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Banjos on the Waterfront

Thursday, July 17 – 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

An evening of amazing music, featuring performances by banjo greats Dom Flemons and Tony Trischka.

Dom Flemons is known as the “American songster,” and has played before over one million people in the past three years. As a solo artist and as a founding member of the Grammy award winning band the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dom has brought traditional music to new audiences.

Tony Trischka is “the godfather of what’s sometimes called new acoustic music.” (New York Times) For over 45 years, he has inspired new generations of bluegrass and acoustic musicians in the roots music world. Tony’s international reputation is as a consummate banjo artist, innovative player, and sought-after banjo instructor.

Gates open 5:30 p.m., music begins at 6:00 p.m. Tickets $20 per person and may be purchased online or at the gate. Picnics, coolers and lawn chairs are welcome! No pets, please. The museum will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for tours of our latest exhibit Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore & Beyond.

This concert is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works.

Banjo Workshop Series at the BMI

Saturday, July 19 -- 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

BMI’s banjo workshop series with regional musicians, scholars, and tradition bearers.

The BMI will present a series of NEA-supported workshop events this summer in support of the exhibition on the history of the banjo in Baltimore. The temporary exhibit, titled “Making Music: The Banjo in Baltimore and Beyond” features banjos, sheet music, photographs, works of art, profiles of local banjo makers, and explores how our city was instrumental in shaping the history of the banjo in America.

The workshops will feature key regional musicians, scholars, and tradition bearers as follows:

  • July 19, 11:00am-1:30pm: Bob Smith (Irish tenor banjo) and Peter Brice (accordion)
  • August 2: Stephen Wade (musician, scholar, folklorist)
  • August 24: Cheick Hamala Diabate (banjo, ngoni) and Greg Adams (banjo) with Home Front (19th century popular music)
  • August 30: Bill Schmidt (banjo) and Judy Marti (banjo)

This series is supported by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and is free and open to the public for the first 80 attendees to RSVP with the BMI: contact Kelley Edelmann at kedelmann@thebmi.org.

The banjo exhibit runs through October 18, 2014.

Summer Carnival at the BMI Farmers' Market

Saturday, July 26 -- 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join us for a Family Day at the BMI Farmers' Market, featuring family-friendly games and crafts with a country fair theme! 2014 Family Days are presented with special thanks to MECU and the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts.

Click here for a Summer Carnival flyer.

Every Week

BMI Farmers' Market

Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Join us for our sixth annual market, held in and around our waterfront Pavilion! A convenient place to purchase fresh local foods and buy artisan items not available in stores. There is something for everyone and is a great place to meet friends and get to know your neighbors!

Click here to learn more.