Joe Val’s Vendor Expo provides you an ideal opportunity to meet and support many of the New England luthiers and shop owners who support bluegrass music in the northeast.  We have invited a number of independent luthiers from throughout the area to share with you their unique designs and craftsmanship.  Feel free to try out different instruments, discuss a repair, or ask questions about what they are aiming to achieve with their instrument designs.  Many of the area’s most supportive shop owners will also be back providing everything you need for late night jamming, instructional material to help you improve your skill level and enjoyment, and instruments made by national manufacturers. You can even learn about area music camps and festivals, have that minor instrument repair or setup done while you are enjoying the shows, or purchase some photographs from area artists for your home.

The Expo will be open on the lower level in and directly outside the Carlisle Room on Friday from 5:00-8:00pm, on Saturday from 10:00am-8:00pm, and again on Sunday from 10:00am-4:00pm.

Vendors will include:

‘born again basses’ – Bringing upright basses to life again.
George Bibler
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BluegrassTime.com – Books and photographic prints of the early Bluegrass festivals, and first and second generation bluegrass musicians.
Box 1034
Cromwell, CT 06416
860-463-6755
http://www.bluegrasstime.com

Darwin K. Davidson Photography – Photography of bluegrass musicians, either onstage during a performance, or in a setting of your choice.
Deer Isle, Maine
207-348-7767
http://www.darwindavidson.com

Guitar Shop of Johnson String Instrument strives to bring you the highest quality instruments at the best possible price.  Family owned and operated for 40 years, we are Authorized Dealers for Eastman Guitars, Guild Guitars, Cordoba Guitars, and the JSI exclusive AJ Series Guitars.
1029 Chestnut Street
Newton Upper Falls, MA
800-359-9351
www.johnsonstring.com

Mockingbird Music Company, Inc. is a full service Music Store/School offering instruments and accessories for all levels.  We are dealers for Nelson, Recording King, Deering, Kentucky, Goldtone, Eastman, The Loar, Luna, Dean and many others.  We offer individual and group lessons and have an on-site luthier for all of your custom instrument and repair/restoration needs.
215 South Street
Berlin, MA
978-838-2344
www.mockingbirdmusic.com

Music Camps North, Inc. – Music Camps North, Inc. sponsors Guitar & Mandolin Camp North on April 7-9, 2017 (mandolin, guitar, and Dobro®), and Banjo Camp North on May 19-21, 2017 (banjo, fiddle, and ukulele), both for beginners through advanced players.
P.O. Box 17, Cromwell, CT 06416
203-362-8807
http://www.musiccampsnorth.com

Rick’s Musical Instruments – Selling top quality brass, woodwind and percussion instruments as well as guitars, electronics, and pro audio in RI, MA, and CT.  Rick’s is the ultimate one-stop music store with quality customer service, professional expertise, and attention to detail.
Cumberland, RI and Rehoboth, MA
401 658 3404
ricksmusicalinstruments.com