Some of the youngest representatives of bluegrass music had the chance to showcase their skills on the Perelman stage at Carnegie Hall over the weekend. Sleepy Man Banjo Boys performed during the Music of Hope concert on Saturday, a benefit for the Golden Hat Foundation to help in their efforts to publicize the potential and intellectual capacities of those with autism.
The concert featuring 9 different performers along with the Montclair State University Symphony Orchestra was under the direction of Tim Janis. Tenor trio Forte was on hand, along with YouTube sensation Nick Pitera, singer/songwriter Amy Petty, piano pop artist Cami Bradley and several others.
The Sleepy Men are Jonny Mizzone on banjo with his brother Tommy on guitar, brother Robbie on fiddle, and Cory Piatt on mandolin and Blake Pitney on bass. All five are under 21, with Jonny bringing up the rear at just 11 years old.
The boys only got to play three songs on the show (Whitewater, Jonny’s Tune, Farthest Horizon), but all of them were psyched for the chance to share the stage with so many other young artists in pop, folk and classical music.