THE BANJOS ARE COMING, THE BANJOS ARE COMING!
A unique musical happening will take place when members of the international ALL FRETS organization converge in the Cincinnati area for their annual convention on August 2nd thru 6th, 2016 – and the public is invited to share in the music and fun.
Established in Chicago in 1957 as the Fretted Instrument Guild of America, today’s ALL FRETS organization remains dedicated to the preservation and promotion of music – often of a bygone era – played on banjos, ukuleles, mandolins, guitars and other fretted instruments. ALL FRETS members are musicians of every skill level – from beginner to top professional – who gather annually to share the music and camaraderie the group is famous for.
Having traveled from Chicago to St. Louis to Boston to Branson in recent years, this year’s ALL FRETS convention (the 60th consecutive event of its type) will take place near Cincinnati at the Marriott Cincinnati Airport hotel in Hebron, KY. In addition to the workshops, lectures, jam sessions, vendor displays, and concerts (all held at the hotel), ALL FRETS musicians will be taking their music to the streets with special performances at the GREAT AMERICAN BALLPARK on August 2nd for the game between the Cincinnati Reds and the St. Louis Cardinals as well as an August 3rd evening appearance aboard the BELLE OF CINCINNATI.
On the evenings of August 4th, 5th and 6th the public is invited to join ALL FRETS members at special performances which highlight the musical best of the organization in unique concert programs. Vibrant youth ensembles such as the St. Louis BandJos will appear side by side with the world’s most renowned fretted instrumental soloists and ensembles including international banjo stars such as Sean Moyses, Johnny Baier, Tyler Jackson and American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame member, Debbie Schreyer (among many others). The entire spectrum of fretted instruments – from banjo to ukulele to mandolin to guitar - will be presented in these entertaining and informal concerts.
ALL FRETS convention concerts will take place at 7:00PM on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, August 4th, 5th, and 6th at the Marriott Cincinnati Airport Hotel (2395 Progress Drive, Hebron, KY 41048). Tickets are $10.00 per person/per concert and are available at the door. Specific information regarding concert performers may be found at www.allfrets2016.com.
ALL FRETS performers and officials will be available for media interviews and promotional appearances. For more information – or to schedule a media visit, contact Karla Temple at 312-735-5335.