Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers are playing Red Rocks on Monday. Martin Short will be there too!
You may know Steve Martin from his stand-up comedy career, or his hosting Saturday Night Live 15 times (second only to Alec Baldwin), or his starring roles in films such as Planes, Trains and Automobiles; Cheaper by the Dozen; Cheaper by the Dozen 2 (Why did they make a second one? That is a terrible decision); The Pink Panther; and The Pink Panther 2 (I don't think they needed to make a second one here either). You may know Steve Martin from all these things, but you are probably ignorant of his real God-given prodigal talent.
Steve Martin absolutely shreds the banjo. And I am not making that up.
Using words to describe what music sounds like is like playing charades, inevitably there is going to be something lost in translation. So, you are either going to have to take my word for it that comedian Steve Martin is not just good at playing the banjo for a comedian, but good at playing the banjo for a bluegrass musician, or you can click one of these here links. The choice is yours.
Martin has reportedly been playing the banjo since he was in high school. He's 72 years old now (I would very much like to know what his skincare regimen is, dude looks like he's 45), so that's a solid 55 years or so of banjo playing. If you believe in the 10,000-hour theory, it would have taken Steve Martin just a half hour of practice per day to become a master of the banjo. Click on those links again. This is not a man who practices the banjo a mere half hour per day.
Watch the trailer for Martin's Netflix special below:
Why are we talking about Steve Martin, a man who is not from nor is generally associated with Colorado? Martin, fellow comedian Martin Short, and bluegrass band the Steep Canyon Rangers will perform at Red Rocks on Monday, August 6. There will be plenty of banjo and much of it will involve Steve Martin. What better day to spend a Monday night? Who says Mondays have to be bad?
Steve Martin has collaborated with the Steep Canyon Rangers since 2009 and they have made the late night talk show circuit together. All their live videos on Youtube are extremely good. The show should be a fine mixture of comedy and bluegrass, which is weird because bluegrass is usually kind of sad. We wouldn't put anything past the guy who wrote "Caroline" though.
The banjo, in my opinion, is the most underrated instrument. I think it gets a bad rap because of Deliverance. It's fast and it just always sounds fun. I could listen to the banjo all day. In the hands of someone who really knows what he or she is doing, it just flows and one forgets about everything except for the banjo.
I, for one, do not have any idea how to play the banjo. I'm planning to meet Steve Martin and, hopefully, he'll be able to give me some pointers.
Regardless, the show is bound to be nothing short of incredible! Are you attending? Let us know in the comments below, and we'll see you there!