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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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Bluegrass Calendar of upcoming events Check our calendar for specific dates and times!

Cashmere Community Concerts

Date - Saturday Apr. 18, 2015
Title of Event – Old Growth (Bluegrass)
Location - Cashmere Riverside Center; 201 Riverside Dr. Cashmere
Time - 7:30 pm
Cost - $3 At Door $8-$11 Hat Pass (suggested donation)

Marie Vecchio - Executive Director
Cashmere Community Concerts
Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival
Non-profit Organization since 2001
[email protected]
Info - 509 548-1230

Public event that "Fern Hill"
will be performing at:

Thursday March 26th (8:00 - 10:30) No Cover

Muddy Rudder Public House (503-233-4410)
8105 SE 7th Ave.
Portland, Or. 97202

Hope to see you,
[email protected]

Public event that "Fern Hill"
will be performing at:

Saturday April 4th

Lewis County Bluegrass Jam and Stage Show
Feature "Fern Hill" Show
Adna Grange
123 Dieckman Rd.
Adna, Wash.
Jam starts at 2:00 Dinner Served 5:00 - 6:00
Stage Show begins at 6:00
More Info. 360-520-7281 or [email protected]

Hope to see you,
[email protected]

11th annual Bluegrass from the Forest Festival

May 15, 16, 17

Shelton, WA.
Contact: Greg Linder 360 898 4581


Saturday, April 18th 7:30 p.m.

Featuring John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and John Carter Cash in this live performance and video retrospective on the making of this seminal recording.

Columbia Theatre, Longview, WA
Tickets: $25-$35
360.575.8499 or online at columbiatheatre.com

Contact: Gian Paul Morelli
[email protected]


Saturday, April 18th 7:30 p.m.

Featuring John McEuen (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band) and John Carter Cash in this live performance and video retrospective on the making of this seminal recording.

Columbia Theatre, Longview, WA
Tickets: $25-$35
360.575.8499 or online at columbiatheatre.com

Contact: Gian Paul Morelli
[email protected]

Susanville Bluegrass Festival 2015
Susanville Bluegrass Festival 2015

June 26-28

195 Russell Ave Lassen County Fairgrounds
You can follow us on Facebook at Susanville Bluegrass Festival Email: [email protected]
Flyer: http://washingtonbluegrassassociation.org/Susanville2015Poster.jpg

[email protected]

39th Annual
Darrington Bluegrass Festival

July 17, 18, 19 2015

Darrington Bluegrass Music Park
42501 SR 530 NE
Darrington, WA 98241

The Powell Mountain Bluegrass Band

July 25, 2015
August 22, 2015
September 26, 2015
Time: 12-2pm

The Powell Mountain Bluegrass Band plays traditional bluegrass music on fiddle, banjo, guitar, mandolin and bass. We perform breakdowns, fiddle tunes and southern songs and ballads, and have lots of comedy and stories right out of Appalachia.

We also have an Appalachian "flat foot" clogger who performs with the band.

The Redmond Saturday Market is a family friendly place with lots of good food and crafts and features country fresh fruits and vegetables at the farmers' stands.

There are tables and chairs near the stage (or bring a blanket and sit on the grass).

Redmond Saturday Market - 7730Leary Way, Redmond, Wash 98052 (right next to the Redmond Town Center). At the Gazebo!

2015 Mt St Helens Festival
August 7,8,9th at Toledo Wa

Sponsored by Washington Bluegrass Association

Phillip Steinmetz
Phillip Steinmetz and his Sunny Tennesseans
Tommy Brown & The County Line Grass
John Kael & Annie Staninec & Whiskey Deaf Band
Terrence Enyeart & Rural Delivery
John Schubert & The Stray Dogs Band

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Bluegrass in the Gardens
8th Annual Bluegrass Festival

August 22, 2015

Meerkerk Gardens on South Whidbey Island. Music workshop is from 11 am to 11:45 am with Mike Faast and Roger Ferguson followed by the main event at 12 noon with Bayview Sound, Damascus Rd and closing with Mike Faast and the Cascade boys.

Join in the open Bluegrass jam to follow around 5 pm. Enjoy the music, food court and music vendors all nestled in the sunny grass meadow surrounded by tall firs trees and a view of Holmes Harbor.

From Clinton Ferry dock, N on Hwy 525 , right on Resort Rd., Left on Meerkerk Lane to event. From N. end of island , hwy 20 hear Anacortes, south past Deception Pass Bridge, Oak Harbor, Coupeville , L on Resort Rd. , L at Meekerk Ln. to event.

Contact Kevin Lee [email protected]  360-661-4978
http:// meerkerkgardens.org

Newport Music Festival

August 28- 30, 2015 Starting 10 am daily

Newport Music Festival
Newport City Park, W 1st Street and S Calispel Ave Newport WA

Including Dodgy Mountain Men, Two Bit Jug Band, Browns Mountain Boys, Kevin Brown and Many others. Two stages, Open Mic, vending and much More

Contact Mark Harding: [email protected] 509-675-6590 Website www.pvbluegrass.com

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Industry News:

Ernest Queen

Ernest Queen died March 7, 2015 at his home in Sedro Woolley surrounded by his family. Ernie, a longtime member of the WBA, was a passionate performer and promoter of bluegrass music. Born in 1933, Ernie was raised near Sylva, North Carolina, where he was first exposed to the music that became his lifelong passion. He moved to Sedro Woolley in 1955 and started working in a concrete plant and, shortly thereafter, as a logger. In 1963, he left the woods to become a farmer managing both a dairy and a beef herd.

In 1984, Ernie helped found the Skagit Bluegrass and Country Music Association and ran the monthly jam at Sedro Woolley until January of this year. Talk about longevity and commitment. Ernie always welcomed and encouraged new musicians, young and old, to get up on stage with the experienced musicians. He wanted the music to grow and thrive with new members coming in to share his passion. Several current day performers at bluegrass festivals throughout the state got their start at the Sedro Woolley jam.

In 1985, Ernie founded his band, Queen's Bluegrass, and performed throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. He was known for his white cowboy hat and his "real deal" bluegrass voice. Ernie's band was always noted for hard-driving traditional bluegrass and gospel music.

Ernie, knowing he was in his last days, had the good fortune to visit with family and friends before he passed on. To the remaining members of Queen's Bluegrass he asked, "Will you keep playing the music?" To a man, we all answered, "Absolutely!" To that end, Queen's Bluegrass will continue playing the traditional, hard-driving bluegrass that Ernie loved. Kevin Fazio, the banjo player, will take over booking for the band. Kevin can be reached at 360-296-3824 or at [email protected]

Ernie, we will all miss you...and we'll keep playing the music.

Weiser Bluegrass Banjo Camp
Susanville Bluegrass Festival

June 26-28, 2015
Hello Fellow Bluegrass Friends & Fans: Great News! After many inquiries, lots of interest and concern for the Susanville Bluegrass Festival, the Lassen County Fair Board has decided to keep the festival alive. The festival is scheduled for June 26-28, 2015, with gates opening for early camping/jamming Monday June 22. Once again the festival will be held at the beautiful and scenic Lassen County Fairgrounds. With many of the smaller festivals being cancelled we felt strongly that with your support we would give it a try on our own. This is a “Save the Date” reminder. Please inform both your bluegrass friends as well as anyone who may have an interest in attending this great little festival in the beautiful mountains of Northern California. We are in the process of putting things together to include a solid line-up that will be one that takes our festival to a level of respectability, while keeping the festival at its affordable level. We have some of the best shaded camping sites with plush green grass which make for great jamming. Jamming is a major part of the festival and we wish to keep it growing. The fair board feels the momentum and interest is great enough to continue the festival, with your help we can do just that! We ask you to “Save the Date” June 26-28, 2015 for the Susanville Bluegrass Festival. We hope to have our lineup together and published as soon as possible, so stay tuned and visit our website (lassencountyfair.org) for more announcements, updates and to purchase early-bird tickets. You can also follow us on Facebook at Susanville Bluegrass Festival.

Thank you
Dany Carson
Fair Staff
[email protected]

Weiser Bluegrass Banjo Camp
Weiser Bluegrass
Banjo Camp

May 28-31 2015
Instructors Bill Evans, Janet Beazley and Jason Homey. Held at the historic Intermountain Institute in Weiser, ID, home of the legendary National Old Time Fiddle contest. Details contact Gary [email protected]  or call at
208-442-8844  www.fiddlecontest.org

Lewis County Bluegrass Jam
Lewis County Bluegrass Jam

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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