Convention

 
 
The Virtual 58th Annual SPAH Convention will be held On-Line August 10-14
Those of you who attended in 2020 know how much fun we had and how much financial help we provided our performing and teaching community. We are building on what we accomplished in 2020, adding many of the ideas suggested by members and others, to bring you an even better, more comprehensive and exciting event in 2021. For updates and registration go to SPAH.ORG.
 
Seminars include: Chromatic Skills plus Pop & Jazz tunes with Neil Adler, Improvisation with Ronnie Shellist, MIDI for Harmonica with Brendan Power & John Shirley, Harmonica Fun with Lonnie Joe Howell, Tango & jazz by Crispy Aguirre and the Il Harmonica trio, and others by Richard Sleigh, Bertram Becher, Keith Mitchell, Michael Rubin, Jon Gindick, Michael Handler, George Miklas, Ben Hewlet, Mikael Fall, Jaiyi He, Dennis Gruenling, Rop Paparozzi, Boaz Kim, Jason Ricci, David Kachalon, Guiulo Brouzet, Kelly Cunningham & Jim Longley, and Rodrigo Reis.
Joe Filisko’s Teach-in on Thursday & Friday will include: Seth Shumate, Ronnie Shellist, Michael Rubin, George Miklas, James Conway, Don Ceasar, Dave Barrett, Cheryl Arena, Grant Dermody, Richard Sleigh, Lonnie Joe Howell, Cara Cooke, and Todd Parrott.
 
Sponsor & vendor demonstrations and Q&A sessions.
SPAH would like to thank its corporate Sponsors who have stepped up again this year to support the artists and teachers:
 
2021-22 SPONSORS
Platinum: Hohner, Inc.
Gold: Easttop
Silver: C.A. Seydel Söhne • Golden Bird - Qiling Musical Instrument Co.
Lone Wolf Blues Co. • BlowsMeAway Productions • Kongsheng Musical Inst. Co., Ltd
 
And vendors who have stepped up so far as SPAH Week Supporting Partners:
Philharmonicas, George Miklas’ Harmonica Gallery, Turbo Harp,
The Harmonica Lady, Masterharp Tuning Tables, New Harmonica, DaBell Co Ltd.
 
Sponsors and Vendor Support
Last year, SPAH granted all of its Sponsors an additional year of recognition without cost, so that the community could focus its efforts on supporting performers and teachers. We could not have pulled off SPAH Week 2020 without their support, and we hope all will join with us to make this a resounding success again in 2021.
 
This year, 2021-22 SPAH Gold and Silver Sponsors will be supporting the virtual Convention as part of their renewed annual SPAH Sponsorship. We are also inviting members of the SPAH vendor community to join us as a Sponsoring Partner for SPAH Week 2021.


We will highlight Sponsoring Partners before, during and after SPAH Week 2021, based on their sponsorship level.
 
 
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ENTERTAINMENT: 
Mark Hummel - Jason Ricci - Joe Krown - PT Gazell - Jelly Roll Johnson -  Pat Bergeson - Buddy Greene  - Charlie McCoy 
Jeff Taylor - Billy Boy Arnold - Eric Noden - Aki Kumar - Nic Clark - Gary Smith and many more…
 
 
PRELIMINARY SPAH WEEK 2021 PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE, including the Blues Blowoff
 

 
JAM ROOMS | TEACH-IN | AWARDS CEREMONY | ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING | ON-LINE CHAT | & MUCH MORE
 
 
 
 
PRELIMINARY SEMINAR, TEACH-IN and VENDOR SCHEDULE
 

 
If you don’t already know, SPAH Week 2021 registrants have the opportunity to add a little to the tip jar for our talent. One way to do this is to donate $125 to SPAH, and we will send you The LIMITED EDITION SPAH Goodie bag: 
 
Only the first 100 donors to this program will receive the bag.
 
If you are one of the lucky donors, inside the carton we send you will be a unique, convention-logoed canvas bag, an insulated mug with the SPAH logo, a 2021 Convention T Shirt in your size, a genuine, iron-on 30th Anniversary SPAH patch, and several items from our wonderful sponsors including: pens, stickers, magazines, and a harmonica! We will send this all to you in July, so you can enjoy it all during SPAH Week 2021. Orders should be placed by June 30, 2021. 
 
And, if that wasn’t enough reason to donate to our wonderful music community, if you bring the 30th Anniversary SPAH patch to our 2023 SPAH Convention, we will give you a wonderful, enameled metal SPAH bolo from the same 1993 convention!

All of this for a donation of $125, the profits from which will be shared between the SPAH Week 2021 talent tip jar and the SPAH General Fund.

Please help us help our musicians and teachers during the pandemic. Details on how to donate for the bonus SPAH Week 2021 Goodie Bag are on the Convention Registration pages at this link.

—GET YOUR’S NOW WHILE THERE ARE SOME LEFT—


 
Paid Members who Register before June 15th will also be entered into a raffle for the Gold-plated Hohner 125th anniversary commemorative harmonica.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Registration for SPAH Week 2021
Summary Convention and Blues Blowoff – Base Registration Fees
 
Registration for SPAH Week 2021
Summary Convention and Blues Blowoff – Base Registration Fees
Event 2021 Dates 2021 SPAH
Current Member
2021 SPAH *
New Member
Non-member
SPAH Week 2021 Convention Wed., August 11th –
Sat., August 14th
$100 $150 $200
2021 Virtual Blues Blowoff Tues., August 10th $15 $15 $15
 
* Non-members: Individual SPAH membership for 1-year costs only $50,
so you’ll probably want to join SPAH when you register,
and enjoy the benefits of annual SPAH membership!
 
You can register for SPAH Week here
 
We will also welcome donations during SPAH Week. All Base Registration Fees will be dedicated to the talent. Any donations you are able to include before or during SPAH Week will be shared equally between SPAH and the talent pool performing & teaching during SPAH Week 2021.

Last year, your generosity allowed SPAH to boost its help to all Convention performers and teachers – making a big differenceWe hope you will consider helping with donations again this year. And, of course, SPAH will continue to underwrite SPAH Week Conventions, with essential support from Sponsors
 
How to watch
We will provide more details after you register for SPAH Week 2021, and full details and links will be provided in early August in plenty of time for you to make your plans to attend.
Zoom sessions will be reserved for paid registrants, with later replay available to members through a private playlist. We will also livestream some performances to the general public, in keeping with our “free to locals” night when we have convened in person. Stay tuned!
 
Please note: Performers and Teachers are subject to change.
 
Please stay safe and healthy!
 
 
Be sure to register as soon as you can! 
This will be a CONVENTION to remember!
 
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