The Fretted Instrument Guild of America (FIGA) will be honoring the Deering Banjo Company at their annual convention in Oklahoma City, during the weekend 13th to 16th July. Deering Banjo Company is being inducted into the Hall of Fame because of their association with the vintage trademark Vega. This over 100 year old trademark has been part of the Deering Banjo Company since 1989 and they have upheld the strong traditions of the historical line of banjos for decades.
Greg and Janet Deering will be at the event to receive this honor and are bringing a broad selection of Deering banjos for display in the vendor area of the Sheraton Bricktown Hotel location. The event is open to the public and it is a wonderful opportunity to see a choice selection of American 4-string , 5-string and 6-string banjos made by the Spring Valley, CA, based company.
Greg Deering will be presenting The History of Deering & Vega Banjos workshop at 11:–am on Friday, in the Great Plaines Meeting Room, and on Saturday from 9:00am, banjo enthusiasts have the opportunity to hear Greg Deering talk about How to Set Up Your Banjo for the Best Tone in the Red Carpet Meeting Room of the Sheraton Bricktown Hotel.
There are many special events planned for the weekend among which is a special outdoor concert on Saturday night, 16th July, in the parking lot at the corner of Oklahoma and Sheridan. This family friendly event is free to the public. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy performances by the All Stars Youth Banjo Band, Ken Aoki, Cynthia Sayer, Doug Mattocks, Debbie Schreyer, and the Micky Finn Show.
FIGA is a non-profit musical organization with a world-wide membership of banjo, ukulele, mandolin, and guitar players and fans.
This convention in Oklahoma City is a rare chance to meet Janet and Greg Deering, see a unique selection of Deering banjos and meet some of the world’s renown jazz banjo artists. Visit the FIGA website for more details.