Banjo Rally International – Eureka Springs, AR
Come enjoy Banjo Rally International in beautiful Eureka Springs Arkansas, August 31st through September 3rd, 2011. This rally has been held annually in Eureka Springs since 1975. Attendees come from all over the US and several other countries. Billed as a “world class celebration of Razzle-Dazzle Jazz Banjos,” the Eureka Springs Banjo Rally will include Ragtime, Dixieland, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway tunes and old standards musical styles.
There will be performance opportunities for players at local venues, institutions and other facilities; evening shows at the Best Western Convention Center and “jam sessions” at all hours of the day and night. A vendor room offering opportunity to see and acquire quality instruments, instrument accessories, sheet music, instruction materials and access instrument maintenance services and advice from experienced luthiers and players. Public evening shows are held on Friday and Saturday nights with quality performers and very reasonable admission prices. The public shows begin at 7:00 pm and last until they are over. After the evening shows, “jam sessions” usually breakout in every nook and cranny of the convention center and evening show attendees are welcome to linger and enjoy these sessions too.
The Rally will feature The New Orleans Krewe, an intriguing trio comprised of banjoists Barry Foulon and Mike Gentry and tuba player Danny Rubio. The legendary Don Van Palta, Sgt. Ron Hinkle, and many other outstanding performers will also entertain.
Public events begin Wednesday, Aug 31 at 5:30 p.m. when Bear Mountain Riding Stables and Dude Ranch hosts a barbecue and banjo jam. Admission is $10 per person for the barbecue; pickers and listeners are all welcome at the free jam.
Thursday, 10 a.m.- noon is a jam session at Pine Mountain Village. Open to the public and free. Thursday night 7 p.m. is a pool party and jam at Best Western Inn of the Ozarks, which is also open to the public.
Friday, Sept. 2, 5:30 p.m., the Grand Banquet and Show take place at Best Western Conference Center, with banquet and show tickets priced at $28 each; the show only is $10.
Saturday, Sept 3, Basin Spring Park is the site of a free concert from 1-3 p.m.; the action moves back to the Best Western at 5:30 p.m. for another banquet and show, at $25 for both, and show only at $10 per ticket.
Reservations must be made a day ahead for the banquets; contact the rally organizers prior to August 29 by e-mail or postal mail. After that date, contact the Best Western Inn at 800-552-3785 or 479-253-9768. Shows start at 7 p.m. There are no reserved seats for the shows, and no reservations taken for show only.
So come, make it a getaway and enjoy yourself at our Eureka Springs Bed and Breakfast, a wonderful place to relax and enjoy your time in Eureka Springs.