December 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$20 – $30
Barrett Smith and Mike Guggino, of Steep Canyon Rangers, began performing Italian folk music in the corner of Jordan Street Cafe in Brevard about 15 years ago. This passion project has grown in popularity over the years and they are so thrilled to bring this show to the big stage at the Porter Center. They thought it only made sense to bring one of the world’s foremost Italian mandolin players to join them. A native of Savona, Italy, Carlo Aonzo has traveled the world as as mandolin performer, instructor, recording artist and historian. His many accolades include first prize at the Concorso Internazionale “Pitzianti” in Venice and first prize at the Walnut Valley National Mandolin Contest in Winfield, Kansas. Carlo’s recordings with Italian guitarist Beppe Gambetta (Serenata 1999) and mandolinist David Grisman (Traversata 2001) were some of their first inspirations when they began studying and performing this music. Barrett and Mike met Carlo in 2016 at a show at Isis Music Hall in Asheville, where they quickly began making plans for future concerts. The show on December 16th at the Porter Center in Brevard will be a special opportunity to see a truly unique collaboration of artists performing a rarely-heard,
exquisite form of acoustic music.