Mandofest 2005 Plans Announced

By Beth Dearinger
November 22, 2004 - 6:00 am

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Don Stiernberg

Don Stiernberg

Lawrence, Kansas - Mandofest 2005 will be held April 7-9, 2005 at Liberty Hall in downtown Lawrence, Kansas. Now in its 12th year, Mandofest has arrived on the scene as one of the premier mandolin events in the United States.

New to this year's weekend is the First Annual Midwest MandoTasting hosted by Ken Cartwright of Cartwrights's Music in Stayon, Oregon. Previously held as part of Tacoma, Washington's WinterGrass, one of the most popular indoor festivals in the country, MandoTasting moves to the midwest and brings their recording equipment with them for this one-of-a-kind event comparing 50 different mandolins played by a single individual and recorded for evaluation.

Confirmed acts for this year's installation include the Don Stiernberg Trio from Chicago as headliner. This is Don's second Mandofest appearance. Also back by popular demand is Traverse City, Michigan native Don Julin and his eclectic brand of music. First time appearances are being made by early jug/blues band proponent Lil' Rev from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Butch Baldassari from Nashville, Tennessee. Teen sensation Jacob Jolliff from Oregon will also be making a first appearance at Mandofest and was recently praised by David Grisman as one of the finest upcoming young players on today's mandolin scene. Return engagements are anticipated by the Mandofest hosts the Uptown Mandolin Quartet and Scott Tichenor, both from Lawrence, Kansas. Saturday night's concert concludes with a performance of the Mandofest Orchestra, made up of participants from all over the nation accompanying Don Stiernberg on selected pieces.

Other events planned for the weekend include the second annual MandoBrunch hosted by Mass Street Music mandolin workshops, orchestra rehearsals and many other activities. For further information, watch the Mandolin Cafe home page for additional announcements in the future.