2018 Instructional Camps
This year we will feature two instructional camps in advance of the festival: A Bluegrass Instructional Camp with the Edgar Loudermilk Band feat. Jeff Autry along with fiddle master Chuck Millar; and a Sound Camp with Doug Lohman of Armadillo Sound & Design.
Bluegrass Instructional Camp
Attention all Bass players! 2018 is YOUR YEAR for Bluegrass Instructional Camp (also known as Jam Camp) as our host instructors will be the Edgar Loudermilk Band feat. Jeff Autry along with fiddle master Chuck Millar.
Bass: Edgar Loudermilk’s signature voice, bass skills, and songwriting are a family tradition for this Louvin Brothers’ descendant. Having experienced a long tenure of performing, including several industry awards, with IIIrd Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent, and Marty Raybon, in 2015 he stepped out forming his own band with the highly acclaimed guitarist, Jeff Autry.
Guitar: Jeff is highly regarded as one of the most talented guitarist of our time performing and recording with many of the bluegrass legends he grew up admiring, including Sam Bush, Vasser Clements, Ricky Skaggs, and Peter Rowan.You might recall Jeff Autry’s face melting guitar work when he came to Harvest Jam with the John Cowan Band.
Mandolin: Zach Autry is a self taught musician and singer who, although not instructed necessarily, but was nudged in the right direction by his musical mentors; notably, his father Jeff Autry and grandfather Bobby.
Banjo: Curtis “Bum” Bumgarner, a seasoned veteran in the music industry, can "drive the five" or can easily transcend into the swing tunes Loudermilk and Autry do so well.
Fiddle: Award winning fiddle player Chuck Millar, from the MBOTMA band No Grass Limit, started teaching at an early age of 17; he has continued to showcase his talents on and off stage by helping many new aspiring students to be great musicians and performers.
Camp Begins: Tuesday, August 7 at 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $125 until July 1 ($150: July 2 – August 1)
What to Expect: Classes and breakout sessions covering work in instrument groups (all divided into the 5 standard bluegrass instruments: guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle and mandolin), ensembles, seminars on lead and harmony singing, music theory, song arrangement, jam etiquette, and more. The camp will close out with all students performing their recitals on the Main Stage on Thursday evening.
2018 Sound Workshop Camp
Doug Lohman of Armadillo Sound & Design will be our audio and sound reinforcement faculty for a pre-festival 2018 Sound Workshop at the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival. This will be an intensive two-day workshop covering many aspects of audio production and sound reinforcement. The topics will be the nature and characteristics of audio, gear (analog and digital) and how to master it, and the characteristics of a successful sound person.
Camp begins: Wednesday, August 8th at 9 a.m.