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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.

Lewis County Bluegrass Jam

Alan Munde and Bill Evans coming January 30,2015 to do a workshop and concert.

Banjo 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.

Coming Events:

Alder Creek Band Concert

August 27, 2014. Starting at 6:00 p.m. The Salvation Army, 1505 4th Ave. E, Olympia, WA. Admission: Free. For more information contact Bill at 360-742-2043 or email [email protected]

Nickel Creek Reunion Concert.
Friday Aug 1, 2014.

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 Woodinville, WA 7:00 pm Buy tickets through Ticketmaster.

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

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Festivals and Concerts:

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.

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 protected]

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!

Thank you.
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 BBQ/Slow Jam

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.

Saturday AUG. 16, 2014 From 1pm til ??
John and Angi Buck
163 Enchantment Ln.,
Vader WA 98593-9702.
More Info call: (360) 624-6172

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