Steve Martin

"He's like the president of comedy," Jimmy Dore recently said of Steve Martin. Dore was interviewing pal David Feldman, who was part of Martin's writing team for the Academy Awards broadcast this past March. "When he hired me it's the first time in my comedic life none of my comedian friends were jealous," Feldman told City Pages. "They were more awestruck. I like it better when they're jealous." Martin is primarily known for his comedy and acting skills, and many forget that he's an accomplished banjo player. He's currently touring the U.S. backed by the Steep Canyon Rangers, a bluegrass quintet from North Carolina. Drawing rave reviews, the set is top-drawer bluegrass, though Martin apparently mixes in some humor between songs. His album The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo won a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album this past January. Martin has also performed his bluegrass stylings at the Grand Ole Opry, as well as on radio's A Prairie Home Companion. All ages. (Photo by Sandee O)
Sun., June 13, 7 p.m., 2010

 
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