Smart Bets: Akira Satake and Duncan Wickel

Musician (and ceramist) Akira Satake grew up in Osaka, Japan where he discovered the banjo through recordings of Appalachian musicians Flatt and Scruggs. A world away, Asheville native Duncan Wickel discovered Irish ballads. The recent Berklee College of Music grad is equally adept at fiddling country tunes, old time, bluegrass and jazz. The two performers come together for "an evening of kaleidoscopic rhythms and harmonies" covering the many influences of both artists. Saturday, Feb. 4 at White Horse Black Mountain. 8 p.m., $15.


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