2012 – 2013 Concerts & Events

Note: This is a previous season concert. The current season is 2018-2019.

Steve Kaufman

Steve Kaufman


Time & Place
Saturday, May 18, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd.
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
General Admission $20
Seniors, Military & Students w/ID $17
TFFM Members $15
Children 7–17 w/paying adult 1/2 price
Children under 7 free

In addition to his concert, Steve Kaufman will lead two workshops. The same day as the concert, he will lead a mandolin workshop. The day after the concert, Steve will lead a flatpicking guitar workshop. Concert attendees receive a $10 discount on the workshops.

Steve Kaufman was born into a musical family in 1957. His father was a jazz piano player and his mother was a classically trained pianist. Music was always around. At four Steve started plinking at the piano and did so for several years. He then moved on to the electric guitar at 10 for a few years and put it away.

Next came the cello in 5th grade for a few years. After this Steve picked up the acoustic guitar again and blazed right through a “Folk Guitar” method book. When finished he thought if this is as hard as it gets it’s not for him. Then his younger brother, Will, started playing the banjo and his instructor told him he needed a rhythm guitar player to help with his timing. So Steve then picked up his guitar again and got into the bluegrass rhythm. One day Will brought home a Flatt and Scruggs LP, which featured Doc Watson on guitar, and Steve was hooked on flatpicking.


Steve practiced hard with his newfound love of music, sometimes up to 8 hours a day. At age 18 he entered the National Flatpicking Championships in Winfield, KS and made the top 10. The following year was a wash. In 1977, Steve took 2nd place to Mark O’Connor and in 1978, at 21 years old, he returned to win the championship. Then after being barred for 5 years he returned on the 6th year to win the 1984 championships again. Winfield bars the winner for 5 years and they can come back on the 6th year but in 1986 they decided to open up the contest to everyone and not bar the past years champs. Steve returned to win his goal. He became the winner and the first and, at this writing, the only Three Time Winner of the National Flatpicking Championships. He is also noted to have 3 consecutive wins in the Nationals because he was barred all the years he did not enter.

Steve continues to work hard in the world of music. He began producing books and videos in 1989 after teaching private lessons for close to 20 years. His catalog of instructional materials is close to 82 items. His listening CDs and Videos number over 18. Steve began touring the world conducting seminars, workshops, clinics and concerts in 1990 and after 5 years he and his wife, Donna, began “Steve Kaufman’s Flatpicking Camp.” Every other year they have added more camps into their agenda and now under the title “Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamps” they host a two Flatpicking Kamps, Fingerpicking Kamp, Old Time Banjo, Bluegrass Banjo, Old Time Fiddle, Bluegrass Fiddle, two Bass Kamps, Songwriting Kamp, Vocals Kamp, Mountain Dulcimer Kamp, Celtic Harp, Resophinic Guitar and Mandolin Kamp as well.

They have grown into the largest Kamps of their kind in the world with students traveling from around the world to Maryville, Tennessee. Steve and Donna have received the Gold Award from a reader’s poll in Acoustic Guitar Magazine for running the “Best Workshops, Seminars and Camps” every year since 2002.

Since 1990 Steve has developed the reputation of being the “World’s Guitar Instructor.”

Steve stays busy being a husband and father, running his Kamps, tour schedule, writing books and recording videos and CDs as well as owning and operating The Palace Theater in downtown Maryville - the area’s premier acoustic venue as well as an espresso bar. You can find the theater at http://www.palacetheater.com.

Opening: Amy Ferebee w/special guest Scott Slay

Opening: Amy Ferebee w/special guest Scott Slay


Noted for her guitar work and vocals, Amy entertains widely in the Mid-Atlantic Region, playing festivals, clubs, private parties and presenting Edutainment programs at museums and libraries. Her extensive repertoire includes an eclectic mix of traditional fiddle tunes and fingerstyle blues, choice newgrass songs and jazz standards, as well as originals. As a patient and enthusiastic instructor, she has successfully launched many beginning guitarists at the legendary Ramblin Conrad’s Folklore Center in Norfolk, and at Common Ground on the Hill. Currently Amy instructs 50+ music students a week for Norfolk Parks and Recreation and maintains private music studios at Alpha Music in VA Beach and in her home in Norfolk, VA where she teaches guitar, mandolin, ukulele and banjo to another 20+ students.

Moving here from Florida, Scott Ashley Slay is a newcomer to the local music scene but has made his mark quickly by performing with some of the best in the area the likes of Grand Ole’ Opry’s Charlie Austin, Karl Werne and Larry Berwald. Scott cut his teeth on the music style of the great bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice. He is a versatile performer in many genres of music which I’m sure he will display on Saturday night.

He’s won many impressive awards including 1st place in mandolin 2010 & 2011 and 1st place guitar in 2010 and 3rd place in 2011 all at the Alabama Fiddler’s Convention and 1st place Mandolin Master’s Division at the Florida Bluegrass Competition in 2010.