Sleepy Man Banjo Boys to Play TED

by | 8 Feb, 2013

SleepyMBBEach year, the world’s leading thinkers and doers gather for an event many describe as the highlight of their year. Attendees have called it “The ultimate brain spa” and “A 4-day journey into the future, in the company of those creating it.

The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys have been invited to be one of the selected performers for the upcoming TED2013 Conference to be held in Long Beach California.

Bringing together over 70 speakers & artists, The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys promises to be a fast-moving program covering an incredible variety of topics:  A question puzzling economists, innovation research, robotics design, advancements in neuroscience, and yes, some brothers from Jersey playing bluegrass.

The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys:
Forty-five minutes from New York City in the western hills of New Jersey live the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. With a combined age younger than music’s Hip-Hop era, ten-year-old banjo picker Jonny Mizzone along with his brothers Robbie (13) on fiddle, and Tommy (14) on guitar are working to bring their up-tempo acoustic string music to the next generation. Inspired by the 1950’s music of Flatt & Scruggs & The Stanley Brothers, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys are passionate about sharing their God-given musical gifts and invite you to watch them grow.

TED is a nonprofit organisation, devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences — the TED Conference on the West Coast each spring, and the TEDGlobal conference in Edinburgh UK each summer — TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.