BANJO FEST 2018, a three day event September 6, 7, and 8, 2018 was filled with concerts, informal performances, parties, jams and the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
BANJO FEST events began with a welcome reception on Thursday, September 6th with attendees enjoying a barbeque meal and live music by the Philadelphia Mummers, Taylor Pfieffer, and Tim Allan. Dr. Phil Cartwright, Don Lewis, Lester Cowden and the Austin Banjo Band were honored by receiving American Banjo Museum Awards of Excellence.
Friday began with a special Banjo Newsletter Workshop with Eddie Collins presenting Essentials to Hot Licks; Janet Davis, Back-up - What to do when not soloing; taking your playing to the next level; and Tony Trischka, Putting it all together - combining the techniques of Earl Scruggs, Don Reno and Bill Keith.
The American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame ceremonies took place Friday, September 7th at VAST located at the top of Devon Tower. This formal event was open to the public and included a reception, dinner and the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. 2018 inductees were multiple Grammy award winner, Bela Fleck for Five-String Performance; Canadian entertainer Borgy Borgerson for Four-String Performance; founder of the Banjo Newsletter, Hub Nitchie for Instruction and Education; creator or the Muppets Jim Henson for Promotion; and Detroit celebrity of years past Eddie Collins in the Historical category. Along with the Hall of Fame inductions, the annual Jack Canine Award was presented to the Singleton Family in memory and honor of Sandy H. and Lila Singleton, long time supporters of the American Banjo Museum.
Saturday afternoon began at the American Banjo Museum with the grand opening of the Jim Henson - Life and Legacy exhibit with special guest Heather Henson, daughter of Jim Henson in attendance. Following the ribbon cutting of the Jim Henson - Life and Legacy exhibit guests enjoyed performances by David Stephens, Eddie Collins, Johnny Baier, Taylor Pfieffer, and the Philadelphia Mummers.
The evening and weekend came to a grand finale with the third annual BANJO FEST Concert at the Hudiburg Chevrolet Center in Midwest City. The BANJO FEST 2018 concert featured four Hall of Fame members, Bela Fleck, John McEuen, Tony Trischka, and Tim Allan. Following the concert, the BANJO FEST weekend was capped off with a post-concert afterglow party at the American Banjo Museum with pizza, performances, and jam sessions.
The American Banjo Museum would like to thank the following sponsors for their gracious support of this year's BANJO FEST: Paul & Theresa Poirier; Gayle & Devin Tower; Lester & LeeAnn Cowden; The Singleton Family; Alan Tompkins; Roger & Ellie Burns; Phillips Murrah P.C.; BancFirst; PBS Services; Graftec Communications; and the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau.