Fiddler’s Convention

Three days of Free, Live, Bluegrass Music

September 19-21, 2014

The Berlin Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for our biggest event of the year – the Berlin Fiddler’s Convention! The beloved event returns to Berlin’s Historic Main Street for the 22nd year, September 19-21. Bluegrass musicians from across the country will descend upon “America’s Coolest Small Town” to vie for cash prizes and bragging rights in Adult and Youth Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, and Bluegrass Band competitions.

Each year, the Fiddler’s Convention draws thousands of visitors and locals to Berlin for the free, live-music event, with crowds and talent growing each year. The festival is comprised of three fun-filled days of bluegrass entertainment. The event officially kicks off Friday night at 7pm with a live performance from last year’s winning band, The Wood Pickers.

Also performing Friday evening will be this year’s exciting headlining act, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen. The Berlin Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to present the five-time International Bluegrass Music Associated Award nominated band. Described as a “tasty bluegrass/newgrass stew simmered from a blend of instrumental, vocal, and songwriting skills,” Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen also tout a collection of awards and accolades, including Frank Solivan’s esteemed reputation as one of the best mandolinists around. What’s more, banjoist Mike Mumford and guitarist Chris Luquette were named 2013 IBMA’s Banjo Player of the Year and Instrumentalist of the Year Momentum, respectively. Rounded out by bassist Dan Booth, the bluegrass band earned Best Bluegrass Band honors from the Washington Area Music Association for the past three years. Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen will headline Friday night, playing from 8pm to 10pm, as well as Saturday afternoon, from 11am to 12pm.

In addition to the encore performance of Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Saturday’s events will include a second performance from The Wood Pickers and a full day of both youth and adult competitions in best Band, Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, and Mandolin. All ages will showcase their well-crafted talents for the crowds from 12pm until 5pm, with awards presented at 5pm. The winning band will be back next year as the 23rd Fiddler’s Convention Opening Act! Be sure and stick around Berlin after Saturdays’ activities to enjoy all that Berlin has to offer, from shopping to dining.

Sunday culminates the Fiddler’s Convention with a relaxing and enjoyable Bluegrass Gospel Jam on the lawn of the Taylor House Museum, starting at 11am.

We hope that you will consider being a sponsor of this wonderful Berlin event. By becoming a sponsor, you will not only be contributing to the weekend activities, but you will also gain valuable business exposure to thousands of potential customers. Click HERE to see photos of previous Berlin Fiddler’s Conventions and to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. We invite you to join the Berlin Chamber of Commerce in once again making the Berlin Fiddler’s Convention a success!


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Frank Solivan
and Dirty Kitchen

Friday from 8 – 10 PM,
Saturday 11 AM – 12 PM

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen stir up a tasty bluegrass/newgrass stew simmered from a blend of instrumental, vocal, and songwriting skills so hot, it earned them five 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Award Nominations, and wins for members Mike Munford (Banjo Player of the Year) and guitarist Chris Luquette (Momentum Award – Instrumentalist of the Year). Their new album, Cold Spell , is already making listeners hungry for more. Click HERE to visit the band’s personal website.

Current IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) nominations for Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen 2014 (winners to be announced October 2, 2014 at the IBMA Awards Ceremony, Raleigh, NC)

Instrumental Group of the Year,
Male Vocalist of the Year (Frank Solivan), Mandolin Player of the Year (Frank Solivan), Banjo Player of the Year (Mike Munford)

Last year’s winning band
The Wood Pickers
Kicks off the event Friday Night at 7:00 PM!!

2014 Music Lineup

Friday, Sept 19th: 7pm – 10pm

  • 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm: The Wood Pickers
  • 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen

Saturday, Sept 20th: 10am – 5pm

  • 10:00 am: Registration
  • 10:00 am – 11:00 pm: The Wood Pickers
  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
  • 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Music Competition
  • 5:00 pm: Awards

Sunday, Sept 21st

  • Noon – 3:00 pm: Bluegrass Gospel Jam at Taylor House Museum

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