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Steve Martin and Martin Short

An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko

Hayes Hall

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Steep Canyon Rangers
Steep Canyon Rangers
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Oct 28, 7:00pm
Hayes Hall 7:00pm
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Steve Martin and Martin Short

An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life
with the Steep Canyon Rangers and Jeff Babko

Don’t let the title fool you. This special event starring two beloved comedians is one you’ll always remember. A variety show with more than a hint of vaudeville — featuring singing, dancing, banjoing and non-stop jokes — these longtime friends deliver an unforgettable performance.

Please note: The 7pm Steve Martin and Martin Short presentation is sold out. However, tickets are available for the 5:30pm closing night awards ceremony.

  NIFF Closing Night Awards Ceremony

This Naples International Film Festival event is generously sponsored by Richard Lublin.


Language advisory.

Steep Canyon Rangers

Steep Canyon Rangers

The Steep Canyon Rangers is one of the most versatile and idiosyncratic bands in contemporary American music. The Grammy Award-winning, North Carolina-based sextet has spent nearly two decades bending and shaping the bluegrass aesthetic, wedding it to elements of pop, country, folk rock and more to create something original and all their own.

Steep Canyon Rangers have been expanding the parameters of bluegrass since coming together in 2000. Since then, the band has developed a remarkable catalogue of original music that links them to the past, while at the same time demonstrating their ambitious intent to bring string-based music into contemporary relevance.

Indeed, Steep Canyon Rangers are easily among the hardest working bands in any genre, pulling double duty on their own and as collaborators with Steve Martin. Since teaming with the legendary actor-comedian-writer-banjo player in 2009, Steep Canyon Rangers has produced two unique bodies of work, dual catalogues in constant development. Along with their own works, the band teamed with Martin for 2011’s Grammy Award-nominated Rare Bird Alert and 2017’s The Long-Awaited Album, while also backing Martin’s own partnership with Edie Brickell on 2013’s Love Has Come for You and with Martin Short in their ongoing tour An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life.

Jeff Babko

Jeff Babko

Pianist and keyboardist Jeff Babko is a native of Southern California, and has remained on the west coast throughout his career. Babko constantly balances many musical and professional hats, as an in-demand recording musician and touring keyboardist.

After graduating from the University of Miami’s distinguished Frost School Of Music, Babko began working with international superstar Julio Iglesias on a series of worldwide tours.

After leaving Iglesias, Babko began regularly touring Asia and Europe with super-drummer Simon Phillips. Soon after, he joined guitarist Robben Ford's band, and later extensively toured and recorded with Larry Carlton. With Carlton, Babko performed for the King and royal family of Thailand in Bangkok's Grand Palace. Listeners can enjoy Babko's recorded work with Ford and Carlton on their joint effort, Live In Tokyo, as well as on some of their individual recordings. Babko also backed Carlton with Japanese B'z guitar superstar Tak Matsumoto on their Grammy Award-winning recording.

Other tours included Europe with the L.A. supergroup Toto in 2000, and also with Grammy Award winner Shelby Lynne.

Television work began with Martin Short’s syndicated talk show in 1999-2000, and later on the Wayne Brady daytime show. For the past 15-plus years, most significantly, Babko has been the musical arranger, a composer, and house band member on ABC TV’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. He’s backed up countless rock, pop and jazz artists on the show, and has produced much of the music for its comedy segments.

His recent recording highlights include Jason Mraz’s Love Is A Four Letter Word, Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange, Nathan East's two solo albums, as well as Smokey Robinson’s Smokey & Friends record of duets, produced by Randy Jackson for Verve Records. You also may have heard Babko on recordings from Alanis Morrisette, Maná, Willie Nelson, Tim McGraw, Jennifer Nettles, The Madden Brothers and others.


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