While a guitar show raged on the main floor (too many, too loud, too expensive, too much attitude), downstairs was a BG oasis. Bands warming up and playing in the halls, fiddle, banjo, guitar and mando clinics, and performances all day.
Got to sit in a couple including Todd Collins' mando clinic, but I missed Richard Smith's Big Mon lecture. I picked up a copy of Collins' new book on Monroe instrumentals.
Traded my ol Gibson A for an ol Martin A(plus a few $), talked mando all day, and stood a few feet from some wonderful pickers.
Walked out on cloud 9.
Anybody want to buy my guitars?
(that's a joke, and not meant to circumvent the Garage Sale ad policy here).