The Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica (SPAH) is pleased to announce its 56th Annual SPAH Convention, to be held in Tulsa, OK August 13-17 at the Tulsa Hyatt Regency. Over 500 musicians, enthusiasts, teachers and vendors are expected to attend.
SPAH welcomes Nick Moss Band featuring Dennis Gruenling to headline the Thursday night show, with Mo Vint’s Harmonicats closing the Saturday night banquet.
Registration is open daily, starting Tuesday afternoon before opening ceremonies at 3:30, featuring music by local swing band The Round Up Boys. Starting on Wednesday morning, the Convention offers over 50 seminars & workshops, teach-ins, vendor displays, jams and open mic sessions, plus afternoon performances. Evening concerts start at 7pm each day, featuring world-class performers. The Convention culminates on Saturday evening with a gala awards banquet and concert. Daily, evening show, and full Convention tickets are still available to the public. The preliminary schedule is available here: https://www.spah.org/content.asp?contentid=144
Local youth are invited to attend the SPAH Youth Outreach, a free program sponsored by Hohner and Seydel, held on Friday & Saturday mornings. Each youth will receive a free harmonica, and a boxed lunch. At 10am Friday, renowned performer & educator, Joe Filisko, will teach area youth. At 10:30am Saturday, SPAH youth leadership combine forces with an instructor to introduce local youth to the harmonica, sharing how music changed each of their lives, and teaching them to play! All are welcome.
Local fans should mark Wednesday evening and Saturday morning on their calendars. The Wednesday evening concert is open to locals at no charge, and features Yvonnick Prené, LC Williams and The Driver, plus many local and national performers. Likewise, the Gospel showcase (10am Saturday) is open to the public and features world-class performers.
In addition to the concerts, spontaneous jam sessions and impromptu performances occur throughout each day and evening -- on stages, in lounges, on patios, and in hallways – by performers ranging from pre-teens to octogenarians. Attendees may perform daily at the open mic stage near the hotel lobby. After the evening concerts, jamming starts up again, with blues, jazz, country, gospel and bluegrass circles springing up around the convention late into the night!
The SPAH Convention offers a wide range of education, including a daily “teach-in” led by Joe Filisko, with a wide range of playing, performing, as well as instrument customization and repair. The vendor display is open daily, showing top of the line products from around the world, with harmonicas, tools, equipment & accessories for sale.
Tickets can be purchased at the SPAH Convention registration desk at the Hyatt Hotel either for the full convention, for a single day, for the Saturday banquet & show, or just for an evening show ($15, $10 for 25 & under, $20 for non-members). SPAH membership is not required. Full Convention registration is also available on the SPAH website (www.spah.org). All tickets are subject to capacity.
About the Society for the Preservation and Advancement of the Harmonica (SPAH)
SPAH (a 501(c)3 non-profit organization) is the nation’s flagship harmonica organization with approaching 1,000 members. In addition to publishing a quarterly magazine for its members, each year SPAH attracts hundreds of harmonica players, enthusiasts, vendors and teachers from around the globe to its annual Convention. More information can be found at www.SPAH.org or www.facebook.com/SPAH63 .