Sacramento Banjo Band's Banjo-Rama April 22 - 23, 2017

Saturday & Sunday
April 22 - 23, 2017


Carmichael Elks Lodge
5631 Cypress Ave
Carmichael, CA

Workshops, Dinner & Jam Session Saturday
Performances Sunday
Vendor Displays both days

One Child 16 and under Free
with each paid adult admission
(dinner not included)
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Banjo-Rama 2017
 

Headliners and Special Guests

 

Featured Musicians

Kurt Abell —Playing the banjo is somewhat thought of as a novelty; Kurt takes that in stride, proving, through his performance, that the banjo is nothing short of an instrument in a class by itself. Throughout his 39+ year  career, music has woven its thread into a tapestry upon Kurt's hands.  His pedigree includes playing at the Red Garter Saloon in San Francisco in the early 70's, television and movie appearances, a 10 year relationship with the Washboard Wizardz, Headlining Banjo Shows from coast to coast, performing as a jazz musician in Europe and Asia, banjoist at numerous festivals and jazz events nationwide, and guest artist for the Modesto Symphony during their Holiday Pops series in 2007.

He has over a dozen albums still in print, as well as a newly released  solo CD, Solo Expedition, January 2009. In addition, his newly formed ensemble, Kurt Abell and his Rhythm Knickers released their first CD, Out of Bounds, in March, 2009.

Kurt Abell
Jack Convery — Winner of the 1973 United Artists best banjoist of Northern California contest, having performed and worked with such music legends as Bing Crosby and Perry Como, and band director of the S.F. 49ers band since 1987, Jack Convery has been hailed as "the best banjoist in the NFL." A singer and guitarist as well, his repertoire of lively material includes timeless jazz classics, novelty show stoppers and country, pop, and bluegrass standards arranged for the banjo. Jack has worked with legendary entertainers such as Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald, Arthur Godfrey, Willie Nelson, The Temptations, and many more. Born in 1954 in Witchita, Ka., Jack spent his childhood in Fresno, Ca., learning the banjo at age 12. Attending banjo and jazz festivals, Jack "paid his dues" by performing at pizza parlors, as a street musician, and at numerous Bay Area gigs. Jack has numerous CD's to his credit and performs at banjo and jazz festivals, city concerts, and at venues in Northern California. Jack has been leading the the Banjo snow train for 10 years now &  leads banjo & ukulele cruise tours to Alaska, Mexico, And Hawaii. For more info visit: www.banjosnowtrain.com. Jack Convery
Jeff Green—Lives in Sonoma and has been playing banjo about as long as he can remember. Growing up in the notorious "Banjo Greens" family, it was only natural to be enchanted by this happy instrument and all of the joyful music that it makes. Jeff is a busy musician who is in demand to play with many West Coast jazz ensembles and traditional jazz bands. In addition to performing with "4/4 Fun" every chance he gets, Jeff is co-leader of the Gold Coast Jazz band, and performs with the Zenith, Flying Eagle, Natural Gas, and Calamity Kin jazz bands. Jeff has graced the stage at Banjo-Rama on numerous occasions with The Green Family, Shade Tree Swing, "Swango", The Bird Cage Quartette, and the Sacramento, Wineland, Oakland and Oregon Trail banjo bands. Jeff Green
Ron Hinkle — has been playing the plectrum and tenor banjo since the age of 12 (1972), and teaching both on and off for the last 25 years. He is retired from the Army (musician), and now makes his living with the banjo. He edits music and writes magazine articles (BMG) and banjo instruction manuals for the Clifford Essex Music Co. Ltd.

His specialty is the "Emile Grimshaw Method," which he sees as the natural gateway to all styles of plectrum banjo playing. He also works on Harry Reser's plectrum banjo music. He teaches via Skype, unless you happen to live in S.E. Arizona! Ron plays a Clifford Essex Weaver plectrum banjo for the classic style, and an Ome for the Jazz.

Ron Hinkle
Bill Lowrey—Bill Lowrey began studying the Tenor banjo from Charlie Tagawa at the age of 14. Bill joined Charlie's Junior Banjo Band and quickly progressed in both chord and melody techniques. He studied Plectrum banjo from Kevin McCabe at the age of 17 and fell in love with the styles of Perry Bechtel and Eddie Peabody. More recently, Bill has worked to incorporate the musical styles of great guitarists such as Chet Atkins, Les Paul and Django Reinhardt to create a style of banjo playing as diverse as music itself. Bill loves to play all types of jazz from traditional to modern and particularly loves to immerse himself in the works of George Gershwin. Bill feels the banjo, as life, is to be constantly explored and expanded to encompass new ideas. Bill works as a software consultant, is actively involved as a Boy Scout volunteer and is the father of two wonderful pianists: Katie and Laura.  Today he is performing with Devan Kortan, Giorgi Khokhobashvilli, Pat Dutrow and Bill Sharp. Bill Lowrey
Dave Marty—Inducted into the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame in the category of PERFORMANCE/Contemporary, 2010.

Dave Marty’s love for the banjo developed after a few years of teaching himself the ukulele, followed by the banjo.  When Dave was 19 he heard a piano and banjo player at a pizza parlor. “After hearing 2 songs, I decided I could be that banjo player, and make money doing that,” said Dave. “Suddenly I knew what I wanted to do with my life.”

Later that year he began playing all over the San Francisco Bay Area, then California, the U.S., then the 1965 New York World’s Fair,  then The Red Garter chain of nightclubs for 17 years across the U.S. and Italy.

With Abe van der Meulen and David Sturdevant, Dave formed the San Francisco Medicine Ball Band in 1970, recording an LP “On a Slow Boat to China” in 1976.

His experience in bands, on cruise ships for 19 years as a featured performer on major cruise lines, at ‘big name’ clubs and, with notables like Turk Murphy at Turk Murphy’s nightclub, “Earthquake McGoon’s” and Morey Amsterdam has made him one of the living legends of the banjo worldwide.  After a half-century of professional entertaining he was inducted into the American Banjo Museum’s Hall of Fame.

Dave not only plays and entertains at a world-class level; he shares his ideas, techniques, and arrangements with up and coming banjoists in the promotion of the banjo and its musical capabilities.

Dave Marty

4/4 Fun — Norm Gary, Vicki Cox, Meg Graf, and Jeff Green make up this vibrant quartet.

Educated as an entomologist specializing in honey bees, Dr. Norm Gary found time during 32 years as a professor and research scientist at UC Davis to have fun with music. He led several bands and combos in Davis during the 70’s, then joined the Dixieland Jazz circuit in Sacramento in 1979, performing with various bands. He was leader of the Beez’ Kneez Jazz Band for 9 years and released two CDs. He also plays clarinet in the Sacramento Banjo Band.

Vicki Cox leads the Calamity Jazz Band, plays with Oregon Jazz Band, and is a sought-after performer on the West Coast, frequently appearing as a featured artist with big bands, gospel choirs, and other ensembles.

Meg Graf plays with the Calamity Jazz Band and several other ensembles. She and Vicki are also members of the Sacramento Banjo Band.

Jeff Green Jeff Green - Banjo/Guitar lives in Sonoma and has been playing banjo about as long as he can remember. Growing up in the notorious "Banjo Greens" family, it was only natural to be enchanted by this happy instrument and all of the joyful music that it makes. Jeff is a busy musician who is in demand to play with many West Coast jazz ensembles and traditional jazz bands. In addition to performing with "4/4 Fun" every chance he gets, Jeff is co-leader of the Gold Coast Jazz band, and performs with the Zenith, Flying Eagle, Natural Gas, and Calamity Kin jazz bands. Jeff has graced the stage at Banjo-Rama on numerous occasions with The Green Family, Shade Tree Swing, "Swango", The Bird Cage Quartette, and the Sacramento, Wineland, Oakland and Oregon Trail banjo bands.

Norm Gary

Vicki Cox and Meg Graf

Jeff Green

The Orphan Banjo Band
The Orphan Banjo Band is composed each year of “orphan” banjo players (those not playing in another band) or banjo players who just wish to be orphans. Ned Poffinbarger will be leading the Orphan Banjo Band, as he has done for the past 22 years.

 
East Bay Banjo Club
The East Bay Banjo Club was founded in 1963 as a nonprofit organization and dedicated to the spirit of playing “happy” banjo music.  There are currently about 40 musician members with over 20 members attending meetings each week. From outright beginners to seasoned professionals, the club always welcomes new members.  The range of banjo playing experience ranges from several months to as much as fifty years.

The club has performed at hundreds of venues including: community parades, private parties, public parks, crab feeds, picnics, senior citizen centers, and community festivals. Annually, the club performs at Sacramento Banjo-Rama.   The club donates earnings from play outs to various charities each year.

East Bay Banjo Club
Girls! Girls! Girls!—Girls! Girls! Girls! is a banjo group consisting of the female members of the Sacramento Banjo Band and visiting women from other banjo groups. Joining the banjoists will be ukulele, fiddle and washboard players, and gut bucketers. You might even hear a red-hot vocalist or two! We’re secretly in it for the Fun! Fun! Fun! Girls! Girls! Girls!
Oakland Banjo Band
The Oakland Banjo Band was formed over 60 years ago in the basement of Best Music Company in Oakland, CA. The band has enjoyed playing every Thursday night at Porky’s Pizza Palace in San Leandro for over half a century. They have a warm and loyal audience, and many audience members have been coming to see the band for many years. The Oakland Banjo Band focuses on playing a selection of happy banjo songs with a country-western flair, a good, steady beat, and vocal presentations. Many of their audience members sing right along with them and even participate in a weekly line dance segment.
Oakland Banjo Band
Peninsula Banjo Band
The Peninsula Banjo Band organized in 1963 to preserve the four-string banjo and its music. They have up to 40 members including plectrum and tenor banjos, as well as the washtub bass players. They have played for numerous functions in the Bay Area including Candlestick Park, the 50th Anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Black and White Ball, the Tech Museum in Oakland, and the Mayors' Convention in San Francisco where Mayor Willie Brown directed the band. They have raised over $250,000 for charities such as the Research Institute of S.F., the Stanford Hospital, Hospice of the Valley and the Ronald McDonald House. Charlie Tagawa is their music director. They meet each Wednesday from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at Harry's Hofbrau, 390 Saratoga Ave, in San Jose. We hope you'll come see us.
Peninsula Banjo Band
Sacramento Banjo Band
The Sacramento Banjo Band, your host for the Banjo-Rama was the original banjo band, organized in 1960. It has grown to over 50 playing members and about 60 Friends of the Band. Each year they host the annual Banjo-Rama, and perform at the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee in May. On the first and third Sundays of the month, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., they fill the Straw Hat Pizza Parlor on Mather Field Road with happy players, fans, and music. Over the years, the band has donated more than $100,000 to children's charities, including Shriners Hospitals for Children, the Make A Wish Foundation, W.E.A.V.E., Sacramento Children's Home, Red Cross, Salvation Army, A Touch of Understanding, Inc. and other deserving charities.
Sacramento Banjo Band
Wineland Banjo Band
The WineLand Banjo Band was started in Livermore, California in 2007 by Jim Bottorff. The band members are from many locations in Northern California, including the Livermore Valley, Sonoma Valley, Gold Country, Shenandoah Valley, and San Jose areas.  Some of the members drive long distances just to attend our weekly get together in Livermore.  Instruments include 4-string banjos, bass guitar, washboards, and various percussion devices.  The WineLand Banjo Band made its first appearance at the Sacramento Banjo-Rama in 2007.

We play and sing nostalgic songs of yesterday composed from the gay-90’s through the 40’s.  Seniors are delighted to hear familiar sing-a-long tunes.  Younger people are excited because this style of music is novel to them.  How often do you hear lots of 4-string banjos happily strumming together?  Enthusiastic toe tapping and singing characterize our audiences.

For additional information see The WineLand Banjo Band website at http://jbott.com/winelandbanjoband.html. Many of the songs we play can be heard and played along with on "Jim Bottorff's Banjo Page" website at http://www.jbott.com.

Wineland Banjo Band
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