2013 Banjo Rally Headliners: Kurt & Athens Abell
2013 Special Guest Performers: New Orleans Krewe and more...
Click here to check out Athens Abell's video of the 2012 Banjo Rally International
When: August 28-31, 2013 (Wednesday through Saturday)
Where: Best Western Inn of the Ozarks & Convention Center
207 West Van Buren
Eureka Springs, Arkansas 72632
Tel: 800-552-3785 or 479-253-9768
This hotel venue is of high quality and convenient, featuring very fine convention facilities in
a separate building with ample parking, great guest rooms, an excellent staff providing
wonderful southern hospitality and an outstanding restaurant touted by "locals."
Eureka Springs, Arkansas is a vacation destination in the beautiful Ozark Mountains
with many attractions for the whole family.
A trolley transportation system, with frequent service, stops at this Best Western Inn
and provides inexpensive transportation to most
Eureka Springs attractions
Airline service and rental cars are available at the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
in Bentonville, Arkansas, Branson, Missouri and Springfield, Missouri
The Banjo Rally International is tailored for players of 4-string plectrum and tenor banjos,
but players of other acoustic instruments attend, perform and are always welcomed as well,
including players of 5-string banjo, ukulele, mandolin, guitar, piano, tuba, string bass,
stumpf fiddle, washboard and even a few front-line horns (clarinet, trombone and trumpet
- usually played by those who also play banjo or other string instruments).
The skill level of players ranges from beginner to seasoned professional. Participants rang
in age from 10 to 95 years of age.
What: Performance opportunities
for players at local venues, institutions and other facilities;
evening shows at the Best Western Convention Center and "jam sessions" at all hours of
the day and night.
Music genres at the Banjo Rally International feature tunes from the Tin Pan Alley era,
Traditional Jazz, sing-a-longs, Ragtime, Broadway Show tunes, "Swing," traditional
"folk" music, Bluegrass
and novelty tunes, plus clean jokes, wild stories and more.
A vendor room offering opportunity to see and acquire quality instruments,
instrument accessories, sheet music, instruction materials and access instrument maintenance
services and advice from experienced luthiers and players.
Spouses and families of players can enjoy shopping and all the other attractions in Eureka
Springs and surrounding area. Spouses can partake of the Saturday luncheon at the
Simply Scrumptious Tea Room
Public evening shows are held on Friday and Saturday nights with quality performers and
very reasonable admission prices. The public shows begin at 7:00 pm and last until they are
After the evening shows, "jam sessions" usually breakout in every nook and cranny of the
convention Center and evening show attendees are welcome to linger and enjoy these
On Friday evening, there is the Friday Evening Grand Banquet plus a Saturday Evening
Banquet, both at the Best Western Inn's Convention Center
Banjo Rally participants are encouraged to attend the banquets as partaking of these meals
provides the primary support $$$ for our use of the Convention Center facility. The public
may partake of the banquets too, providing space is available and reservations are made
by the day before the banquets.
"Banjo music is like vitamins... if you don't get enough you won't feel good!"
See the "Info" page to view and print the on-line Banjo Rally Registration and
Table Selection Forms