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Mandofest 2005 Bringing Mandolin Players to Lawrence, Kansas

By Beth Dearinger
February 13, 2005 - 10:15 am

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Mandofest, the annual mandolin festival held in Lawrence, Kansas, now in its 12th year, has announced their final schedule of performers and events for their 2005 edition.

Mandofest 2005 Performers

Mandofest 2005 Performers

Headlining the festival this year are three nationally known acts including the Don Stiernberg Trio from Chicago, Illinois, making a return engagement after wowing audiences at Mandofest 2002. On Saturday night, Nashville-based mandolin force Butch Baldassari and his trio make a highly anticipated first Mandofest appearance. Friday night Don Julin brings his Neptune Quartet from Traverse City, Michigan for an eclectic mix of music that defies categorization.

Other performers for the weekend include a return engagement on Saturday night by Mike Black, Dayle Dryer Black and Mike Yoder. This locally based trio performing high energy American/celtic-laced material was a surprise hit from the 2004 concert and makes a welcomed return.

Friday night, Milwaukee-based Lil' Rev brings his early jug band/pre-bluegrass stylings to his first Mandofest visit. Wonder kid Jake Jollif from Oregon will also make his first appearance on Friday night. Jake is widely regarded as one of the up and coming young stars in the mandolin community. Co-hosts the Uptown Mandolin Quartet fill out Friday's concert with a classical performance on their matched set of early 20s Gibson mandolins.

The Saturday concert concludes with a performance by the Mandofest Orchestra under the direction of conductor Jeff Dearinger of Lawrence. This group is made up of local and regional mandolin players who spent several months preparing for just this performance.

Other weekend events include the First Annual Midwest MandoTasting on Thursday, April 7, hosted by Ken Cartwright of Stayton, Oregon. This is a recorded event with one musician playing a sample cut on 50 different mandolins. The end result is a CD that can be purchased so that musicians can compare the acoustic properties of different mandolins.

Friday April, 8 includes a jazz mandolin workshop by Don Stiernberg. On Saturay, April 9, the second annual Mandofest MandoBrunch will be held at Mass Street Music.

Mandofest is organized by Scott and Annie Tichenor, and Jeff and Beth Dearinger of Lawrence, Kansas.

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