One of the memorable IBMA events from the old Owensboro days is slated to return this year when the World Of Bluegrass is hosted in Nashville for the first time. The FanFeast, a fundraiser for The International Bluegrass Museum’s Video Oral History Project, is scheduled for Saturday morning, October 29 from 8:30-11:00 a.m. in the Music City Ballroom of the Renaissance Hotel (adjoining the Convention Center where WOB is being held).
The format is one in which bluegrass fans who purchase a $30 ticket to the event are served breakfast by a stable of bluegrass luminaries, all of whom agree to function as wait staff to benefit the IBMM’s time-critical efforts to create this video chronicle of the early pioneers of bluegrass music.
The IBMM describes the Video Oral History Project thusly:
With its Video Oral History Project, IBMM is producing documentary-style videos to chronicle the lives of the 223 performers recognized as being the First Generation of Bluegrass Musicians. This will help us remember these important cultural icons and make it possible for our children and great-grandchildren to learn from their lives and musical styles. The collection will be held on-site at the Museum, and will present an unprecedented opportunity for visitors to the museum to see and hear the music and learn about the lives of the first Bluegrass Masters
FanFeast is limited to 200 guests, and will also feature a Live Auction with items donated and offered at auction ranging from memorabilia like an original Phil Zimmerman photo of the 1975 New South and a fiddle autographed by Charlie Daniels, to a new Gibson F5-G mandolin with a strap autographed by all the artists who performed on the Legends Concert at the 2005 River Of Music Party in Owensboro, KY this past June.
They are still soliciting donations for the FanFeast auction, and if you would like to contribute an item – or make any sort of donation to the Video Oral History Project, you can contact Linda Perry at 888-692-2656, or by email.
FanFeast tickets can be purchased on the IBMM web site.