The Banjo: A New Day for an Old Instrument

| March 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

banjo-rack[1]It’s the muse of GRAMMY-winning artists, an edgy anchor of modern punk bands, the dueling partner of guitars, mandolins and fiddles, a catalyst for social change, and the centerpiece of a cultural renaissance juggernaut. It’s the banjo, and it’s everywhere: A symbol of hope amid hardship, resolve amid political unrest, and simple joy amid celebration. Its image, at times tarnished by woe, has been polished throughout history by its complex artistry and its dignified part in social change and cultural pride.

Defying stereotypes and preconceptions, the banjo is explored in “The Banjo: A New Day for an Old Instrument,” a special exhibit at the Museum of Making Music debuts March 29, 2014.

The exhibit features banjo artifacts and replicas dating back to the earliest banjo-like instruments, modern banjo hybrids and innovations, an interactive ‘workbench,’ provided by the San Diego-based Deering Banjo Company, demonstrating the intricacies of banjo construction, and illustrated, descriptive panels delineating the instrument’s origins and evolution.
The 11-concert series commences with indie-folk group Victoria Ghost (spotlighting the daughter and son of Glen Campbell) and proceeds through October with performances by such divergent artists as Tony Trischka, Otis Taylor, Alison Brown, David Lindley, Bob Carlin and Cheick Hamala Diabaté (playing the ngoni).

For admission, ticket prices and more information, visit

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