Mandolin and Slap-Bass Virtuosos at the Coffee Gallery

Jan 20, 2010

Phoebe Bridgers

If you’re into the mandolin, then you probably already know the name Evan J. Marshall. He’s kind of a big deal: “one of the greatest mandolin virtuosos ever,” “the Michael Jordan of the mandolin,” “one of the few great musicians of our time,” and so on. He’s a master of both technique and interpretation. And he’s coming to the Coffee Gallery next Tuesday, along with his brother John “Slap-Bass Billy” Marshall, who’s only “the greatest slap-bass virtuoso in the world of bluegrass,” as opposed to, you know, the greatest ever. These musical Wonder Twins are graduates of our very own Occidental College.

Opening for them is another local treasure, Phoebe Bridgers. A Sequoyah alum and freshman at LACHSA, this singer/songwriter has already played acoustic folk all over town: at the Topanga Banjo Fiddle Contest and Folk Festival, the Folk Music Center in Claremont and the Echo Back Porch. Wonder Twins and a wunderkind — what’s not to like?

Evan J. Marshall and Billy & The Hillbillies
Tuesday, January 26, 8 p.m.
The Coffee Gallery Backstage
2029 N. Lake Ave, Altadena
Tickets $20; call 626.398.7917 or visit



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