There was a time, not so long ago, when the banjo was the frequent butt of jokes. Much like the accordion or bagpipes, the banjo has been much maligned for its loud, distinctive sound, and the fact that it seems endemic to musical genres not in our usual rotation, anyway. But times change, and everything old is new again. That is to say, the banjo has come back in recent years, and in a big way, too. The instrument’s resonant twang can now be heard in some of the most popular bands going. And with the recent loss of folk legend (and iconic banjo picker) Pete Seeger, our national embrace of the banjo may be actually here to stay. So April 1st, head down to the Baltimore Museum of Industry to brush up on the banjo’s surprising influence on Baltimore’s history—or is it the other way around?