Back in the hazy recesses of the early '60s, David Grisman and John Sebastian encountered one another at the jam sessions that regularly broke out in Greenwich Village's Washington Square. Soon after, they became part of the Even Dozen Jug Band, whose other notables included Stefan Grossman and Geoff and Maria Muldaur. Sebastian—a singer, guitarist, and harmonica ace—went on to fame and fortune with the Lovin' Spoonful and a subsequent solo career whose commercial highlight was the theme song for the now-ancient TV show Welcome Back, Kotter. Grisman, a spectacular mandolin picker, created dawg music, a hot hybrid of bluegrass, jazz, and folk. After going their separate ways for some 40 years, a chance meeting led to a 2007 duo recording, Satisfied, and subsequent joint appearances (and, incidentally, major contributions to Maria Muldaur's new jug-band album Garden of Joy). This performance will likely have a similar vibe to Satisfied. That is, a day-dreamin', tasty, back-porch picking session by old friends, juggling originals (in Sebastian's case reaching back to the Spoonful), traditional folk tunes, old blues (including John Hurt's "Coffee Blues," whose lyric provided the Spoonful's name), and the odd vintage pop tune (the Everlys' "Walk Right Back").
Thu., Dec. 10, 7 p.m., 2009