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Mark Johnson Emory Lesterjohnson lester
January 15, Sunday, Sarasota, EMORY LESTER AND MARK JOHNSON, Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Ct, Sarasota, 7pm,

Location Fogartyville
525 Kumquat Ct
Mark Johnson and Emory Lester have long been revered as roots music "super pickers" with their own takes on traditional fiddle tunes, British Isle ballads and original compositions. Johnson, one of the finest banjo stylists in the world (Clawgrass™ Banjo), and Lester, an Internationally known mandolin master and guitar great, have combined their talents to perform as a duet. You can catch their powerful performance on Sunday, January 14 at 7pm at the Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center, 525 Kumquat Court. Tickets are $18 in advance and $22 at the door. Advance tickets are available at

Mark Johnson is an American Master of the 5-string banjo. He has revolutionized the art of playing clawhammer style banjo and advanced the five-string banjo well into uncharted territory by incorporating complex, rhythmic runs and beautiful melodies into his original banjo compositions and variations on traditional music. He calls his banjo style "Clawgrass" and his style has shattered and expanded preconceived notions about clawhammer banjo playing. In 2012 he received the third annual Steve Martin Award for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music.

Emory Lester is an American Master of the acoustic mandolin and a multi-instrumentalist. His mandolin style has caught the attention of many other mandolin masters and he has performed and recorded with some of today’s hottest acts. He is also a gifted teacher and songwriter. The power of his playing is unmatched, and his sound is infectious. Together, these two music masters, performing as a duet, deliver a powerful performance that will excite audiences, touch every listener, and create a memorable experience leaving audiences asking for more and more.