BANJO FEST 2019, a three day event September 5, 6, and 7, 2019 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 5th with attendees enjoying a barbecue meal, the exhibit opening of Reflections of Our Past - The Jim Bollman Collection and
live music by Debbie Schreyer & Tom Owens, Gary "Biscuit" Davis and Rosie O'Grady's Jazz Band with Bill Allred, Lee Floyd, Randy Morris, and
Danny Rubio. Don Dempsey, Joe Feager and Devin Tower were honored by receiving American Banjo Museum Awards of Excellence.
Friday afternoon Bob Carlin performed at the Museum with Memories of John Hartford followed with Jim Bollman talking about his collection
as he did a walking tour of The Bollman Collection.
The American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame ceremonies took place Friday, September 6th 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. The 2019 inductees were: Alison Brown, Five-String
Performance; Jimmy Mazzy, Four-String Performance; John Hartford, Historical; Bob Snow & Rosie O'Grady's, Promotion; Janet Davis, Instruction
and Education and Johnny Baier, Four-String Performance.
Along with the Hall of Fame inductions, the annual Jack Canine Award was presented to Margie Smith-Robbins for her years of dedicated work at the
Saturday afternoon museum guests enjoyed performances by: The Rosie O'Grady's Jazz Band; IBMA Banjo Player of the Year, Ned Luberecki; Debbie Schreyer
and Tom Owens; Four-Time National Banjo Champion, Gary "Biscuit" Davis; and Jimmy Mazzy.
The performance crown jewel of the weekend took place on Saturday evening, September 7th when the fourth annual BANJO FEST concert took the stage
at the Performing Arts Theater at the Oklahoma City Community College. Starring Grammy award winning banjo virtuoso, Alison Brown and her Quintet;
Grand Ole Opry stars, The Grascals (featuring 2018 Steve Martin Prize winner, Kristin Scott Benson); and jazz banjo virtuosi Buddy Wachter and
Johnny Baier – Side By Side. Following the concert, the BANJO FEST weekend was capped off with a post-concert afterglow party at the Museum.
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; Phillips Murrah P.C.; News 4; BancFirst; PBS Services; Graftec Communications;
and the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau.