To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Richter Mandolin Camp for the Rest of us, the 2023 faculty concert will be offered to the general public. We’re very excited to share the energy of this camp and the love the mandolin to you! Through faculty Mike Compton, Don Julin, Jim Richter, and Laurelyn Dossett, the concert will cover the spectrum of mandolin music from bluegrass to jazz, blues to old-time, and rock-n-roll to singer-songwriter. Joined by friends the Banister Bluegrass Band, Gordon Bonham, and special guests, the faculty concert will be an incredible night of music in an intimate space.
The 2023 Richter Mandolin Camp Faculty Concert will be Friday July 14th, 2023. Doors open 6:45P. Show starts at 7:15P. It will be at the Monroe County History Center auditorium (202 E 6th St, Bloomington, IN 47408). Seating for those attending the Richter Mandolin Camp will be reserved; the remainder of seating will be general admission.
Tickets are $30. Due to limited seating, tickets will only be offered for online purchase. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Tickets can be purchased here in the Mandolin Camp shop.
We’d love to thank our sponsors: GHS Strings, Kimble Mandolins, and the Grant Street Inn.
Those performing in the two-hour concert:
- Jim Richter
- Jim Richter is a multi-instrumentalist who over the last 40 years has focused on roots-based American music with a special emphasis on traditional electric and acoustic blues. Jim is well-regarded for his modernization of blues mandolin, as well as his additional efforts in making mandolin a primary voice in classic rock music. Jim started the Mandolin Camp for the Rest of Us in 2011. Jim’s discography includes his own double album In-Tuition, The Road Home (tribute to Butch Baldassari), Tribute to Yank Rachell, Hootenanny with Gordon Bonham (live concert DVD), and Too Damn Cold by the Forecasters.
- Mike Compton
- Befriended and mentored by Bill Monroe, the acknowledged Father of Bluegrass Music, Mike Compton is one of today’s foremost interpreters of Monroe’s genre-creating mandolin style. Mandolin students from around the world make the pilgrimage to his annual Monroe Mandolin Camp. Mike’s decades of touring and recording with musical luminaries ranging from rockstars Sting, Gregg Allman and Elvis Costello, to straight-from-the-still acoustic legends like John Hartford, Doc Watson, Peter Rowan, Ralph Stanley, and David Grisman.
- Don Julin
- Don Julin is one of Michigan’s premier instrumentalists and the nation’s foremost mandolin educators. From jazz to folk, gypsy to avant-garde, Julin is loved for his talent and fluidity. 2012 saw Don release the much acclaimed Mandolin for Dummies his original compositions from his cd’s Tractor and Mr. Natural. Don performs though out the United States and Europe. Don’s performances with Billy Strings over the last two years have shaken up the old time and Americana worlds.
- Laurelyn Dossett
- North Carolina Singer/songwriter Laurelyn Dossett lives and writes in Stokes County, NC. Her songs have appeared in film and television (Hell on Wheels, Ain’t In it for My Health) and have been recorded by many artists including Grammy-winning Levon Helm (Anna Lee) and Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops (Leaving Eden).
- Gordon Bonham
- Gordon Bonham brings together a mix of styles from the Mississippi Delta to the back alleys of Chicago, from big Texas shuffles to jumpin’ West Coast swing. Bonham has performed with Pinetop Perkins, most notably with Robert Lockwood, Jr. as part of the grand opening of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He played for ten years with the late blues mandolin man, “Yank” Rachell, as well as Chicago piano man Jimmy Walker. He has also performed with Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Bo Diddley, and John Brimm, as well as opening for Buddy Guy, BB King, and others. For twenty years, he has done an acoustic blues/Americana duo with mandolinist Jim Richter.
- The Banister Bluegrass Band
- Denise Kocur and Roger Banister have longed been well-regarded for the depth of their bluegrass musicianship, moving from the tutelage of former Bill Monroe Blue Grass boy Roger Smith and father Bill Banister to significant acclaim in their band Buck’s Stove and Range Company in the 1970’s and 80’s. Daryl Jones has played lead guitar for several bluegrass bands and won many contests throughout the Midwest. Daryl also plays gypsy jazz style guitar in the style of Django Reinhardt. He plays in the gypsy jazz group Bleu Django and multiple bluegrass bands. Jim Richter, who grew up in the southeastern/central Indiana bluegrass community, accompanies on banjo.