Banjo Jimmy performs in Center Court from 5 to 9 P.M.
Banjo Jimmy LaRue, age 75, is one of our favorite ‘Zernies’ and if you are lucky, you can meet him from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in Center Court or walking through the aisles, strummin’ and jammin’ at Zerns Farmers Market. Bring the family for some great old-fashioned shoe tapping entertainment.
Born in Coatsville, Pennsylvania, and currently a resident of Leola resident, Jimmy started banjo pickin’ when he was eight years old. His freckled, red haired grandfather approved.
Jimmy recalled that, “Stepgranddad owned a little banjo and he used go up to the attic to play sometimes. One day, I sneaked up to the attic and tried it, one string at time, little ditties like “You are My Sunshine.”
Of course, he got caught, when his grandfather came home unexpectedly one day. Jimmy was scared of getting spanked up in the attic, but – – instead of a licking, Granddad said” “I want to hear you do that again, boy!”
“I was so scared, I started playing on one string, but granddad got the guitar out and played along on the chords with me! And after he passed away, I taught myself all the chords.”
Years later, Jimmy LaRue got his wish to play with the famous Preservation Hall Jazz Band. And now you can catch him!
Banjo Jimmy and his band will be at Center Court. Ed Mummert on guitar, Shawn Dara on bass and Jack on the slide trombone. Banjo Jimmy will return over the Christmas holidays!