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Bring Bluegrass Music to Burning Man!

Posted by banjerdan on Wednesday, July 23, 2014

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I met Andy Owens at the International Bluegrass Music Association's trade show sometime in the 1990s, and we hit it off immediately. Andy says, "I’ve been involved in many bands and for twenty years and I have played Bluegrass in over fifty countries. I was once talking to Bill Monroe, the father of Bluegrass Music, and I told him that my main thing was taking Bluegrass to places it had never been. His comment was 'Mister, Bluegrass music is the best music in the world, and I want you to take it to as many places as you can.' I took that to heart, you can’t really ignore Bill Monroe."


In addition to Bluegrass Music, Andy enjoys the Burning Man Festival, but as he told me, despite the fact that it's a campout in the middle of the desert, there's no acoustic music. Apparently "Electronica" is the only music to be heard.


Well, Andy's out to change that! His dream is to bring Bluegrass Music and North Carolina Bar-B-Que to Burning Man, and to that end, he's designed a banjo-shaped trailer, equipped with a full stage and sound system, that he'll be able to drive around the campground, and he wants to hire some good musicians (including me), to be his band.


Won't you help Andy realize his dream? Won't you help us show the folks at Burning Man that REAL music happens when actual fingers play on actual strings? Here's the link to the Kickstarter campaign for "On Top of Old Smokey."


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