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8 DAYS A WEEK: Your look at Valley Arts

“Tony Trischka’s EarlJam: A Tribute To Earl Scruggs,” 7 p.m. May 28, Godfrey Daniels, Bethlehem. Anthony Cattell Trischka is an American five-string banjo player. Sandra Brennan wrote of him in 2021 thusly: “One of the most influential modern banjoists ... in several forms of bluegrass music and occasionally in jazz and avant-garde, Tony Trischka has inspired a whole generation of progressive bluegrass musicians. Trischka, a Syracuse, N.Y., native, “is known as the father of modern bluegrass,” according to The New York Times. Trischka was a member of the Down City Ramblers in the mid-1960s to early 1970s. Trischka became a modern bluegrass innovator in the 1970s with Country Granola, Country Cooking, Breakfast Special, and Monroe Doctrine. He founded his own group, Skyline, in the 1980s, and later fronted Big Dogs, Psychograss, and Wayfaring Strangers. His recent albums include “Great Big World” (2014) and “Shall We Hope” (2021). Trischka is one of the banjo’s top teachers, running workshops, releasing videos and authoring numerous instructional books. At Godfrey’s, Trischka will be joined on stage by Michael Daves, Jared Engel, Brittany Haas and Jacob Jolliff for a tribute to the late, great country legend Earl Scruggs, an American musician noted for popularizing a three-finger banjo picking style. Tickets: Godfrey Daniels box office, 7 E. Fourth St., Bethlehem; 610-867-2390;