SMBA 2014 will be held May 1st - 4th at the Elliot Family Farms festival site just a few miles from Earl Scruggs' birthplace near Shelby, North Carolina. SMBA is proud to announce a merger with a huge new banjo festival, Five-String Fest. This venue is a great outdoor facility with two stages, log cabin structures for many of the food and craft vendors, a jam building, huge vendor area, and many modern amenities. Five-String Fest will boast a huge collection of banjo performers, and most of these will also be teaching classes for SMBA! The new Earl Scruggs Center, a museum dedicated to the Father of Bluegrass Banjo, is in nearby Shelby NC. Scheduled to appear:
Terry Baucom, The Grascals with Kristin Scott-Benson, J.D. Crowe, Ron Block, Cathy Fink and Marcy Marx, Tony Furtado, Jack Hatfield, Dan Levensen, James McKinney and the Night Travelers, The Freight Hoppers with Frank Lee, the Traveling McCoureys with Rob McCoury, Tom Nechville, Reno and Harrell with Don Wayne Reno, Marc Smith, Phillip Steinmetz, Leroy Troy and the Tennessee Mafia!
...many more to be announced, this is not even a third of the lineup!
email Jack Hatfield for information and mail-in registration form
Reports on previous Smoky Mountain Banjo Academys
Video of Larry McNeely at SMBA 2004