Banjo Raffle at the Leo

IMG_0091No more banjo jokes, please. The Deering Banjo Company of California (the only American banjo company) has donated a Goodtime™ Openback banjo to the Queen City Balladeers to help fund ArtSong, the Balladeers’ summer concert series.

The Balladeers will raffle off the Goodtime Banjo (a $500 retail value) starting April 27 at the Leo and then throughout the summer concert series. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. The winner will be announced at the final summer concert.

ArtsWave is also supporting ArtSong (the summer concert series) with a $1,500 grant.

Become an ArtSong Sponsor

Even with all this generous support, the Balladeers still need members friends support to ensure the summer concert tradition continues. The concerts currently cost about $3,000 each summer – even with the performers, sound crew, and stage crew volunteering their time. There is no guarantee ArtsWave will support the concert series every year, so the more support from members and friends, the better.

There are four sponsorship levels.

  • The Stephen Foster Level: $50 to $99
  • The Guthrie Level: $100 to $249
  • The Leadbelly Level: $250 to $499
  • The Seeger Level: $500 and above

Sponsors contributing $100 or more will be listed in the concert program each week if they choose. (The QCB Board of Officers has pooled resources and is making the first donation at the Seeger Level.)

The concerts will be in the Fath Auditorium at the Cincinnati Art Museum again this summer. We will announce the details as we have them.

Producing ArtSong/EdenSong is a team effort, from the sound & stage crews to the Membership & CD sales table to hosting in the Green Room. We’ll be happy for your financial contribution, but a contribution of your time is welcome as well!

Because of your help and support “it’s all about the music”.

The Leo Schedule

April 27, 2014
Emcee: Neville Pohl
5:30 PM Open Jam
All welcome.

Celtic Jam
Upstairs. All Welcome

1ST SET (7PM) Jerome Scott
At the intersection of Celtic and bluegrass.”
2ND SET (7:30PM) Greg Mahan
Cincy-based singer-songwriter.
3RD SET (8:15PM) The Happy Maladies
Blending folk melodies, jazz harmony, and classical training and precision, The Happy Maladies’ songs become unique, through composed adventures in an all-acoustic landscape. A Leo debut!

A downloadable PDF of 2013-2014 schedule


Queen City Balladeers’ workshops provide great opportunities to get up close and personal with folks who offer expertise in a variety of areas. Not only will you learn something, the workshops are fun!

Workshops will start around 5:30 and run about an hour, upstairs at the Leo. All workshops are free for QCB members and are $5 for non-members.

Here are the workshops scheduled for the rest of the 2014 season.

May 4. 2013

Butch Ross will teach beginning dulcimer technique

Mt. Healthy Festival Seeking Musicians

Celebrate Mt. Healthy, an annual fall festival, is looking for musicians. The organization in charge is needs enough musicians for three locations that would provide music all day. The date of the festival is Saturday, September 13, 2014.

Anyone interested please contact Sandy Young at Skyoung513 (at)yahoo.com or R. Rissel at Rrissel(at)mthealthy.org

(In order to avoid spam, I’ve modified the emails. You will have to change the (at) into an @)

ArtsWave Grant to Fund ArtSong

ArtsWave_Brandmark_With_TagThe Queen City Balladeers is proud to announce that ArtsWave has awarded our organization a grant in the amount of $1,500 to support our annual Summer Concert Series.

A Cincinnati institution, ArtsWave began as the Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts in 1927, founded by Mr. & Mrs. Charles P. and Anna Sinton Taft.  In 1949, the Cincinnati Institute of Fine Arts established the Fine Arts Fund as an annual, community-wide campaign in support of local arts organizations.

In 1978, the Fund expanded its support of Cincinnati’s artistic community to establish a “Projects Pool” to provide special one-time grants to smaller arts organizations in the region.  The grant awarded to the QCB is from that pool.

The Fine Arts Fund — now known as ArtsWave — has transformed its structure, goals, strategies, and name to meet a new mission: to be a leader and regional catalyst working to advance the vitality and vibrancy of Greater Cincinnati by mobilizing the creative energy of the entire community.

Learn more about ArtsWave at www.theartswave.org.

Get the Cool Gear Now

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Buy cool Queen City Balladeers merchandise — hats and shirts — embroidered with the QCB logo for you and all your friends.

Start your shopping spree here.

Spread the Word About the Balladeers

You can be on the Balladeers “Street Team” and help spread the word about who we are and what we do.

To learn more about helping to promote the Balladeers (with some links to information about using social media to promote anything) click Help Market the Queen City Balladeers.

Queen City Balladeers Officers

Officers for the 2013-2014 Leo Coffeehouse season are:

  • President – Pete Armstrong
  • Vice President – Chris Beiri
  • Treasurer – Bev Hansen
  • Secretary – Miriam Stenson
  • Historian – Chuck Black

The board is responsible for all financial decisions and for setting the direction for the Balladeers for the year in which the officers serve. The board year begins in September, with the opening of the club, and ends the following year when the club opens and a new board is installed.

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