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ABOUT THE EVENT
At heart, Valerie June is first and foremost a songwriter, willing and able to blur the lines between genres and eras of sounds. Her music is an eclectic blend of folk and soul and country and R&B and blues.
“People shouldn’t necessarily think of bluegrass when they see the banjo,” explains June. “It was originally an African instrument, and people in America used to play all kinds of banjo: mandolin banjo, ukulele banjo, bass banjo, classical banjo, jazz banjo, there were even banjo orchestras. For some reason people like to limit it and say it just has to be in folk and bluegrass, but to me it can be in anything, and I really wanted to set the banjo free…”