Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps announce 2008 dates

The award-winning Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps will hold classes the week of June 8 for finger style guitar, dobro, acoustic bass, fiddle, bluegrass and old time banjo. The week of June 15, the camp will hold classes for flatpicking guitar and mandolin. Each night the Kamp will host concerts at the newly refurbished Maryville College Alumni Hall.

The goal of these Kamps is to gather musicians of all levels from around the globe who share the goals of learning, playing and sharing music in a non-competitive atmosphere that encourages musicians of all levels to grow musically and seek new ways of playing their instruments. Typically at least ten countries are represented by the students.

Kaufman began producing books and videos in 1989 after teaching private lessons for close to 20 years. He has since created over 75 instructional materials and over 14 CDs and videos.

He began touring the world conducting seminars, workshops, clinics and concerts in 1990 and after five years he and his wife, Donna, began Steve Kaufman’s Flatpicking Camp. Every other year they have added more camps into their agenda and now under the title of Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps they host a Fingerpicking Kamp, Old Time Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo and Mandolin Kamp as well. They have grown into the largest “Kamps” of their kind and have students traveling from around the world to Maryville. Since 2002, Steve Kaufman has received the Gold Award from a reader’s poll in Acoustic Guitar Magazine for running the Best Workshops, Seminars and Camps.

Kaufman stays busy being a husband and father, running his Kamps and his touring schedule, writing books and recording videos and CDs, as well as owning and operating The Palace Theater in downtown Maryville, the area’s premier acoustic venue and espresso bar. For more information visit the Web site at www.palacetheater.com.

The instructors for the week of June 8 include Pete Huttlinger and T.J. Wheeler for finger style guitar. Bluegrass banjo instructors will be Bob Black, Gary Davis, Janet Davis, and Murphy Henry. Rusty Holloway and Missy Raines are the instructors for acoustic bass. Bobby and Cathy Hicks and Barbara Lamb will teach fiddle. Doug Cox and Stacy Phillips are teaching dobro. Laura Boosinger and Jim Pankey are old time banjo instructors.

The instructors for the week of June 15 include Russ Barenberg, Kathy Barwick, Mitch Corbin, Mark Cosgrove, Beppe Gambetta, John Goldie, Chris Jones, Steve Kaufman and Chris Newman for flatpicking guitar. The mandolin camp instructors will be Carlo Aonzo, Butch Baldassari, Robin Bullock, David Harvey, Emory Lester, Son Stiernberg and Roland White.

Registration information is available at www.acoustic-kamp.com or by calling 1-800-352-8745 or 865-982-3808.

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