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Dr. Banjo Says Picking Season is Coming. Want to jam?

Pete Wernick Bluegrass CampRight about this time of year, many pickers start thinking "This summer I'm going to show my stuff as a musician." If you're starting to get those thoughts, I'd like you to know of a way to help that to actually happen.

Banjo Camp North, 15th Anniversary Celebration May 15-17, 2015

Banjo Camp North 2013If you enjoy banjo, then you need Banjo Camp North! Banjo Camp North is a weekend-long celebration of the 5-string banjo in both old time and bluegrass styles! World-class banjoists make up our full-time and "adjunct" faculties. The 15th anniversary of the camp will be extra special next year.

Frankfort Bluegrass Festival: 2 Days of Family Fun

Chris Jones and The Night DriversFrankfort, IL -- The sound of bluegrass music and the sight of people having fun will be the scene in historic Frankfort, Illinois, the weekend of July 12 and 13. The 4th Annual Frankfort Bluegrass Festival will take place downtown with fun for the whole family. The free, two day event will feature national, regional, and local bluegrass bands with activities, jamming, crafts, and vendors on Breidert Green (located at Kansas and Oak Streets), surrounded by a town square filled with shops, restaurants, and a children’s museum. This is a family event that offers something for everyone at a price everyone can afford!

Bluegrass Jam Sessions Return to Elkton, Virginia

Elkton JamThe Elkton Bluegrass Jam Sessions are held every Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 pm running to May 13th and returning in the fall after festival season. Listeners as well as pickers of all ages and abilities are welcome. There is no dress code, so just come as you are! The acoustic Jams are free and open to the public. A Bluegrass Jam session, like its Jazz cousin, is the practice of creating music by ear without written notation. It’s the creation of instant performing art and has been going on in the valleys, mountains, cabins, garages and front porches of eastern Rockingham County for over two hundred seventy-five years. Typically, musicians, young and old come together, take turns around the circle and play a variety of songs. These songs include instrumental pieces with individual solo breaks and bluegrass, traditional country or gospel songs often sung in 3-part harmony.

Bluegrass Jam Class coming to Palisade Bluegrass Festival

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickDo you bring your instrument to a festival but feel shy about taking it out and actually playing with other people? You are not alone, even if it sometimes feels that way! For years I've been helping closet pickers start jamming, playing real bluegrass at slow speeds, and learning the ear skills and ensemble skills that are hard to pick up on your own. My approach has worked for so many, I am now certifying Wernick Method instructors to teach bluegrass jamming in communities nationwide.

ICMC 2012 to Czech Out International Bluegrass Music

Druha TravaNashville, TN -- The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is coming down the home stretch for 2012. The Saturday, 26 May luncheon in The Frist Lecture Hall will not only feature more good food, assorted door prizes from our generous publishers, but also a fascinating illustrated talk illustrating aspects of the international dimensions of Bluegrass. Our new BFF Lee Bidgood of East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, Tennessee will be discussing "Translating and Documenting Czech Bluegrass." No doubt we will learn about a complex process as well as substance regarding groups such as Druha Trava--and maybe a touch connecting them to President Obama's visit to the Czech Republic.

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