Author Archives: Marv Menzel

Tonight’s Beginning Bluegrass Jam cancelled

Not due to weather or illness, either of which would be a legitimate cause for cancellation.  Rather, Gene Walton’s family is in town having travelled from points distant and he would like to spend a few more precious hours with them.  The normal schedule will resume in 2018.  HAPPY NEW YEAR from all of us […]

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Last Call for Shoppers – Christmas Eve

As we always have, we maintain Sunday hours between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Today is Christmas Eve and we will be here from 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM for you to fill your last minute panic shopping musical needs.  And if you are ahead of the game on shopping, just stop by to talk politics or […]

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Sunday Shopping next two weeks!

Don’t panic!  The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor provides seven day a week shopping opportunities each year between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  That means two more Sundays, December 17 and December 24, we will be on hand from 12:00 Noon t0 5:00 pm, and it’s usually not that crowded.  So stop in and throw your shopping dilemmas at […]

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Give The Gift of Folk Music

When you give the gift of music, you give a lifetime of pleasure.  We are here to help you match the perfect gift of music to everyone on your shopping lit.  From a gift certificate that allows the recipient to do their own shopping to the most exquisite for-a-lifetime instrument.   And, of course, there are […]

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It’s tomorrow, don’t forget

Janet and Greg Deering of The Deering Banjo Company will be on hand at The Homestead Pikin’ Parlor, tomorrow, October 29 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Anyone with an interest in or questions about banjos must be here and nowhere else at that time.  Learn anything you want to know from the owners of […]

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Greg & Janet Deering to visit Homestead Pickin’ Parlor

Put Sunday, October 29th on your calendar right now.  In our humble opinion, two of the greatest happenings in the 1970s for acoustic music fans was first the founding of the Deering Banjo Company and secondly the beginning of The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor.  Since that time, Greg and Janet Deering have created the largest domestic […]

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Banjo Players Book Alert!


New from the folks at Hal Leonard is the team effort by Alan Munde and Beth Mead Sullivan titled “The Great American Banjo ?Songbook”. 70 songs from The Great American Songbook tabbed out with chord diagrams.  This book will allow a bluegrass banjo player to insert recognizable time-tested Pearl to the set list to draw […]

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Don Julin “Jamming for Dummies” workshop


A Don Julin Workshop“Jamming for Dummies”  Wednesday, May 17 7:00 pm  We first met Don Julin during the 2012 National Mandolin Orchestra Convention held here in the Twin Cities.  He is the author of the best selling “Mandolin for Dummies” which had just been released when we met.  He has since added a second publication […]

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Bluegrass Jamming Class Begins This Weekend

Graham Sones will be teaching a Bluegrass Jamming Class using the Wernick Method beginning this Sunday, April 9.  The class will be held on consecutive Sundays through May 14 with the exception of Easter Sunday, April 16.  The class will be held from 1-5PM each Sunday.  Graham, as many you know, is a Scruggs-style picker with more than […]

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Homestead Ultimate Banjo Mutes

Banjo Mutes have always been a sought after item, and until now it has been difficult to find one that is light weight, easy to use and effective.  The Homestead Ultimate Banjo Mute solves the problem.  Made of solid brass, the Homestead Ultimate Banjo Mute is U shaped piece of brass lined with a fabric to keep it firmly in […]

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