Author Archives: Homestead Staff

Kentucky KM-140 Mandolin

Kentucky KM-140 (2)

Throughout our nearly 35 year history, the Kentucky brand of mandolins have been our most popular. And for students just becoming familiar with the mandolin, the Kentucky KM-140 has been the biggest seller hands down. And it’s all about getting the most bang for the buck. The playability, sound and value offered by the KM-140 […]

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Record Store Day A Success – Thank You!

Record Store Day at the Homestead Pickin' Parlor

It was another successful Record Store Day for us at the Homestead! But rather than us tell you about it, check-out this nice write-up from one of our regular customers: What a great national Record Store Day at the Homestead Pickin’ Parlor! Folks were meeting friends (old and new), flipping through the special recordings, picking […]

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Record Store Day 2013 at the Homestead! Saturday, April 20th, 10am-6pm

Record Store Day

Once again, the public is invited to visit their favorite record store/s on this date and celebrate what some would argue is being taken away from the music listening public – neighborhood stores where you can go to peruse new and old recordings of your favorite music.   Of course, The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor® is more […]

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Blame it on the Banjo(s): A Brief History of the Homestead Pickin’ Parlor©

You Can Learn to Play the Banjo

Banjo #1: It was June, 1979, and Marv and Dawn Menzel were enjoying “such a nice life.” Marv and a partner had a small manufacturing business, and Dawn was holding down the home front and taking care of their three children […]

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Thanks to Don, our founding webmaster!

Don Venne

Our thanks to Don Venne, who dragged us – with only a minimum of kicking and screaming – into the 20th Century. He built, then maintained our first website for many years as “a labor of love, borne out of affection for HPP’s role as center of an acoustic music community in the Twin Cities.” […]

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Steve Kaufman Workshops & Concert – April 4th-7th

Kaufman Workshop

We’re excited to be hosting musician Steve Kaufman, the only three-time winner of the National Flatpicking Championships, for a concert and series of guitar and mandolin workshops April 4-7.

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Humidify, Humidify, Humidify!

Dampit For Guitar

It never fails. From the time the heating season in Minnesota begins, until it ends several months later, we admonish musician customers to humidify their instruments. And about this time of year, instruments are brought to us to correct problems that have arisen because we were not listened to.

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New Deering Goodtime banjo a nod toward old-time players

Deering Goodtime Open-back

Globally, Deering banjos are riding high. There are dozens of professional musicians using Deering these days and they’ve gone inter-generational. Many new and younger national and international performers have chosen Deering banjos. Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons, Ashley Campbell, Zac Brown, Dom Flemons, Rhiannon Giddens, Daniel Rothwell, Willow Osborne and Minnesota’s own Dave Carroll of […]

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Bill Staines in Concert, Saturday – Feb. 23

Bill Staines Workshop

Bill Staines in Concert, Saturday, February 23, 7:30 pm When Bill Staines comes to town, we always sell tickets for the promoter and it never fails, for several weeks after his visit, when folks find out that he was just in town, they express their disappointment at having missed the concert. So here’s your advance […]

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Dakota Dave Hull Ragtime Guitar Workshop – Jan. 12th

Dakota Dave Hull Ragtime Guitar Workshop Saturday, January 12, 1:00 pm With the release of his new book ‘Ragtime Guitar in the Classic American Style,’ Dakota Dave Hull is going to let the genie completely out of the bottle. Those of us who have envied his ability to capture the ragtime feel of the classic […]

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