When I interviewed Chris "Critter" Eldridge last month, he made the observation, "It's funny that all comedians seem to be banjo players, too." He was mostly referring to Steve Martin, the renaissance funnyman who Eldridge's Punch Brothers have played with quite a bit this year. And Martin is bringing his banjo (and his sense of humor) to the Triangle next spring.
Martin will play Durham Performing Arts Center on
March 21 May 21, sharing a bill with Steep Canyon Rangers. The show will probably take the same form as the ones Eldridge saw when Martin was touring with Punch Brothers.
"It was pretty inspiring to watch his show, which was equal parts music and humor," Eldridge said. "It was really well-executed bluegrass-based music, and then comedy time between songs. He was hilarious, really funny. I can't even describe it. But his wit was brilliant."
The "official" on-sale date is Dec. 10, with various pre-sales going on before that.
(UPDATE: DPAC released the incorrect date this morning. For the record, the show happens on May 21).