Details from Picknbow Aug 23-25, 2019

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Picknbow Music Camp is $270. This covers all instruction/classes during the weekend and the instructor concert Saturday night. Scholarships that cover all or part of the cost of attending Picknbow are available; please contact Danny Gotham for more details.

If you’re interested in supporting the Picknbow community and our continued outreach to those who may not be able to afford camp, please contact Danny Gotham and join us in contributing to the scholarship fund!


Because of the venue size and to keep classes manageable, registration for Picknbow is limited. Please register online and get your full payment in as soon as possible to hold your spot. Registration and payment must be submitted by August 4.


Picknbow is held at the Old Murphey School, on the Shared Visions campus, in Durham, NC. Click here for a map.


You’ll want to bring snacks and beverages, lunch on Saturday and Sunday (or go out nearby), and a potluck dish+serving utensil for Saturday evening. For comfort, plan to bring layers; it can be warm then cool and warm again. Other things to bring:

  • Any and all instruments that you play or want to learn how to play; there’s a baby grand piano on site and, if you’re interested in learning bass but don’t own one, there will probably be a spare that you can use.

  • Music accessories such as capos, tuners, guitar slides, spare strings, music stand, instrument stand, etc.

  • Notebook for taking notes in classes, folder/binder for handouts from instructors, pens/pencils.

  • Bring your phone or another recording device (audio and/or video) and a charger, since capturing some of the classes can be helpful in your follow-up practices.

  • Lyrics with chords and songbooks for any music you might want to share or have others play and sing with you.

  • For Saturday evening potluck, instructor concert, and Sunday’s camper performances, invite your friends and family! The potluck and instructor concert are one of the best parts of the weekend! <3

  • Beer and wine for your enjoyment or to share at any time during the weekend.

  • And of course, bring your love of music, your enthusiasm, and your love of learning!


  • Sound system for the instructor and student concerts

  • Coffee, coffeemaker, cups, plates, plasticware, napkins. Feel free to bring some of these to donate for use during the weekend — we can always use more paper towels :-)

  • Refrigerators, microwave, oven

  • Copy machine



Thursday, August 22 
8:00 PM: Picknbow Kick-off Concert at The Nightlight, 405 1/2 West Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill
Campers Isabel Taylor, Leah Kaufman, Barry Gray, and founder Danny Gotham bring great music to start off the weekend. Suggested donation $10

Friday, August 23 
2:00 to 4:30: Student-led Workshops
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm: Arrival for the Meet and Greet. 
7:00 pm to 9:30 pm: Meet and Greet, introductions, instructors will describe their workshops, we'll put up the schedule. Then lots of informal music making for all of us! 

Saturday, August 24 
9:00 to 10:00 am: Arrival, coffee, etc. 
10:00 to 11:20: Workshop 1
11:30 to 1:00: Workshop 2 
1:00 to 2:30: Lunch, jamming/practice time, naps, one-on-one sessions 
2:30 to 3:50: Workshop 3 
4:00 to 5:00: Workshop 4 
5:00 to 5:30: Group photo, prep for group meal 5:00 to 5:30: Group photo, prep for group meal 
5:30 to 6:30: Pot luck meal 
6:30 to 7:00: Clean up and prep for performance 
7:00 to 10:00: Instructors performance - invite your friends and family!

Sunday, August 25
9:00 to 10:30: Gospel Sing Circle | Songwriter’s Circle
10:40-11:40: Workshop 1
11:45 to 12:45: Workshop 2
12:45 to 2:30: Lunch; practice for campers' performances  
2:30 to 6:00: Campers' performances - invite friends and family!
6:00: Closing words, closing songs, and clean up