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LoarFest West To Meet in Bakersfield, California in 2006

By Mandolin Cafe
May 12, 2005 - 6:28 pm

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SuperGrass & LoarFest West

SuperGrass & LoarFest West

Bakersfield, California will be the site of SuperGrass, a new bluegrass festival hosted by the California Bluegrass Association to be held February 2-5, 2006.

Of particular interest to mandolin aficionados will be the first annual LoarFest West on Thursday, February 2, a part of the SuperGrass weekend. This event is a gathering and celebration of Lloyd Loar mandolins and includes displays of Loar mandolins by their owners, a panel discussion featuring Loar historians and experts, and a star-studded lineup of musicians playing Loar instruments.

Event Schedule

LoarFest West kicks off with a no-host luncheon from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. and provides an opportunity for attendees to mingle and enjoy some general mandolin camaraderie.

2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Loar owners will have their instruments on display for viewing and possibly playing with the owner's permission.

2:30 - 4:00 p.m. a panel discussion entitled "The Lore of the Loar" will feature five leading experts on Loar history who will discuss the mystique of the Loar, what is unique about it, and its contribution to the growth in popularity of the mandolin. Panel participants include historian and luthier Roger Siminoff, Darryl Wolfe of The F5 Journal, Charlie Derrington, Dan Beimborn of the Mandolin Archive, and Bruce Harvie or Orca Island Tonewoods. The panel will be moderated by Scott Tichenor of the Mandolin Cafe.

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. attendees will be treated to musical a performance by the "Loar Ensemble", some of most recognizable Loar owner/players in bluegrass and acoustic music. They will demonstrate some of the characteristics of their instruments and share their thoughts about why a Loar is their instrument of choice. This ensemble will also open the main evening concert which begins at 7:00 p.m. Although many prominent Loar owners/musicians have committed, the full ensemble will be announced at a later date.

AUpdates will also be published on the Mandolin Cafe, one of the sponsors of LoarFest West.

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