5 things to expect at Kaufman Kamp
1. To meet new friends who are playing and learning acoustic music
2. To learn something new on your instrument every day.
4. Amazing concerts every night.
5. Friday night door prizes (last year, a lucky winner won a new Collings guitar)
Most of all, it's a fun time, and a week well-spent. Find out more.
Carlo Aonzo at Kaufman Kamp
One of our favorite instructors, Italian mandolin player Carlo Aonzo is back at 2016 Kaufman Kamp!
Molly Tuttle back at Kaufman Kamp
There's a new crop of amazing guitarists on the bluegrass music scene. One of the best is Molly Tuttle, as Kaufman Kampers found out in 2015. Check out Molly's great picking on "Gentle on My Mind."
9 Things to Know About Kaufman Kamp
1. Beautiful Surroundings
The Maryville College campus is spacious and beautiful. You can see the Smokey Mountains in the distance, and be at Cade's Cove in a half an hour.
2. New Friends
It's one of those weeks where everybody leaves the crap of their daily lives at home, and enjoys playing music, talking about music, learning music, meeting people who are as crazy as you are about music--finally a place you can talk about Sam Bush and Tony Rice, and people know what you are mean.
3. Approachable teaching staff
You've got teachers on staff, many who are the heroes of the genre, who you can walk right up to and pick their brain about music.
4. An organized event
This event is well-planned. Steve and Donna have the experience running this Kamp for over 20 years, and it runs great.
5. A place for beginners too
Nobody can learn an instrument in a week, but there's a place for new pickers. Organized Jamming Classes with Keith and Tony, beginner level classes, Bluegrass 101.
6. A place to learn from the best
We didn't have anything like this to go to when I was learning. I would have LOVED to have taken a class from Steve Kaufman, Matt Flinner, or Robert Bowlin.
I love bluegrass, but there's a whole lot of music that surrounds bluegrass that I like too--old time, country, blues, rockabilly, swing, etc. The teachers come from a wide background to make sure there's something for everybody. A quick look at the week 2 faculty, and you'll see an italian mandolinist, a bluegrass legend, and some of the hottest young guitar players on the scene.
8. Maryville College
The rooms are comfortable, the food is good, and the college is peaceful and beautiful. If you need to go off campus, anything you need (WalMart, Starbucks) is within a short drive.
9. Bang for the buck
The cost of Kamp covers all the classes, nightly concerts, food and accomodations. I don't think there's another camp that is this well-run, this much fun, and this comfortable for the money.
Here's the official Kaufman Kamp website.
"Nashville Cat" at Kaufman Kamp
Russ Barenburg is a featured teacher during week 1. He played on two of my favorite albums from my childhood--Mark O'Conner's "New Nashville Cats," and the first actual CD I ever owned, "Barenburg, Douglas, and Meyer." Russ also played on the effervescent "Transatlantic Sessons," which combines acoustic talent from both sides of the Atlantic.
Steve Kaufman's Acoustic Kamp is one of the best music camps of its kind. If you love music, this week is for you!
Spend a week in beautiful Tennessee, not far from the Smokey Mountains, doing what you love--playing music, learning music, and meeting people who love music as much as you do from all over the world.
If you've never been to a music camp, this is the right one to go to. Voted as the #1 music camp for over 12 years by the readers of Acoustic Guitar Magazine, Kaufman Kamp (Kamp, for short) is well-run, organized, and most of all, FUN.
My dad played music, and taught me to play--he gave me opportunities to learn from his friends who were great musicians. But I know that not everybody has that access.
If you sit at home figuring out the mandolin from tab, slowing-down YouTube videos, or squinting at Skype Lessons, Kamp is for you!
You'll get a front-row seat to classes with the pros, a chance to ask the questions you've been wanting to ask, but your broadband connection wouldn't let you.
These guys all know how to teach, and are approachable.
Matt Flinner--Leader of the Matt Flinner Trio, plays in the Modern Mandolin Quartet. One of the most versatile and accomplished mandolin players you'll ever meet, but can still break down the fundamentals of a bluegrass mandolin solo.
Steve Smith--Killer bluegrass mandolin player from Austin, TX.
Carlo Aonzo--From Italy, a world-class mandolinst.
Bruce Graybill-- 2-time National Champion mandolinist.
Tim Connell--A serious player--Whoa!
Andy Hatfield--National Champion on guitar and mandolin.
Check out Kaufman Kamp, June 19-25, 2016