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Steve Martin & Band lands gig at the White House, 4th of July

According to the AP the comedian turned musician will play a show with his band in Washington D.C. for the 4th of July concert “A Capitol Fourth” on the White House’s west lawn. During the event, Martin and his group will play a new song titled “Me & Paul Revere,” which talks about Revere's infamous ride during the battle of Lexington and Concord from his horse's perspective.

Broadway star Kelli O’Hara, Josh Groban, Little Richard, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, and Glee star Mathew Morrison will also be performing at the 4th of July event. Jimmy Smits hosts the concert, which will be broadcast on PBS.

Steve Martin is a comedian unlike any other in his generation. Martin was famous for his roles on SNL, his performance in The Step Father, and his character Navin R. Johnson from The Jerk. Not only has he made people laugh for 4 decades, but he is still performing live for thousands a year. Steve Martin plays banjo with The Steep Canyon Rangers. Martin’s band performs Bluegrass music, and like his comedy acts, the music is flawless.

 Martin was born in Waco, Texas, and raised in Southern California, where his early influences were working at Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm and working magic and comedy acts at these and other smaller venues in the area. His ascent to fame picked up when he became a writer for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and later became a frequent guest on The Tonight Show. In the 1970s, Martin performed his offbeat, absurdist comedy routines before packed houses on national tours. Since the 1980s, having branched away from stand-up comedy, he has become a successful actor, playwright, pianist, banjo player, and juggler, eventually earning Emmy, Grammy, and American Comedy awards.

    Awards and honors
    1969 Emmy Award - The Smothers Brothers Hour
    1978 Grammy Award / Best Comedy Album
             Let's Get Small
    1979 Grammy Award / Best Comedy Album
             A Wild and Crazy Guy.
    1989 Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters
             Cal State University Long Beach
    2001 Grammy Award / Country Instrument 
    2005 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor
    2005 Disney Legend award
    2007 30th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
    2009 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album
             "The Crow"

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