Visitors to Oklahoma City during September have the opportunity to experience the ultimate weekend of Pickin’ and Grinnin’ September 6th through 8th. The focus of the banjo world will be on Oklahoma City as the American Banjo Museum honors the 2018 inductees into the American Banjo Hall of Fame with three days of concerts, informal performances, parties, jams and other musical events called BANJO FEST!
BANJO FEST weekend festivities begin with a reception beginning at 6PM on Thursday, September 6th at the American Banjo Museum, 9 East Sheridan, in the heart of Bricktown. The evening will celebrate the opening of a new exhibit, Philadelphia Mummers – Struttin’ Their Stuff, feature live music by the Philadelphia Mummers, Taylor Pfieffer and Tim Allan and presentation of the American Banjo Museum ‘Awards of Excellence”. Visitors are invited to attend the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame ceremonies taking place on Friday, September 7th at VAST located in Devon Tower. This formal event is open to the public and will include a reception, dinner and the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. 2018 inductees include Bela Fleck, Borgy Borgerson, Hub Nitchie/Banjo Newsletter, Jim Henson and Eddie Collins.
The festival continues Saturday, September 8th at noon, at the American Banjo Museum with the Grand Opening of the Exhibit Jim Henson: Life and Legacy. The afternoon will also feature informal performances Eddie Collins, David Stephens, Johnny Baier, Taylor Pfieffer and the Philadelphia Mummers.
Saturday evening the weekend comes to a crescendo with the third annual BANJO FEST Concert at the Hudiburg Chevrolet Center at Rose State College in Midwest City. This year’s BANJO FEST concert will be headlined by 16-time Grammy winning artist, Béla Fleck. Known as the individual who virtually reinvented the look and sound of the modern banjo, never has the banjo world encountered a more focused, determined or consistent artistic mindset than it has witnessed in Béla Fleck.
Other BANJO FEST concert performers include three fellow Hall of Fame banjoists, John McEuen, Tony Trischka and Tim Allan. Following the concert, the BANJO FEST weekend is capped off with a post-concert afterglow party at the American Banjo Museum beginning at 10PM.
The American Banjo Museum is a world-class facility honoring the rich history and vibrant spirit of the banjo. The museum’s collection features more than 400 instruments along with recordings, film, video, and memorabilia associated with banjos and players. Galleries include replicas of primitive banjos developed by African slaves in the mid-1600s, minstrel-age instruments from mid-1860s,
classic banjos from the late 1800s and early 1900s, and later instruments used in bluegrass and folk music. Presented by the American Banjo Museum, BANJO FEST concert tickets may be purchased by visiting okciviccenter.com.
The American Banjo Museum is open Tuesday thru Saturday from 11am-6 pm and Sunday, Noon – 5 pm. All BANJO FEST weekend events are open to the public. For tickets, pricing and information regarding the Museum visit www.americanbanjomuseum.com. For BANJO FEST weekend events visit www.banjofest2018.com or call 405-604-2793.
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