Birchmere Music Hall Hosts Weekend Banjo Festival for the Folk of It

The Hot Seats

Bluegrass roots: Ben Belcher of The Hot Seats coaxes some sounds from his banjo. The Seats will perform on Saturday and host a fingerpicking workshop the following afternoon. (Gamma Man via Flickr)

If it seems July is the month of festivals here at, well, maybe it is. You got a problem with that? Huh? I didn’t think so.

Have we got a different one for you today: The Mike Seeger Commemorative 5th ANNUAL OLD TIME BANJO FESTIVAL.

The date: Saturday, July 16. The place: Birchmere Music Hall, located just outside the Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria. The price: $29.50, plus bogus service charge (click here for tickets). The time: 7:30 p.m. The sounds: Hear for yourself.

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That’s Buddy Wachter, widely considered one of the greatest living banjo players, if not numero uno. He’ll be there to tickle your ears, along with two-time Grammy Award-winners Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer, string band The Hot Seats and fiddler Bruce Molsky.

The next day there will be a workshop for budding pickers in the region, with Wachter, Molsky and The Hot Seats all providing their expertise on a number of different styles of banjo playing. Each session is $40, and space is limited, so those inclined should click away and sign up.

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My best friend’s late father plucked a banjo, and he was hardly country. It seems there are many styles and hues to the banjo that most laypeople don’t know about; it was a revelation of sorts to me.

At any rate, it’s an interesting instrument that apartment renters near Del Ray might enjoy hearing for a night.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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