Steve Martin comes to Detroit—(with a banjo on his knee)

April 19, 2010 | Detroit

He’s a wild and crazy guy, according to one of his better-known Saturday Night Live characters, but Steve Martin is also a talented musician as he’ll demonstrate tonight at 8 p.m. at Orchestra Hall at the Max M. Fisher Music Center, at 3711 Woodward Avenue.

Martin, in fact, will kick off his nationwide tour: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers: ‘An Evening of Bluegrass and Banjo, which comes on the heels of his Grammy award last year for his hit bluegrass album: “The Crow: New Songs for the 5-String Banjo.”

His love of the instrument and musical genre, however, are not newly discovered. His interest in the banjo actually goes back to the late 60s, the folk music movement and his late teen years where he taught himself to play, helped along by tips from high school friend John McEuen of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band fame. Of course, during his stand-up heyday in the 70’s, Martin often employed the banjo in musical components of his act.

Tonight’s show is sure to be filled with fun, comedy and great music. Kudos to the folks at Orchestra Hall for continuing to offer a varied and eclectic mix of musical offerings (including, next month, Garrison Keiller and Civic Jazz Live) in addition to serving as the home of our incredible Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

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