Banjos will be banned at this year's Water Hill Music Festival in Ann Arbor
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Bands featuring a banjo will be asked to substitue a ukulele instead.
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Neighbors cringe while listening to a banjo being played at the 2012 Water Hill Music Festival.
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Five-string banjos, four-string, SIX string... it doesn't matter. They will all be banned.
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A collective sigh of relief was heard today in Ann Arbor when the organizers of the Water Hill Music Festival announced a ban on banjo playing during this year's fest.
From the Water Hill Music Fest:
Today Water Hill Music Fest organizers received a petition with over 500 signatures urging a ban on banjos at the festival. "I’m trying not to take it personally," said banjo-playing festival director Paul Tinkerhess, "even though I see my wife also signed it."
Tinkerhess says he's hoping for a compromise prior to this year's event on May 4, but he's not hopeful.
"I fear the ukulele could be next," he said.
Organizers of the non-commercial festival have started recruiting neighborhood volunteers to help them enforce the ban.