2020 Press Release

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Organizers have announced the dates for the Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival 2020 in New Orleans. The sixth annual festival is set for a five-day run January 15, 2020 through January 19, 2020 – and will again offer a mix of school clinics, workshops, panel discussions, interviews and live music performances at a variety of venues, including the New Orleans Jazz Museum, Snug Harbor, NOCCA, UNO and the George and Joyce Wein Center.

The live music performances will feature an all-star array of New Orleans artists – and internationally known special guests – including Grammy-nominated vocalist Maria Muldaur (https://www.mariamuldaur.com ), legendary Haitian guitarist and educator Claude Carre` (www.claudecarre.com ) and Senegalese kora master Morikeba Kouyate. A complete schedule of festival events is attached.

The core of the 2020 festival is the 5-day (January 15, 2020 – January 19, 2020) celebration at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, The Life and Legacy of Danny Barker: Great Music and Talk – with live music, interviews and panel discussions. The festival will also feature a series of special events at other locations, including the following: the Pickin’, Pluckin’ and Strummin’ all-star banjo and guitar concert at the George and Joyce Wein Center on the evening of January 15, 2020; a tour of the Whitney Plantation, including bus transportation, live music on the bus, the 90 minute tour, a box lunch – and afternoon festival activities at the Jazz Museum.  Evening performances at Snug Harbor by internationally-acclaimed vocalist Maria Muldaur spotlighting the music from her Grammy-nominated 2018 recording Don’t You Feel My Leg: The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker.

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Danny Barker Festival is a 501c3

The mission of the Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival is to showcase and highlight the many contributions and accomplishments of NEA Jazz Master Danny Barker: musician, singer, songwriter, raconteur extraordinaire and author – who played guitar and banjo with many top jazz artists over the course of his 70 year plus career – and served as a mentor to numerous young New Orleans artists who have since come to prominence, including Wynton Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Leroy Jones, Gregg Stafford, Dr. Michael White and Lucien Barbarin.


Sponsors of the Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival 2020 include WWL-TV, The City of New Orleans, New Orleans Tourism Bureau, The New Orleans Jazz Museum, Louisiana Seafood, The Whitney Plantation, Threadhead, OffBEAT, National Park Service, The Terrell House , Legendary Tours, Harrah’s, Haunted History Tours, New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic and Assistance Foundation, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Newcorp.inc, NOCCA, Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro, UNO Jazz Studies Program, WWOZ. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available. For complete sponsorship information please contact festival Executive Producer Detroit Brooks – 504-452-6705 – detroitbrooks@yahoo.com.