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.
Phil Zimmerman’s Bluegrass Time – Books and photographic prints of the early Bluegrass festivals, and first and second generation bluegrass musicians.
Cromwell, CT 06416
Darwin K. Davidson Photography – Photography of bluegrass musicians, either onstage during a performance, or in a setting of your choice.
Deer Isle, Maine
Gillander Guitars – Handcrafted steel-string guitars made in Massachusetts.
Guitar Shop of Johnson String Instrument strives to bring you the highest quality instruments at the best possible price. Family owned and operated for over 40 years, we are Authorized Dealers for Eastman Guitars and Mandolins, Guild Guitars, Cordoba Guitars, and the JSI exclusive AJ Series Guitars.
1029 Chestnut Street
Newton Upper Falls, MA
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
Music Camps North, Inc. – Music Camps North, Inc. sponsors Mandolin Camp North on April 12-14, 2019, and Banjo Camp North on May 17-19, 2019, both for beginners through advanced players.
PO Box 674, Putney VT 05346.
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.
Located in Cumberland, RI and Rehoboth, MA
2352 Mendon Road
Cumberland, RI 02864
Bravo Musical Instruments
492 Winthrop St. (Rte. 44)
Rehoboth, MA 02769
WERU – WERU Community Radio is an independent, noncommercial, educational media organization that engages with the local community to provide diverse music, independent news, public affairs and cultural content that connects, informs, and inspires. Our motto is to be a “voice of many voices”. WERU will have a huge selection of our duplicate CDs and LPs for sale at the table.
Your Heaven Audio – Your Heaven ® Audio invented and makes microphone systems for acoustic instruments. A small device clips on, our 5 minute software setup process analyzes the acoustical properties of your specific instrument, and creates a ‘profile’ that it loads onto our processor box. The result is your instrument’s exact sound as if in a good studio, but with rejection of surrounding noise and feedback similar to that from a pickup.