About The Danny Barker Festival

The Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival was organized to preserve the importance of art, education and culture, which will erode in time, if not cherished and celebrated to evolve the youth of a new generation. We are also creating opportunities for musicians to have another work outlet, bringing music as a community outreach to senior citizens and also generating another resource of  revenue for the economic development of our great city of New Orleans.  It was Mr. Barker’s greatest wish that the Banjo and Guitar be the instruments of choice to carry the tradition forward.   One of the goals of the Danny Barker Banjo and Guitar Festival is to generate funds to develop and implement sustainable outreach to senior centers in the Greater New Orleans Area to reconnect our seniors to the style of music that many grew up loving. This was very important to Danny Barker and this festival is a vehicle to keep his dream alive. Most important, is the music and education component which explains the origin and development of the music over the years. By offering workshops, master classes and clinics, this is a “hands on” approach to instruction and education. The application of this music is endless and thought provoking.