As part of its annual BANJO FEST weekend, the American Banjo Museum located in downtown OKC is excited to announce a new event – the BRICKTOWN BANJO BASH. Featuring some of the world’s most entertaining and respected banjo artists (including several Hall of Fame members), the BRICKTOWN BANJO BASH is the newest feature of an annual celebration that shines an international banjo spotlight on Oklahoma City.
Planned for the newly renovated public park area next to the railroad viaduct between Sheridan and Reno Avenues along with an indoor stage at the American Banjo Museum, the BRICKTOWN BANJO BASH will present “America’s Instrument,” the banjo, in all of its musical styles and identities. From Bluegrass to Jazz to Oldtime to Pop, artists such as Hall of Fame members Gary “Biscuit” Davis, Lee Floyd, Scott Whitfield, Brad Roth, Eddie Erickson, Debbie Schreyer, Doug Mattocks and Johnny Baier will be joined by visiting artists Lincoln Hensley, Ashley Porchak, Bill Dendle & Shelly Burns, Wayne Cantwell, Bill Lowrey, Ron Hinkle, Lucas Ross, and many others.
ABM President, Doug Parsons, commented, “It has always been our goal to produce a festival style event in Bricktown which shares the amazing banjo talent that comes to OKC for our BANJO FEST weekend with the public. With the new space directly across the street from the museum, we now have that opportunity. It will be great music and fun…and thanks to our sponsors, it’s free to the public!” Sponsors for the event include the Bricktown Association, Downtown OKC, the Arts Council Oklahoma City, the Sonic Foundation, Paul & Theresa Poirier, and the American Banjo Museum.
In addition to the BRICKTOWN BANJO BASH, this year’s BANJO FEST weekend will include induction of this year’s class of the AMERICAN BANJO MUSEUM HALL OF FAME: Jens Krüger, Brad Roth, Greg Rich, Paul Buskirk and Scott Whitfield. Held at the top of the Devon Tower on Friday, October 8th at 6PM, the formal event recognizes banjo’s best in a gala evening of music and presentations honoring the inductees.
A grand finale for the BANJO FEST weekend takes place on Saturday, October 9th at 7PM when the world famous KRÜGER BROTHERS take the stage of the Hudiburg Chevrolet Performing Arts Center at Rose State College in Midwest City. Their genuine and earthy presentation of a rarified hybrid style of music, solidly rooted in Bluegrass traditions yet framed in a classical music setting, has touched and thrilled audiences around the world. Joining the Krüger Brothers will be 2020 Hall of Fame inductees Ed “Fast Eddie” Erickson and Gary “Biscuit” Davis along with California’s Bill Dendle & Shelley Burns and new generation banjo phenomenon, Tyler Jackson.
All BANJO FEST weekend events are open to the public. For information about the BRICKTOWN BANJO BASH or other BANJO FEST weekend events, visit: http://www.banjofest2021.com