Our next Saturday Showcase is an Author Talk:
"Stringbean" The Life, Death and Music with Taylor Hagood
On Saturday, September 9, the American Banjo Museum welcomes acclaimed author Taylor Hagood for a special Saturday Showcase about the life, death and music of David “Stringbean” Akeman. “Stringbean,” American singer-songwriter, musician and comedian, has been credited with reviving banjo interest in both bluegrass and country music. Known for his role on HEE HAW and regular appearances at the Grand Ole Opry, it was Akeman’s tragic murder that shook the country music scene in 1973.
Event will be Live-streamed for members
The American Banjo Museum is excited to announce a new monthly series, American Banjo Museum Presents: Saturday Showcase! Each month the museum will feature a variety of new programs all of which will highlight the unique and colorful history of the banjo. The series will take guests on special tours, educational talks, and unique concerts – each hosted by a member of the museum staff.
Kicking off the series on Saturday, April 1 at 2:00 PM is a demonstration with museum Executive Director and Banjo Hall of Fame inductee, Johnny Baier. As a new exhibit is in preparation, Baier will take the opportunity to showcase – up close and personal - several rare and one-of-a-kind banjo treasures made by the Gibson Company of Kalamazoo, Michigan during the banjos golden age of the 1920s and 30s, giving visitors a rare chance to see some banjo rarities which will soon be on permanent display.
Other showcase events on the horizon include A Look Inside a Banjo with Assistant Curator, Tyler Jackson, where he will demonstrate the inner workings and construction of the banjo as well as A Muppet Sing Along: Jim Henson’s Favorite Banjo Songs led by the museum’s Promotion and Outreach coordinator, Lucas Ross.
Saturday Showcases are free with paid admission to the museum, but space is limited. Guests are encouraged to register early for the Saturday Showcase events and keep an eye on the museum’s website and social media platforms for news about upcoming events including monthly jams, Pick-a-Tune classes, and October’s BANJO FEST and American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame inductions.