Author Archives: Marv Menzel

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!

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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

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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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Gypsy Swing Jam

There’s a new jam in town. Monday, November 7, 7:00 pm is the inaugural session of the new Gypsy Swing Jam. Its a jam for folks interested in the gypsy jazz of Django Reinhardt and American swing and jazz standards. This jam is recommended for intermediate to advanced players with some background in the music.; […]

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Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands are coming to town

Laurie Lewis is one of the most celebrated song writers and performers in the world of Bluegrass music today.  We are delighted to be able to host Laurie and her band, The Right Hands on Saturday, October 29.  The Right Hands are long time musical partner, Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber and Max Schwartz.  This will […]

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Deering Banjo Ukuleles arrive

Just received our first shipment of two Deering Goodtime banjo ukuleles.  There has been lots of buzz about these instruments and our first examination tells us they are everything they were promised to be.  The attached photo replaces the 1,000 words we were going to put in this space.  We have more on order, but […]

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Join us to wish Holle Brian Bon Voyage and Happy Trails

Holle Brian will be leaving The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor this Thursday, May 28. Holle and husband Rich have sold their house in South Minneapolis and have purchased another in Taylors Falls, MN.  We are inviting all interested parties who have had a chance to be served by Holle here at The Homestead Pickin’ Parlor to gather with […]

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Loring Park Acoustic Music Festival Date Set

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And don’t you dare miss it.  Saturday, June 13, 2015.  It’s held in Minneapolis’ historic Loring Park.  It’s a FREE festival and runs from 12:00 noon to 8 pm.  Food vendors are on site and horse and carriage rides will be available. This year, the festival will feature The Wild Goose Chase Cloggers, The Little Thunderbirds, Frank […]

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