participant in numerous folklore workshops, festivals, and music events, and has worked on many recordings, notably with Alan Munde on their banjo duet album, “Old Friends,” and with Steve Smith’s Hard Road band.
In addition to his musical career, Dr. Shrubsall is a semi-retired English instructor who currently teaches at Central New Mexico Community College. During his long career he taught at the University of Kentucky, University of New Mexico, the College of Santa Fe, and CNM (then TVI) for 17 years.
If you are looking for a fun way to spend an evening, get your tickets now! Tickets for the performance are $15 per person. Attendees are encouraged to reserve their seats in advance by calling 505-298-5589 or e-mailing [email protected]. If not sold out in advance, tickets will also be available at the door on the day of the show. Cash and checks accepted; no credit cards.
South Broadway Cultural Center is managed by the Cultural Services Department, City of Albuquerque, Richard J. Berry, Mayor. The facility is a multi-cultural, visual, performing and literary art center that promotes, preserves and educates the community about the cultures and ethnicities that define Albuquerque. Located at 1025 Broadway SE, the unique architecture and colorful design of the building’s exterior is an attraction in the area. SBCC shares the facility with the South Broadway Library and collaborates with the library on a number of events and activities. There is free parking immediately adjacent to the facility.
For more information on events and activities at SBCC, visit our website or call 311. TTY Users call 711. For handicap accessibility, call 505-848-1320.