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Solo Concert (Folk Fridays Performance Series)

Friday, August 16 - 7:00
Lake County Historical Museum - Baldwin, MI (click for info)

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Brian Oberlin – Solo Mandolin
Oberlin’s solo shows are unique in that listeners will be immersed in ALL things mandolin; from Italian and modern classical to Brian’s roots of bluegrass and swing to his award winning, multi-genre original music, all with vocals. Listeners can also expect a bit of humor and an educational component about the mandolins he’s playing and their venerable place in mandolin music history.

From Grand Rapids, MI, Brian Oberlin is an internationally acclaimed mandolin player and educator. During his decades long professional career, Brian has been playing swing, bluegrass, and Italian classical as a solo mandolinist and vocalist. Along with the myriad award-winning bands and ensembles he has collaborated with throughout the United States and Europe (Full Cord, Grasshoppah, GER Mandolin Orchestra/Mike Marshall and Twin Mandolin Slingers/Evan J. Marshall), Brian is also the founder/director of the River of the West Mandolin Camp, the Great Lakes Mandolin Camp, the Michigan Mandolin Orchestra and the Oregon Mandolin Orchestra. Of his accolades, his most recent stint was winning the 2022 Telluride band contest at that festival in Colorado, winning the 2022 IBMA momentum band of the year award, all with the band Full Cord, and Brian was a featured song-writer at the 2021 IBMA awards. When he is not performing, Brian teaches music to children and adults at a variety of venues and events around the world. Brian’s website ( is a great resource for not only his appearances but features FREE content for budding mandolinists on the Lesson Hub.