April 9-10, 2010
Jens & Uwe Kruger’s
Banjo & Guitar Workshop
For months now, I have been working out the details for Fretmentor’s First Annual Banjo & Guitar Workshop – Featuring Jens & Uwe Kruger, to be held in Southeast Florida. In April 2009, I first approached Jens Kruger about the possibility of establishing what I hope will become an annual event for banjo and guitar (and in the future mandolin) community living or visiting Southeast Florida. For those who are not familiar with Jens Kruger, I encourage you to read my article that was published in the August 2009 issue of Banjo Newsletter or you can access the article at the Library section of www.fretmentor.com.
Jens Kruger is not only a unique and talented banjo player but I find him to be quite personable. Uwe Kruger, is an excellent guitar player and as the lead singer, establishes the foundation for the Kruger Brother’s warm and soothing sound. In fact, the entire band (which includes Uwe Kruger on guitar and Joel Landsberg on bass) is a special group of musicians. They engage their audience with a personal approach to their music, which includes not only bluegrass music but European flavored chamber style music. Once you go to see them in person, you will discover what a wonderful musical blend they have and will grow to admire their talent.
Fretmentor’s 1st Annual Banjo & Guitar Workshop – Featuring Jens & Uwe Kruger, will be a wonderful opportunity for banjo and guitar students to not only learn beginning through advanced technique on their instruments, but for each student to get up close and personal with two of the finest European born musicians to visit Southeast Florida. If the workshop was not enough, each attendee will also have the opportunity to win some prizes, which include two banjos donated from First Quality Musical Supplies and the Deering Banjo Company. Others sponsors, including Intellitouch Tuners, Banjo Newsletter, Homespun Music Instruction, Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine and Acoustic Guitar Magazine, will be giving away prizes as well.
In addition to the weekend workshop on Friday and Saturday, workshop attendees will also be able to purchase some of the best tickets in a block that I have reserved for the Kruger’s Brother’s Sunday concert in Palm Beach. If you are a Kruger Brother’s fan, you will not want to miss this opportunity and if you do not know much about them, you will soon become a fan and follower after attending this special event. I look forward to seeing you all in Lake Worth Florida on April 9th and 10th, 2010.