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Park Slope Bluegrass and Old-Time Jamboree

Saturday, September 22, 2018

12:00 p.m.10:00 p.m.

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The Park Slope Bluegrass and Old Time Jamboree returns to the Old Stone House & Washington Park for two days of amazing music in the community, sponsored by the Folk Music Society of New York.

On Friday, September 21, at 8:00 p.m., James Reams & The Barnstormers will play the Great Room of the Old Stone House. Nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2002 as Emerging Artist of the Year, James Reams & the Barnstormers play traditional bluegrass music with an old-time country edge and a sound that’s very much their own. They feature hard driving rhythm and 3-part harmonies that take you back to a time before bluegrass was smoothed out for the uninitiated, the ill-prepared or the faint of heart. The band includes James on guitar and lead vocals; Mark Farrell on mandolin and harmony; Doug Nicolaisen on banjo; and Carl Hayano on upright bass and harmony.

On Saturday, September 22, beginning at noon, New York's folk, traditional and old-time music community will gather to jam outdoors in the park and in the beautiful gardens at the Old Stone House.

Affordable music workshops with talented musicians including Songwriting with James Reams at 2:00 p.m.; vocal harmonies with Bill Christophersen at 3:00 p.m., and Old Time Banjo with Henry Zapoznik at 4:00 p.m. will be offered at Middle School 51. At 5:00 p.m., gather for cheese and beer and more jamming at the Old Stone House.

On Saturday evening, starting at 6:00 p.m., in the auditorium at Middle School 51, the annual Brown Jug Concert will feature up-and-coming artists the Zolla Boys, Two Lazy Aces, and American and Yiddish music great, Henry Zapoznik, capped by a presentation of the Brown Jug Award which honors exceptional bluegrass and old-time musicians. All are welcome at this "happy little festival"!


Zolla Boys

Ben Zolla and his brother Sam, are young and talented plus still holding onto tradition and bringing it into the new age. The boys have found their voices; from songs of the Louvin Brothers, Stanley Brothers, and Jim and Jesse. They have been featured on the stage at the Grey Fox Bluegrass festival, and perform at numerous bluegrass festivals throughout New England.

Two Lazy Aces

The Lazy Aces began as an old-time string band trio whose music ranged from Appalachian ballads to Honky Tonk to modal melodies and breakdowns. They performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Clearwater Festival, the Brandywine Mountain Music Festival and elsewhere and recorded “Still Lazy After All These Years” for the Marimac label.

Though the larger-format Lazy Aces are no longer active, founding members Dave Howard and Bill Christophersen have continued to play together as a duo. They were featured at Pinewoods Folk Music Camp’s American Week and, at the New York Folk Music Society’s Memorial Day weekend retreat, where they performed old-time tunes and country songs drawn from the likes of Gid Tanner’s Skillet Lickers, the Carter Family, Fiddlin’Arthur Smith, the Louvin Brothers, Lefty Frizzell, and Ray Price.

Henry Sapoznik

“Sapoznik's banjoistic chickens come home to roost in this long-awaited return to old-time music and the 5-string. “ -- recent quote concerning his recent album featuring old-time and Bluegrass tunes. He is an award-winning author, record and radio producer and performer of traditional American and Yiddish music.


Old Stone House in J.J. Byrne Playground Accessible
336 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY 11215
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Outdoors in the park and gardens at the Old Stone House and Washington Park, and indoors in the auditorium at MS 51, 4th Street and 5th Avenue – just across the street from the Old Stone House


$10; kids under 12 Free

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(718) 768-3195


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