- Kurt Abell and His Rhythm Knickers
- John Wilder
- Charlie Tagawa, Nori Tagawa and friends
- Dick and Helen Martin
- Paul Doerner
- Norm Gary and friends
- Bill Lowery
- Steve Peterson
- South Town Strummers
- Jack Convery and Friends
Each year the Sacramento Banjo Band sponsors an annual banjo music festival known as Banjo-Rama. World class banjo stars are featured as soloists and in ensembles. Eddie Peabody, probably the most famous banjo player ever, performed at the very first Banjo-Rama. In addition to banjo virtuosos, there are several exciting west coast banjo bands. It's quite a musical spectacle that could just as well have been named the banjo Olympics. These musicians are not just plucking chords like grandpa used to do on the back porch! They are genuine pros! Their fingers and hands are sizzling hot, moving faster than the eye can follow, playing everything from classical to popular music. You'll be surprised and delighted at their imaginative arrangements, versatility, and precise execution. Primarily 4-string banjos are played at Banjo-Rama. Banjo-Rama proceeds are a benefit for charities like the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The Banjo-Rama is scheduled for the last weekend of February. Please mark your calendars now for the Banjo-Rama show on Sunday, March 1, 2009.
Friday: Jam Sessions during the day and jam session at Straw Hat Pizza
Saturday: Workshops with John Wilder, Dave Frey, Bill Lowrey and Steve Peterson; banquet, and jam sessionns
Sunday: The general public is invited to the public show on Sunday which features entertainers, banjo bands, banjo displays, tape & CD sales.
"Banjo-Rama Central" for jams and workshops: Holiday Inn 5321 Date Ave, Sacramento, CA 95841. 916-338-5800. Special $94 room rate available before 2/6/2009 using code: "Banjorama - Leap to Sacramento"
Advance ticket purchase and information: Rex Inglis 209-955-2452