Sleepy Man Banjos Boys invited to TED

Sleepy Man Banjos BoysThe three young Mizzone boys from New Jersey have made quite a splash tis past two years, performing as Sleepy Man Banjo Boys. From a number of simple home videos that exploded on YouTube, to appearances on network television and a popular stage show has…

Now the boys find themselves invited to present at the prestigious TED Conference in California later this month. The conference is dedicated to “ideas worth spreading,” in the areas of Technology, Entertainment and Design.

TED organizers discovered the Mizzones (Johnny, Robbie and Tommy) though YouTube, and invited them last year to perform at a smaller venue in New York for an affiliated event. They apparently liked what they saw, as a call came in January to invite the boys for the main conference in Long Beach in 2013.

Their 9 minute stage slot will include a few songs, and some prepared remarks from the boys.

A live audience attends all of the TED presentations, and a live stream is offered to schools, universities and businesses through TED Live.

Knock it out of the park, boys!

2013 won’t be the first time a banjo picker has been invited to TED. Abigail Washburn spoke (and picked) there last year.

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