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The 12th Annual Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival

Saturday, March 4, 2017
10:00 am - 6:00 pm 12th Annual Fretboard Festival (Expired)
Kalamazoo Valley Museum
230 N. Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Cost: FREE
Contact & More Info
Contact: Chris Falk
Email: [email protected]
Phone: (269) 373-7990

12th Annual Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival

The 2017 Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival takes place on March 3 - 4, 2017, at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum and Kalamazoo Valley Community College’s Anna Whitten Hall. The free event invites visitors to meet instrument designers and learn about their trade, attend workshops for a variety of stringed instruments, and hear live performances from area musicians.

Kalamazoo Fretboard Festival Kickoff Concert on Friday, March 3rd, 2017, from 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., featuring Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys – FREE

We are proud to announce that Irene Stearns, an original Kalamazoo Gal, will be our honored guest at the Kalamazoo Gals Exhibition/Booth on March 4th, 2017.

Sound provided for all three stages by Bryan Heany of 37.ENT and Crew.

The music lineup for this year (14 performances):

Mary Jane Stryker Theater Stage

**NEW** Coffee and Donuts with the Luthiers 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Jake Kershaw Band 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Dragon Wagon 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Seventh Son Blues Band 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Mechele Peters & 'Til The Cowboys Come Home 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Anna Whitten Hall Stage
In Anna Whitten Hall (next to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum)

2017 KFF Play-In Contest Winner (Acoustic) Blarney Castle 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
San, Emily, and Jacob Trio 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Double-Strung 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
The Kalamazoo Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Museum Stage

2017 KFF Play-In Contest Winner (Electric) Last Gasp Collective 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Orquesta Tradicion 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Bob Rowe and the Green Valley Boys 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Nashon Holloway Band 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fauxgrass 5 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Tower Stage

Family Hands-On Concerts with Small Sounds
12:30 p.m. - 1 p.m.
2:30 p.m. - 3 p.m.
3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Workshops (9) In Anna Whitten Hall (next to the Kalamazoo Valley Museum)

Rm 305-
Ginny Parnaby's "Introducing the Hammered Dulcimer" Workshop 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Megan Dooley's "Versatility in Performance: Expanding Your Repertoire" Workshop 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Rm 306
Marion Koleski's "Uke Basics: Four Chord Families for Ukulele Beginners" Workshop 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Joel Mabus' "A Survey of Country Blues Guitar" Workshop
1 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Rm 307
Schlitz Creek's "History of Bluegrass - Monroe to the Millennium" Workshop 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

John Thomas’ “Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of the Extraordinary Women and Gibson’s Banner Guitars in WW II,” Presentation 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Rm 308
Dan Geib's Bluegrass and Flatpicking Guitar Workshop 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Jason Walker's “The Unusual Banjo: Traditional and Non-Traditional Techniques” Workshop 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Rm 309
Rene Meave's “The Songwriter, UR Fingers, & the Fretboard" Workshop 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Vendors (38)

Aaron's Music Service
American History Press
Bach Festival Society of Kalamazoo
Broughton Music Center
Crescendo Academy of Music
Elderly Instruments
FE Tellier Guitars
Grand Rapids Guitar Workshop
Great Lakes Acoustic Music Association
Heritage Guitar Inc.
Hull Amps/Waterman Amps
Iconic Images, LLC
Jonathan Marshall Guitars
Kalamazoo Academy of Rock
Kalamazoo Classical Guitar
Kalamazoo Gals
Kalamazoo Guitar Company
Kalamazoo Recycled Steele Amplifier Company
Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association
Kalamazoo Sportswear & Regalia
Kal-Tone Musical Instrument Co.
K'zoo Folklife Organization
Local Spins
Marshall Music Co
Mason Guitars and Ukuleles
Metal Devastation Radio
Michigan Festival of Sacred Music
Midwest Musician's CO-OP
Overneath Creative Collective
Rock Built
Save the Gibson Stack
Swanson Guitars and Music
Sola Gratia Custom Bass Guitars
Three Goats Moving Pictures
W. Michael Siegel - Luthier