Visitors to OKC have the opportunity to experience The Banjo World of Steve Martin, a special exhibit at the American Banjo Museum. The Banjo World of Steve Martin, provides a look at the musical side of one of America’s favorite entertainers. The exhibit, which features banjos from Martin’s private collection, is on display through the end of January at the American Banjo Museum.
Best known for films such as The Jerk, The Pink Panther and, most recently, the animated feature Home, as well as numerous written works, Martin has become an American entertainment institution. However, few people are truly familiar with his musical prowess. From his earliest years as an entertainer, Steve Martin has been using his skill as a banjo player as part of his “Wild and Crazy Guy” persona. Recently, his career has returned to its musical roots, resulting in award winning and critically acclaimed recordings, concerts and theatrical presentations.
Steve Martin is unquestionably the most influential recent figure in making the banjo not only acceptable, but a welcome and in demand instrument in American popular music culture,” said Johnny Baier, executive director of the American Banjo Museum. “His recordings, concerts and televised appearances - including the annual presentation of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, have exposed millions of people to the banjo in the most positive and musical manner possible.
In addition to memorabilia and rare photos, The Banjo World of Steve Martin features an exclusive interview where Martin discusses his love for America’s instrument, the banjo. “Many of these items have not been seen before by the public. We are honored to present this one-of-a-kind exhibit, which is a ‘must see’ for anyone who loves music, comedy, movies - and Steve Martin,” said Baier.
The American Banjo Museum is located at 9 East Sheridan Avenue in the historic Bricktown District. The museum is open Tuesday thru Saturday 11-6 and Sunday noon-5 (closed Christmas Eve and Day). For more information call 405-604-2793 or visit www.americanbanjomuseum.com.
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