PBS Arts Festival: Blue Ridge Mountains Banjo 11/4

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Discover even more unique art from the nation’s emerging artists as the PBS Arts Fall Festival continues its nine-week celebration of the arts. Tune in each week for new full-length performances, artist and performer profiles, behind-the-scenes documentaries and mini-films about the art scenes in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Chicago, Cleveland, and more.

Go on a musical odyssey narrated by Steve Martin through the history of the banjo’s arrival in America, and trace the roots of America’s early jazz, blues, folk, and country music on PBS Arts from the Blue Ridge Mountains: Great Performances “Give Me the Banjo” on Friday, November 4, at 8 p.m.

Next up, learn how the ancient traditions of handcrafted tools and household items serve as inspiration for four artists from the Blue Ridge Mountains in the mini documentary titled, Hand Made.

Then get a behind-the-scenes look into Austin’s creative culture as you visit working artists’ spaces for interviews and demonstrations on 2011 East Austin Studio Tour.

Steve Miller Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band bring great American music to the Austin City Limits stage at 10 p.m.