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Jul 3, 2022 - 12:33:55 PM
14 posts since 11/17/2018

In a perfect world I could afford to go to both the All Frets convention in August and The American Banjo Museum’s Banjo Fest a month later, but choosing one, which one should I make happen?
I like the diversity of playing styles at banjo fest and want to support Don Vappie as we represent the 4 string community, but then there may be more learning opportunities at All Frets. As a plectrum 4 string player, which should I choose?
And just so it’s known, I feel fortunate that I am even able to go to one!
Happy 4th Everyone!
Chad

Jul 4, 2022 - 1:52:21 PM

Muskrat

USA

355 posts since 3/29/2012

I'd go to the Banjo Fest.

Jul 4, 2022 - 4:03:07 PM

14 posts since 11/17/2018

Thank you Dan! That’s 1-0. I realized I may be asking an awkward question for some, especially folks loyal to either organization. I am open to private replies if you’d like to remain anonymous but I am interested to hear your opinions.
Also, I shouldn’t be so presumptuous about wishing a happy 4th of July, I forgot that there’s a bunch of people here (maybe even more so) from other countries! So for those of you… happy July pickin’ !

Edited by - LongNeckJo on 07/04/2022 16:06:12

Jul 22, 2022 - 2:00:48 PM

135 posts since 4/9/2008

Chad,

That all depends on how much you want to play vs. how much you want to listen to others.

All Frets will offer a player of any skill set ample opportunity to play and learn.

BanjoFest is a great listening experience. You will hear all types of banjo music from great artists...but, if you're not playing in the Brickyard Bash, you may not get many opportunities to just play. There was a tent for open jamming last year at the Brickyard Bash, but it was not used...at all. There was jamming at the museum but not as much as you'd get at All Frets.

BanjoFest is becoming more "jam-friendly" as it has taken shape over time. All Frets is all jam, all the time.

Hope to cross paths sometime soon.

Jul 22, 2022 - 3:47:30 PM
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Omeboy

USA

3245 posts since 6/27/2013

You can't help but wonder how well attended these conventions will be with overall inflation hammering everything and the cost of gasoline, etc. Would it better to wait and save your money? Who knows?

Jul 23, 2022 - 8:12:58 AM

14 posts since 11/17/2018

Thank you for your thoughtful responses. Bill, I really appreciate your insight and actual experience at these. Omeboy, I am also wondering the same things. It also hasn’t gotten easier to transport instruments with care, reliably, on the plane.

Jul 30, 2022 - 8:55:12 AM

Irish

USA

47 posts since 5/5/2011

I would go to All Frets. Living in Oklahoma City not too far from the Banjo Museum I can tell you that there are mote opportunities at All Frets. Having attended both in the past that would be my choice.

Aug 1, 2022 - 8:18:21 AM

Irish

USA

47 posts since 5/5/2011

quote:
Originally posted by Irish

I would go to All Frets. Living in Oklahoma City not too far from the Banjo Museum I can tell you that there are more opportunities at All Frets. Having attended both in the past that would be my choice.


Aug 1, 2022 - 2:36:12 PM

14 posts since 11/17/2018

Thanks for your vote Irish.
Well, I sent in my registration for All Frets and got my flights and hotel reserved! Anyone else here going?

Aug 2, 2022 - 8:29:21 AM

Irish

USA

47 posts since 5/5/2011

So glad that you are going to All Frets. Enjoy!

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