Workshops are free with admission!
Boo Reiner of Guitar Bar Drum Den
All experience levels
12:30 - 1:30pm
Guitar Bar Drum Den presents a guitar fingerstyle picking workshop featuring one of their great guitarists, Boo Reiner.
A Richmond, VA native and son of a preacher, Boo Reiner is a multi-instrumentalist who has been based in Gotham for many years. He has established himself as a go-to sideman and collaborator for bands and artists across a wide spectrum of genres including rock, bluegrass, folk, country, R&B, pop, hip hop, jazz, blues, big band, klezmer, and children's music. Guitar Bar in Hoboken has been serving the metro area for two decades now and Reiners has been teaching guitar, banjo and mandolin there since the store first opened. Some of his guitar influences include Maybelle Carter, Jimmie Rodgers, Doc Watson, Mississippi John Hurt, Norman Blake, Clarence White, Elizabeth Cotten, Lead Belly, Merle Travis, Jerry Reed, John Prine, Arlo Guthrie, Jorma Kaukonen, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and many others.
Mining Your Inner Voice
2:00 pm - 3:00
Appalachian Story and Song; a workshop about finding our voices and telling our stories in song.
Internationally acclaimed, award winning performing songwriter Diana Jones' country music is far from the mainstream brand. Her literary, progressive, yet historically rich songs have been recorded by artists including Joan Baez and have put her on the road with artists such as Richard Thompson and Mary Gauthier. Jones -- raised in New Jersey, Long Island, and Rhode Island -- is a northerner by rearing but found she was a southerner by heritage. Adopted as an infant, as a young adult Jones was able locate her birth family in the Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee and a grandfather who had formed his first teenage band with Chet Atkins. During drives through the mountains Jones’ grandfather happily exposed her to traditional country music and helped her find her voice both as a writer and singer of the old time tradition.
Don't Think. SING!
Creativity in Performance
4:00 pm - 5:00
An upbeat workshop that cultivates self-trust, imagination, improvisation, and collaboration. We’ll get out of our heads, out of our shells, and into our creativity!"
Matt Nakoa is an internationally touring singer/songwriter, recently appearing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk icon Tom Rush. Growing up on a small goat farm in rural NY State, Matt discovered music as a means of teenage escape and trained to be a concert pianist. He studied at Berklee College of Music alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spalding. Matt’s first album is a sweeping pop opus, while his second explores an intimate acoustic palette. Across the board his song craft has garnered awards, including a win at Kerrville Folk Festival’s prestigious New Folk Competition. Though not easily pinned down, Matt Nakoa is one of those well kept secrets you just can’t help but celebrate.