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Bluegrass, Old time and Roots acoustic music on the "American Anecdotes" Show, Thursday, 6 p.m. (Pacific) on KAOS Community radio, locally in and around Olympia, WA at 89.3 FM and across the vast internet universe streaming live at www.kaosradio.org.

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Lewis County Bluegrass Jam & Stage Shows, January 3rd at the Adna grange

Featuring "North Country" Jam from 2 to 5, Dinner is $6.00 and is served from 5pm to 6pm, Stage shows start at 6pm.

For more info Contact Becky at (360) 520-7281 or [email protected]

We are ask that EVERYONE donate at the door. This helps to pay the rental of the grange and the bands! All proceeds from dinner go to the Adna grange.

Kevin pace and the Early Edition

For more info call:
Carol Dills- (360)-249-4522
Tickets- $10 Per person
Friday January 16, 2015 6:30 PM
Adna Grange
123 Dieckman Rd. Chehalis, WA 98532

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Alan Munde and Bill Evans workshop and concert

Friday, January 30, 5 pm workshops, 7:30 pm concert

For the Mid-Columbia BG Association
Artmil Design, 5601 W Clearwater Ave, Suite 109 Kennewick, WA

Vocal harmony and banjo workshops at 5 pm. Info at 509-551-1913Banjo Legends Alan Munde & Bill Evans – together for the first time! Join us for this very special, one-of-a-kind concert bringing together two of the most important and influential bluegrass banjo players of the last several decades, performing bluegrass, original compositions, fiddle tunes on banjo, beautiful slow songs and much, much more. And they’re also funny!

Alan Munde began his long career in bluegrass music with the 1968 recording of Poor Richard’s Almanac featuring Sam Bush and Wayne Stewart, followed by a traditional grounding in bluegrass music as a member of IBMA Hall of Fame member Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. In 1972 Alan Joined his college picking friend Byron Berline in the forward-leaning bluegrass group Country Gazette. Alan continued as the anchor of the group for 21 years. Along the way, he recorded many highly regarded albums including Banjo Sandwich, and the Festival Favorites series. Alan participated in the 2001 IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year, Knee Deep in Bluegrass. His most recent recording is a duo CD with mandolin player Billy Bright titled Bright Munde. He taught in the Bluegrass Music Program at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas for 20 years. Alan has also published many instructional books for Mel Bay, instructional DVDs for Texas Music and Video, and participated in music workshops and camps both in America and Europe. To learn more, visit www.almundesbanjocollege.com and www.alanmundegazette.com.

Bill Evans is an internationally known five-string banjo life force and a Nancy’s Far favorite! As a performer, teacher, writer, scholar and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and students from all over the world in a career that spans over thirty-five years. In the last two years, Bill has performed all across North America, Canada, England, Russia and Germany and has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony and on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. His book Banjo For Dummies, is the world’s most widely read book on the instrument and his 2012 CD In Good Company charted #1 on the Roots Music Report Folk and Bluegrass Charts and the Folk DJ-List charts. Over a forty year performing career, Bill has played with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, David Bromberg, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, Tony Trischka, and Jody Stecher, among many others. He has produced numerous instructional DVDs and books for Mel Bay, AcuTab, Homespun Tapes and the Murphy Method. To learn more, visit www.billevansbanjo.com.

Top String performing at
The Hidden Scene,
Friday, Nov 14th at 7:00 p.m.

The three Top String siblings have been astonishing audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest for the last eight years. Top String is comprised of Madi (fiddle), Zach (guitar), and Joram (mandolin). In 2010 the group added Kaiti Dewhirst (bass). The music ensemble has played numerous festivals and venues.

Tickets are $12 per person and may be purchased at brown paper tickets or at the door.

The Venue is at 5601 W. Clearwater Ave. Kennewick Washington 99336

Top String at Cashmere Community Concerts - Bluegrass

Brighten up your November at Cashmere Community Concerts with Top String Bluegrass. This recently formed regional family band of young and accomplished pickers and singers is ambitious and holds high expectations for putting on the best show possible. Don’t miss seeing these talented young people perform, they are one of the best of the up and coming bluegrass bands and they have the chops to back it up. Located at the Cashmere Riverside Center.

When- Sat, Nov 15th, 7:30pm – 9:45pm
Where- CCC at the Riverside Center, 201 Riverside Drive; Cashmere WA
Cost- $3.00 at the door, “Pass the Hat” for musicians with a suggested donation of $8 to $11.
Contact Info- www.cashmerecommunityconcerts.com or 509 548-1230

Gambetta & Crary at Cashmere Community Concerts

Cashmere Community Concerts is honored to present GAMBETTA & CRARY. Beppe Gambetta is widely recognized as the leading flatpick guitarist of Europe and Dan Crary is one of the founders and legends of the modern flatpicking movement; both artists are veterans of celebrated recordings and international touring. When Gambetta & Crary first joined forces in 1994, the result was one of the most striking and entertaining collaborations in guitar history and they have been performing worldwide ever since.

Cost- $3.00 at the door, “Pass the Hat” for musicians with a suggested donation of $8 to $11.

Contact Info- 509 548-1230 WEBSITE
Location: CCC at the Riverside Center, 201 Riverside Drive; Cashmere WA
Date: Saturday, October 11, 2014
Time: 7:30pm-9:50pm EDT

Live & Local Concert Series

Featuring The Blackberry Bushes @ The Thurston County Fair August 1, 7 - 9pm Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Rd SE, Lacey, WA 98503 For more info contact Danielle at 360-280-2533 or email [email protected] Visit the website for details: www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair-entertainment/ent-liveandlocal.htm

Mt. St. Helens Bluegrass Festival, August 8th - 10th, 2014

Live bluegrass from Larry Gillis, James King, Kevin Pace, Fern Hill, High & Lonesome, and Faast & Blair. See all the details at www.washingtonbluegrassassociation.org/2014fest/
The 2014 Schedule flyer is available for download here, as a pdf file.

Here's a link to an interesting article for bands, forwarded by Trisha Tubbs: 17-things-local-bands-just-dont-get at Digital Music News.
Lewis County Bluegrass Jam

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Bluegrass Banjo Mini Camp

Saturday, January 31
1:00 PM - 4:30 PM, $70.00
Legendary banjo players and teachers Alan Munde and Bill Evans will each teach two 75-minute small group sessions and then come together for a final session with all students. This is a hands-on, “bring your banjo and let’s pick” event with topics designed for beginning, intermediate, and advanced banjo players.

To register on-line, please visit BANJO

James King Medical Fund

The Bluegrass Storyteller, James King, who appeared at the Mt. St. Helens Bluegrass Festival 2014, has revealed that his liver function is such that his only option is a liver transplant.

James is facing tremendous financial struggles due to being uninsured, his repeated hospital stays (since May 2014), and inability to perform a regular number of dates due to his continuing poor health. One good bit of news is that his kidneys are currently functioning well.

Recognizing James' contribution to the music he loves so much, a big night of bluegrass to raise money for James' medical expenses and funds toward a liver transplant will be December 15, 2014 in Nashville, TN. For people that cannot make it to the show in person but want to make a donation, please send check payable to "James King Medical Fund" to:
James King Medical Fund
c/o Deonia Jones
Wells Fargo
201 S. Jefferson Street
Roanoke, VA 24011

Alternately, donations can be made at any Wells Fargo - you just have to ask that funds be deposited to the "James King Medical Fund."

To keep up-to-date on James, please visit bluegrasstoday.com

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