Raphael McGregor

Steel Guitar UNconvention
Pronouns: he / his
Artistic Discipline: Music
Category: Brooklyn Arts FundLocal Arts Support
Grant Year: 2024
Location: Red Hook

Steel Guitar Unconvention, the brainchild of New York based steel guitar players John Eichleay and Raphael McGregor, has been bringing steel guitar players from all over the world to perform with the backing of some of the most talented musicians that New York City has to offer. In the festival’s inaugural year, our featured performers included the legendary Doug Jernigan and Lucky Oceans, Susan Alcorn, lap steel wizard Mike Neer, and sacred steel master Kashiah Hunter. In 2019, with support from the Brooklyn Arts Council, the lineup expanded to include pedal steel virtuosos Dave Easley and Murnel Babineaux from New Orleans and Lafayette, Louisiana, sarod player Anupam Shobhakar, and an incredible sacred steel finale featuring Kashiah Hunter and young gun Terrell King. Our 2020 virtual edition featured workshops and performances from Kolkata-based Debashish Bhattacharya and Hawaiian steel master Alan Akaka, and our 2021 virtual show featured Nashville superstar Travis Toy, Dave Easley, Susan Alcorn, and Terrell King. In 2022, we held our first annual Sacred Steel Block Party, which was a huge success, and was followed up by an even more spectacular edition in summer 2023.