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Bob Zentz shares Songs, Tales, and Tunes of THE BANJO from Africa to Appomattox

Concert "Informances" span two continents and many centuries, using historic and modern instruments

February 4, 2015 -- Tidewater Troubadour Bob Zentz draws on his extensive collection of songs, stories, and historic instruments to tell the tale of the banjo across time and continents.

Songs, Tales, and Tunes of THE BANJO, From Africa to Appomattox, will be presented twice at The Venue on 35th, first with a matinee on Sunday, February 15 at 3:00 PM, and followed by an evening performance on Friday, February 20 at 8:00 PM.  Tickets are $10 with advance reservation, or $12 at the door.

"The name of this program mentions just two stops along the banjo's journey," says Bob, "but the roots and branches extend into the present day, reviving and rediscovering the banjo with each generation.  It's truly a treasure, the way the banjo links people and cultures to this very day."

Instruments featured in the program include the African folk instruments such as the bow harp, and harp lutes including the kora and akonting;  early American versions of the banjar and mountain banjo;  and modern incarnations of the banjo dating from the 19th and 20th centuries.

For more information or to make a reservation, call (757) 469-0337 or visit www.venue-35.com emails may be sent to venue@venue-35.com


For more than five decades, Bob Zentz has been at the heart of the Hampton Roads traditional music scene.  The Norfolk native performs internationally yet still lives and plays in his hometown, and is active in nurturing the next generation of folk performers, in the belief that the future of our world depends upon our youth, and music.  Information about Bob's music, life, friends, performances, and programs for all ages elementary school to elders is available at www.bobzentz.com



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