Sunday, January 3, 2010

2010 Jalopy Banjo Roots Festival: 3 days to celebrate 274 Years of the Banjo in the Big Apple

The Fabulous Jalopy Theatre invites you to its first ever Banjo Festival:

The three day festival will showcase a wide varied styles of banjo music, from old-time, to African banjo to jazz banjo. The Festival includes workshops and lectures from leading banjo players and researchers of banjo history. Jalopy will line its walls with banjos and banjo memorabilia from the enormous and important collection of Shlomo Pestcoe.


Friday, January 8th - 8pm:


Saturday, January 9th - 8pm

  • Gil Sayer: Traditional Banjo Songs and Tunes from West Virginia
  • Allison Williams and her band: Old Time Southern Square Dance Party
  • Genre: Old Time
  • Cover: $10


Sunday, January 10th

Workshop 1pm: “The Banjo in the Big Apple, 1736-1940, a panel discussion.” Shlomo Pestcoe will discuss the banjo in NYC in the 18th Century, Bob Winans, the 19th century and Peter Kohman rounds out your understanding of the banjo in the 20th century.

Workshop 3 pm: Greg C. Adams and Bob Winans demonstrate Nineteenth-Century Banjo Playing Styles, including ‘Stroke Style Down Picking and Classic Finger Style Up Picking.

Workshop 5pm: Greg C. Adams and Shlomo Pestcoe present “Banjo Roots: The Banjo’s Afro-Creole Origins and West African Heritage."

The workshops cost $5 apiece, or $10 for all three. To stay for the evening show, $15.

Evening performances start at 7pm:

More information

The JALOPY THEATRE is located at 315 Columbia St. Red Hook, Brooklyn (718.395.3214)

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