Joel Sweeney and the Banjo Festival flyer

Celebrate the roots of American music at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park at the Joel Sweeney and the Banjo Festival this Saturday from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The day will be filled with music that reflects the legacy and influence of Joel Sweeney and the banjo in culture and musical styles. 

This year’s festival features Grammy-winner and two-time Emmy nominee Dom Flemons as its headline act at 4 p.m. and a noon dedication of the new Virginia State Historical Marker to Black Banjoists along the banks of the Appomattox River.

The complete schedule is:

10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Charles Sweeney Cabin open to visitors with music and interpretation

10 a.m.-10:45 a.m. — Guided tour of the Charles Sweeney Cabin

11:30 a.m. — Park Shuttle to Marker Dedication begins (departing from main visitor lot)

Noon — Dedication of Historical Marker to Black Banjoists

1 p.m.-3 p.m. — Early Banjo Performances throughout the village.

3 p.m.-5 p.m. — Concert featuring Dom Flemons and opening act the Sweeney Players

Join us for this free day of entertainment, and explore the roots of the banjo and American music at Appomattox Court House National Historical Park.