Reels and Reels

George Eastman HouseLocated in Rochester, NY, the George Eastman House is a museum of photography and film housed in the mansion of the late George Eastman, the founder of Eastman Kodak Company. The museum is an independent non-profit, dedicated to educating people in the history of photography and motion pictures. The building itself, built between 1902 and 1905, is a National Historic Landmark.

Beginning this Friday, September 14, 2007, and running through the weekend, the museum will present a three day music and film festival called Reels and Reels. The three day event includes an exhibition of rare banjos at the museum on Friday, a claw hammer style banjo workshop on Saturday, and an all day music festival on Sunday. In addition to these activities, Friday and Saturday the museum will be showing ongoing film screenings featuring traditional American String-band performers, with a focus on the banjo, in the Curtis Theatre.

Sunday morning before the concerts get underway, Bob Carlin will present a lecture on his new book The Birth of the Banjo. Carlin will be headlining the concert event later that evening.

The concert is being produced jointly by the George Eastman House and Bernunzio Vintage Instruments.

More information is available, and tickets can be purchased, online at the museum’s website.