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2015
Toledo Bluegrass Festival
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Washington Bluegrass
Association BYLAWS


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


Upcoming Shows, Events, Concerts:

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

Mekerk Gardens

Bluegrass in the Gardens
8th Annual Bluegrass Festival

Mekerk Gardens, Greenbank WA
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


Bannock County Bluegrass Festival

Bannock County

Bannock County
Aug 27-29 2015

Bannock County Bluegrass Festival
More info: Diana Morgan 360-436-1179 [email protected]
Location: Pocatello, Idaho
URL: http://www.bannockcountybluegrassfestival.com


American Heritage Campground

Bluegrass Pickin’ Party - (3rd Year)

Bluegrass Pickin' Party
Friday, September 11, 2015

American Heritage Campground
9610 Kimmie St. SW, Olympia, WA (exit 99 off I-5)
More info: 360-943-8778 or [email protected]
URL: http://www.americanheritagecampground.com


The Powell Mountain Bluegrass Band

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!


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


The Bluegrass Quilters

The Bluegrass Quilters
Will Be Visiting!

Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival
August 12-13-14 2016

The Bluegrass Quilters try to get together at Bluegrass Festivals wherever there is a room to work in. General from the Washington Bluegrass Association said he'd set up a Quilt room during Mt. St. Helens festival.

The Bluegrass Quilters is just Quilters getting together, bringing their own tools & machines, and power strips and cords. Nothing will be taught, (we do offer advice, tho - if asked) we just bring our own projects to work on.

If you have a quilt you are working on, bring it, sit and visit with us while we work our own projects and enjoy each other's company.

Visitors are welcome to stop by and see what's going on as well!


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Marjorie “Sharon” Bennett
Marjorie “Sharon” Bennett

Sharon was born on August 5, 1941 in Mount Vernon, WA to Harmon and Evelyn Marriott and passed away suddenly on August 6, 2015 in Seattle, WA. She was raised in Alger, WA, the oldest of seven children and attended Burlington Edison High School. She lived in Alger until the early 1960’s before moving to what is now Shoreline, WA with her husband Charles John Bennett and family. Sharon and John moved back to Alger upon John’s retirement in the mid 1990’s.
Sharon was a lifetime member of the Washington Bluegrass Association and was very involved with the Darrington Bluegrass Festival. She loved to emcee and play bluegrass music and traveled all over the country going to festivals. She was always opening her home up to traveling bands for a place to stay and many people in the community and across the country treated her like an adopted mom.
Sharon was preceded in death by her husband, John, her father and two brothers. She is survived by her three children: Graydon (Debbie), Kevin (Mona) and John (Laura) and two grandchildren, Jamie and Chris. She is also survived by her mother, two sisters, two brothers, one uncle and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
There will be a celebration of Sharon’s life on Saturday September 19, 2015 at 1:00 pm at the Alger Community Hall, 18735 Parkview Lane, Alger, WA. Parking is limited at the hall so if you can please park at the park and ride located two blocks north of the hall.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Sharon’s name to: Washington Bluegrass Association, P.O. Box 490, Toledo, WA 98591.



Special Notice:
We are looking for Bluegrass Bands for the
2016 Mt. St. Helens Festival
Please send promo hard copy to:
WBA
P.O.box 490
Toledo Wa. 98591

Before NOV 1, 2015 for consideration

Tommy Brown & The County Line Grass

Tommy Brown & The County Line Grass
Tommy Brown cut his teeth on classic, traditional bluegrass. A third generation musician, Tommy began pickin’ the five-string banjo at the age of six. His powerful banjo style garnered him both the Kentucky State and Tennessee State Banjo Championships. His impressive pickin’ style and soulful vocals embrace his passion for the mountain-style music he performs today.

The County Line Grass was formed in 1991 with a goup of friends who just happened to live across the county line, thus the name Tommy Brown & the County Line Grass. These days the band is more of a family affair with Tommy’s children and close friends joining him. Son Jereme plays lead guitar and lends his poignant lead, tenor and baritone vocals to the group. Daughter Rachel with an instrument twice her size, skillfully provides a solid, yet spirited rhythm on acoustic bass. Providing steady rhythm and lead and baritone vocals is close family friend, Josh “Jug” Rinkel. Josh being a talented songwriter as well, has also penned most of the group’s original material. Rounding out the band, Wayne Fyffe’s energetic fiddle will make you get up and dance, while his emotional back-up work provides the perfect complement to the groups moving ballads.

Tommy Brown and the County Line Grass have released nine outstanding albums: Road Signs and White Lines, Reminiscing, Mountain Bluegrass, Hard Drivin’, Fallen Leaves, I Wanna Go Back, Heartbreak Road, Way Back When, and their latest, Leaving This Town, was released on October 28, 2014 on Randm Records.


Phillip Steinmetz & His Sunny Tennesseans

Phillip Steinmetz & His Sunny Tennesseans
Nationally known Bluegrass band, Phillip Steinmetz and His Sunny Tennesseans will be making the 2400 mile trek west from their home in Waverly, Tennessee to Toledo, Washington to perform at the Mt. St. Helens Bluegrass Festival this summer.

Steinmetz comes from a family of musicians having been taught to play clawhammer banjo at the tender age of eleven by his Great Uncle, Grandpa Jones of Hee Haw and Grand Old Opry fame. An accomplished singer and musician, Phillip has won the National Old Time Banjo Championship three times as well as the Florida State Banjo Championship. He is a regular on RFD-TV’s the Cumberland Highlander Show, the radio show Nashville Traditions and performed at “Opry Fest”, the 75th birthday of the Grand Old Opry. Phillip and wife Misty have been married for 12 years and have 3 children. According to General Cothren, president of the Washington Bluegrass Association, “We’ve been looking to get Phillip out here for quite some time. Phillip and His Sunny Tennesseans are dedicated to carrying on the tradition of old time bluegrass mountain music. We’re excited to bring a band of this caliber to the Pacific Northwest!”


John Kael and Annie Staninec & Whiskey

John Kael and Annie Staninec & Whiskey
Annie Staninec
began her musical obsession at age four. As a young adult she has since toured nationally, has been an instructor in highly regarded music camps, and has been a featured performer with such artists as David Grisman, Darol Anger, Mike Marshall and Stephane Wrembel. Currently Annie performs with numerous artists across multiple genres. A quick Google search will yield information regarding her current gigs.

John Kael has been performing, recording and teaching bluegrass and traditional music for nearly 20 years, and is also an established songwriter - his award-winning song Handmade Cross can be heard on the Grammy-nominated album “Hard Game of Love” by Doyle Lawson. John and Annie perform with various combinations of guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, accordion and voice.

This exciting duo weaves a fascinating musical tale with every performance. Both talented multi-instrumentalists with rich musical backgrounds, John Kael and Annie Staninec share a passion for finding great old songs and giving them new life. Their love for traditional music and for playing with one another comes through in every piece, and Annie’s exuberance and natural musicality grab audience’s hearts wherever she plays. John and Annie present a mix of old-time, bluegrass, early country and Americana on a variety of acoustic instruments – from moody mountain ballads to fierce and fiery fiddle tunes.


Rural Delivery

Rural Delivery
Rural Delivery is a contemporary bluegrass band that is known for their harmonious and energetic performances around the greater Northwest since 1976. These five musicians pride themselves in playing the finest acoustic music. Band members include: Terrence Enyeart, Steve Thomas, Dale Williams, Rick Mead and Deb Enyeart.


John Shubert & The Stray Dogs

John Shubert & The Stray Dogs
The Stray Dogs Bluegrass Band performs contemporary bluegrass, classic country and acoustic roots music for fans in western Washington state.

As the name “Stray Dogs” suggests, our musical heritage stems from a decidedly mixed ancestry. Basic ingredients include the instrumentation and material created and performed by the traditional bluegrass greats such as Bill Monroe and Flatt and Scruggs. We add arrangements and material from contempory bluegrass artists such as JD Crowe and Doyle Lawson as well as strong influences from classic country artists such as Buck Owens and Merle Haggard. Finally, more recent influences include old time and acoustic roots music as performed by Crooked Still and Jakob Dylan.


   

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