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Coming Events:

Great Northern Planes

Long ago crowned the Kings of Bluegrass Performance in the Northwest, a rare appearance by the bluegrass group Great Northern Planes will be hosted by Mason Smith of Eastside Bluegrass on Tuesday, July 29th.

As the regular Eastside Bluegrass venue is not available, this show will take place at the Open Bible Church located at 3223 SE 92nd Avenue in Portland, Oregon.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Show will begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is a suggested $10 donation.

There is a snack bar on-site.

Great Northern Planes is a group consisting of four stellar instrumentalists who specialize in top-notch harmonies and old-fashion comedy. They present a show that takes you to a different era - when family oriented comedy mixed with incredible talent captured the attention of audiences everywhere. For more information contact Mason Smith at 503-307-2993. See

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

American Banjo Camp

is proud to announce that our 2014 class schedule is now up on the website, 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:

July 24-27, 2014 Columbia River Gorge BG Festival

Skamania County Fairgrounds, Stevenson, WA. Visit for more info.

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

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:

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
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