There will be much to see here. So, take your time, look around, and learn all there is to know.
We hope you enjoy visiting with our Exhibitors on Friday and Saturday, 9:00am to 6:00pm.
Tom is the originator of Heli-mount banjos and other inventive designs admired by banjo enthusiasts everywhere. He has built Minneapolis-based Nechville Musical Products into a world-renowned banjo company.
Tom is a member of the Minnesota Country and Rock Hall of Fame and currently consults, teaches lessons, and performs Luthier work from Banjos West in Sisters Oregon. He works with his partner, Linda Leavitt and their bluegrass group, The Lois and Clark Expedition.
The WMF is excited to welcome the Oregon Bluegrass Association (OBA) to the Festival. The OBA is dedicated to the promotion, preservation, and performance of bluegrass and related music. Founded in 1982, the Oregon Bluegrass Association, is a volunteer-run, 501(c)(3), nonprofit arts organization consisting of both individual and band memberships. Based in Portland, Oregon, the OBA has chapters in both Salem and Roseburg, and is the umbrella organization for the Chick Rose School of Bluegrass.
Linda Leavitt will be hosting the OBA booth in the Exhibitor area. Linda serves on the OBA Board of Directors. She teaches bluegrass singing, harmony and how-to-jam workshops at festivals, camps and at Nechville Banjos West, where she serves as creative director. She is also the on-site coordinator of the American Banjo Camp in Port Orchard, WA. For nearly a decade, Linda co-coordinated Taborgrass, an adult bluegrass education program in Portland, OR. She has performed with Mountain Honey, the John Montgomery Band and currently performs with banjoist Tom Nechville in The Lois & Clark Expedition. Linda serves on the board of the Oregon Bluegrass Association and is the editor of the Oregon Bluegrass Express.
Be sure to ask Linda about the recently formed Central Oregon chapter of the Oregon Bluegrass Association.