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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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Alan Munde & Bill Evans in Concert

8 PM January 23rd

Traditions Cafe, 300 5th Ave. SW, Olympia
360 705-2819 or www.traditionsfairtrade.com

Tickets at $20 ($15 student or low-income)
available in advance or at the door

Contact Dick Meyer ([email protected]) for more information

Foghorn Stringband – In Concert

Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 7:30 p.m

Foghorn Stringband, the gold standard for classic American stringband music will heat up the winter night at the Phinney Neighborhood Center on Saturday, January 31.

Foghorn never lets the music grow cold. Instead they’ve been steadily proving that American roots music is a never-ending cauldron of inspiration. They will bring a brand new recording with them from just-finished recording sessions in Kauai.

From their origins in Portland’s underground roots music scene, the core duo of Foghorn Stringband, Caleb Klauder, whose wistful, keening vocals and rapid-fire mandolin picking have always been the heart of the band, and Stephen ‘Sammy’ Lind, perhaps the best old-time fiddler of his generation, have spread the old-time stringband gospel. They’ve also brought in new influences and inspirations from their many travels and new band mates. Canadian singer and bassist Nadine Landry joined the band in 2008, and singer and guitarist Reeb Willms, came down from Bellingham with a suitcase of old, vintage country songs and a powerfully beautiful, pure voice.

Foghorn Stringband describes its music as “ass-kicking redneck stringband music” and they play it “with all the passion, warmth, bite and fire of an illicit spirit.” Folk Words Join them at the Phinney Neighborhood Center for a hot-time Saturday night on January 31.

Ticket Price: $18.00, $16.00 for SFS and PNA members, children $8.00 in advance through Brown Paper Tickets. $20 and $18 at the door

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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

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

Sponsored by Washington Bluegrass Association

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

Photos and more info soon!


Kevin Pace and the Early Edition

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

Download our flyer

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

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.

Lake Havasu Bluegrass Music Festival

March 6-8, 2015

Three days of fun along the shores of Lake Havasu
Lake Havasu State Park, Lake Havasu AZ

Click here for our flyer!

Lewis County Bluegrass Jam

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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

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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