Thurs., April 11, Banjo-Rama
Clarion Inn Arden Conference Center, 7 p.m., $20-$45
Four strings, four days. It's Banjo-Rama 2013, folks. The festival happens Thursday, April 11, through Sunday, April 14, and includes workshops in the morning for banjo players and aspiring players, such as “Want to Learn to Play the Banjo?” Yes, please (banjos will be provided!). After that, apply those learned skills in—or just listen to—a jam session until the evening show, where there will be dancing. Be mesmerized by the prowess of Japanese-born National Four String Banjo Hall of Fame inductee Charlie Tagawa (pictured) or the all-female group Girls! Girls! Girls! Plus, there's an El Dorado Western Railway train adventure to El Dorado on Thursday for $38. Play on, players! 1401 Arden Way, www.banjo-rama.com.