I had the good fortune to enjoy the 1st Annual Midwest Mandolin Festival just east of Indianapolis yesterday. It was a small, pleasant event, but I'm hoping to see it grow in the future. I was introduced to one of the most bizarre pop/rock duos I've come across. In spite of their claim, there is precious little 16th. c. to Il Troubadore. Robert Bruce Scott plays a Freshwater mandolin and sings tenor style. In many of their arrangements, he finger picks it like a classical guitar. Jonathan Silpayamanant (aka Noiseman433) has a degree in cello performance from DePauw and plays the most virtuosic cello I've ever heard in a mandolin-based pop duo. Their repertoire is diverse and includes a fair amount of disco. Their cover of Charlie Daniels' "Devil Went Down to Georgia" is both jaw-droppingly virtuosic and hillarious. If you get the chance, check them out.