What: Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell
When: 7 p.m. Sunday, July 21
Where: Holland Performing Arts Center, 12th and Douglas streets
Cost: $55 to $125
My wish for the week: I want to see a banjo-wielding Steve Martin play "Foggy Mountain Breakdown" with his trademark fake arrow on his head. Too much?
Could he at least wear a balloon hat like he did on the cover of his classic 1979 album “Let's Get Small?”
Martin, comedian-actor-musician-writer-producer-etc., probably won't do either, and that's OK. He's not traveling to Omaha to do his stand-up act. He's performing at the Holland Center, 12th and Douglas streets, on Sunday, July 21, with the Steep Canyon Rangers (pictured above with Martin), an accomplished, acoustic-driven group that has toured and recorded with Martin in recent years.
For his part, Martin will be leading the charge on banjo, an instrument he has been playing all his adult life. And he plays it quite well. So well, in fact, that he's won Grammy Awards for his banjo prowess, most recently in 2010 for Best Bluegrass Album (for “The Crow: New Songs For the 5-String Banjo”). A big leap from "King Tut," right?
On Sunday, Martin will be joined by singer Edie Brickell, who you likely remember from her 1988 hit "What I Am." The two will perform songs from their album “Love Has Come For You,” the title track of which you can watch the duo and the Steep Canyon Rangers perform by clicking on the video link below.
Expect a night of superb musicianship, for sure. But I'm also sure that Martin, the consummate entertainer, will inject a healthy dose of his humor into the show as well. Just no hats. Probably.