2024 Press Release (FPO)

January 23, 2024
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
for more information
please contact Detroit Brooks  (504) 452-6705
email: detroitbrooks@yahoo.com
www.dannybarkerfestival.com

2024 DANNY BARKER BANJO AND GUITAR FESTIVAL SET FOR 3-DAY RUN

MARCH 8TH – 10TH – AT THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MUSEUM – PLUS EVENTS AT THE WEIN CENTER, TERRELL HOUSE AND NEW ORLEANS MUSEUM OF ART

Organizers have announced the dates and lineup for the 2024 Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival in New Orleans. The tenth annual festival will present events over a 5-day run – March 6, 2024 – March 10, 2024 – and will again offer a mix of live music performances, interviews, and panel discussions March 8th – 10th at the New Orleans Jazz Museum (by admission – $15 each day general admission – $10 student); a free all-star Banjo and Guitar Summit at the Wein Center on March 6th; the Festival’s 10th Anniversary Celebration at the New Orleans Museum of Art with Dr. Michael White, Donald Harrison, Corey Harris and the Dirty Dozen (NOMA – 6p-9p – March 7, 2024 – $50 general admission – $25 student) plus school clinics at UNO and NOCCA; and a Patron Party to kick off the festival on the evening of March 6, 2024 at The Terrell House (1441 Magazine St. – live music, hors d’oeuvres, drinks, silent auction – 6p – 9p – $45 individual).

The 2 stages of live music at the New Orleans Jazz Museum will present 30 of the Crescent City’s finest ensembles (full artist roster attached) – complemented by a series of combination interviews and performances with outstanding banjoists and guitarists hosted by award-winning radio producer Fred Kasten on Friday, March 8th; and an excellent series of interviews on Saturday and Sunday, March 9th and 10th about the life, legacy and music of Danny Barker curated by long-time WWOZ Trad Jazz programmer and host Sally Young.

The mission of the Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival is to showcase and highlight the many contributions and accomplishments of NEA Jazz Master Danny Barker:  musician, singer, songwriter, educator, raconteur extraordinaire and author – who played guitar and banjo with many top jazz artists over the course of his 70 year plus career – and served as a mentor to numerous young New Orleans artists who have since come to prominence, including Wynton Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Leroy Jones, Gregg Stafford and Dr. Michael White.

To build on Mr. Barker’s legacy in education and cultural preservation, the Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival offers area students workshops, master classes, and clinics – providing immersive instruction and education exploring the origins and evolution of New Orleans jazz. Outreach to senior citizens and the creation of good opportunities for musicians and audiences to connect are also primary aims of the Barker Festival.

Sponsors of the Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival 2024 include The New Orleans Jazz Museum, New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park, the New Orleans Tourism and Cultural Fund (NOTCF), WWL-TV, WGNO-TV, OffBEAT, Mark1 Graphics and Web Design, New Orleans & Company, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, Inc., The Historic New Orleans Collection, Threadhead Cultural Foundation, Newcorp.inc, NOCCA, Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, UNO Jazz Studies Program, 90.7 FM-WWOZ, Bywater Bakery, Terrell House Bed and Breakfast, The Ruth U. Fertel Foundation, Casey Lipscomb, Deering Banjos, Gulf Coast Bank and Furge Records. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available.  For complete sponsorship information please contact festival Executive Producer Detroit Brooks  (504) 452-6705 detroitbrooks@yahoo.com.