Gary Phelps Passes Away
Gary Phelps, former president of the WBA, passed away from a heart attack on Monday, July 21st, 2014.
He was the Chehalis Jam director, and
played in the Lewis County Pickers band, playing fiddle and singing. He was a big source of bluegrass promotion in the Northwest, and will be missed by many. People with photos and stories about Gary are encouraged to send them to the WBA editor. Thanks.
Gary Phelps is gone!
OMG! I was shocked to read on this website about Gary Phelps, on the very day of his memorial. We'd been away at Hardtimes in Montana and sadly it was already 4:30 in the afternoon. That left no time for the drive to the memorial in Rochester.
I've been thinking a lot about Gary the last two days. The mind keep drifting back to him and it makes me sad to know that he won't be at the next festival......FOREVER! I always seemed to find time to check in with him, 'early' on at any festival we attended, to find out the latest skinny on folks, bands on the horizon, what he had been doing lately and etc, Anything he would care to chat about, I would be sure to draw him out on it eventually! Our last encounter was at Winlock, 2014.
I will miss his fiddlin', he had gotten soo good on it since his retirement from teaching! He had favorite tunes and he would WOW us with his tune memory and technique! Oh I will miss his jolly manner and his friend to all attitude and his mastery of old time and bluegrass tunes.
He would always say what gal player he was following and had stars in the eyes for each season. He had seen just about every group you can name over the years. Some he had made special trips to see their shows, up and down the west coast!
I've tried to think of something fun or funny to say about our friend Mr. Gary Phelps, he was a caution!! But I am so sad I can not think of or relate any particular episode here. We all know that almost every encounter with Gary was almost always a HOOT and musically perfect in his interpretation. I do know his favorite Claire Lynch tune was Kennesaw line. I'll think of him every time I hear it. I've known him as long as we have been going to festivals. Oh, I will miss Gary.
Alder Creek Band Concert
August 27, 2014. Starting at 6:00 p.m.
The Salvation Army, 1505 4th Ave. E, Olympia, WA.
For more information contact Bill at 360-742-2043 or email email@example.com.
Nickel Creek Reunion Concert. This is a reunion tour that has been selling out around the country. (Chris Thile, Sean Watkins and Sara Watkins).
Chateau Ste. Michele Winery Concert Series
Buy tickets through Ticketmaster.
Friday Aug 1, 2014.
James King Medical Fund
A special bank account has been established at SunTrust Bank to help our Grammy-nominated friend James King, The Bluegrass Storyteller. This account has been set up to help James with expenses incurred because of his illness and to help with his loss of wages during his extended hospital stay. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated. All friends and fans are encouraged to help James.
He needs to focus all of his time and energy on getting better and not have to worry about extra expenses and everyday bills at this time. Here are the details about the account if anyone wants to deposit directly into the account at any SunTrust Bank:
C/O Brenda A. Young/ James L. McMillan
James King Donation Fund
3774 Oak Level Rd.
Bassett, VA 24055
Ask for the deposit receipt and forward to the above address for a written acknowledgement and thank you card, please.
Donations may also be mailed to that same address and an acknowledgement and thank you card will be sent to each contributor. If anyone makes a donation by mail they can feel free to include any well wishes or words of cheer for James.
Let’s help get the Storyteller back on his feet so he can use his God-given singing talent again.
Over the years, James has been the first to donate his time and support to those in need. Your Prayers and Support for James are needed and greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your support.
If you’ve enjoyed James King’s music over the years, here’s a fine way to show your appreciation. More info at bluegrasstoday.com
American Banjo Camp is proud to announce that our 2014 class schedule is now up on the website, http://americanbanjocamp.com. To check it out, click on the link near the top of the page and the schedule comes up in .pdf format. Come join us for the twelfth annual Camp.
What We're About: American Banjo Camp offers a weekend of intense instruction with some of the best old-time and bluegrass banjo players around (not to mention great fiddlers and guitar players), plus demonstrations, concerts, and plenty of jamming opportunities.
Gazette Schedule Change
The WBA Board of Directors voted to move the scheduled printing and mailing of the Bluegrass Gazette Newsletter up by one month. The new schedule is for the Fall Gazette to be delivered in October rather than September. The deadline for articles and advertisers in the Fall Issue of the Gazette is now September 15th. Thanks, Jim C
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Festivals and Concerts:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Zillah Bluegrass Pickin' Days August 15, 16, & 17, 2014.
At Stewart Park in Zillah, WA. For more info contact: Jeff Farmer, 509-930-5676 or
Tracy Cummings at 509-989-3158. Email: email@example.com.
Five Suns Festival Announces Date Change
This year, due to several factors we moved our date to one week later so Friday, August 1st & Saturday, August 2nd are this year’s official event dates (with the camping area opening up Thursday, July 31st at 12:00 noon and closing the camping area on Sunday, August 3rd). We’ve got some outstanding talent this year including: Della Mae, Front Country, Chatham County Line and so much more!
Spencer Grigg, Director
Visit www.fivesunsbluegrass.com/ for more info and details.
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.
7th Annual WAMA
We are holding our 7th annual WAMA Slow Jam/BBQ on August 16, 2014. This is a fund raiser to help raise money for next year's festival and other exciting activities throughout the coming year. WAMA supplies the hamburgers, hot dogs, and buns. The rest of the food is supplied by you via potluck. We ask for a $5 per person donation. Adult beverages are also allowed at this event so be sure to bring your favorite libation. Cold bottled water will also be available. The Slow Jam will start at 1 pm and will run 'til about 2:30 ish. Eating and break out jams will follow. It is sure to be a fun day! Bring your instruments, family and friends! All are welcome and we are looking forward to seeing you soon.
AUG. 16, 2014
From 1pm til ??
John and Angi Buck
163 Enchantment Ln.,
Vader WA 98593-9702.
More Info call: (360) 624-6172