During the weekend of September 7, 8, and 9, 2017 the American Banjo Museum honored the 2017 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 began with a reception on Thursday, September 7th with live music, including a very special performance by Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founder, John McEuen, as well as the presentation of the American Banjo Museum Awards of Excellence.
This year’s American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame ceremonies took place Friday, September 8th at VAST located in Devon Tower. This formal event was open to the public and included a reception, dinner and the Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. 2017 inductees were Nitty Gritty Dirt Band founding member, John McEuen; new age tenor banjo pioneer, Paul Erickson; “Super Picker” star of Hee Haw, Roy Clark; 1840s pioneer banjo star, Joel Walker Sweeney; and contemporary roots music icon, Tony Trischka. Along with the Hall of Fame inductions, the annual Jack Canine Award was presented to internationally known banjo collector Jim Bollman for his commitment to the preservation of the banjo’s colorful history.
Saturday afternoon at the American Banjo Museum guests enjoyed performances by new HOF inductee, Paul Erickson, and four-time national banjo champion, Gary “Biscuit” Davis, as well as an historical presentation by noted banjo scholar and performer, Bob Carlin.
The evening and weekend came to a crescendo with the second annual BANJO FEST Concert at Hudiburg Chevrolet Performing Arts Center at Rose State College in Midwest City. The BANJO FEST 2017 concert was headlined by the amazing Kruger Brothers. Other BANJO FEST concert performers included Gary “Biscuit” Davis and the jazz Banjo Summit of Paul Erickson, Lance Dieckow and Johnny Baier. Following the concert, the BANJO FEST weekend was capped off with a post-concert afterglow party at the American Banjo Museum.