Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

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Photo credit: Jim McGuire

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn make beautiful banjo music together. He’s the virtuosic, boundary-pushing, three-finger style instrumentalist who jams with Malian kora masters and composes concerti for symphony orchestras. She has serious clawhammer chops and an angelic voice with a stratospheric range graced by a fluently appropriated Southern lilt. Together, they travel with a quiver of banjos including a baritone model designed by Fleck especially for the couple’s eponymously titled 2016 debut release, which was recorded in their Nashville basement home studio, and won a Grammy for Best Folk Album. Their live performances are fascinating lessons in twanging acoustic alchemy.

$38-$47. 8 p.m. Thurs., March 29. Variety Playhouse, 1099 Euclid Ave. N.E. 404-524-7354. www.variety-playhouse.com.


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