Washington Bluegrass Association
Bluegrass Festival Information
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We are constantly adding new shows and events.
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The Bluegrass Quilters
Will Be Visiting!
Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival
Aug 9- 10 -11 2019
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
Visitors are welcome to stop by and see what's going on as well!
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events, concerts and news pertaining to Bluegrass to General Cothren:
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our Gazette Editor.
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We are looking for bands for the 2021 Mt St Helens Festival.
Please send promo hard copy to:
Toledo Wa. 98591
The Bands Bios below is this years bands:
The Kevin Prater Band
Kevin Prater is proud to bring The Kevin Prater Band
to Mount Saint Helen's Bluegrass Festival as part of his 40th Anniversary
year of is musical journey, which began at age seven. Kevin has entertained
in 24 Countries, 49 states. Forming his first band, "Elkhorn
Grass" at age eleven, touring Kentucky and surrounding states
for eleven years. On graduation day Kevin moved to TN. to play for
Dolly Parton at Dollywood for three years. In 1997 he was asked to
audition for what would become, Grammy Nominated, James King Band.
Spending 12 years as the Mandolin Player and Tenor Vocalist for James.
During his time with James King Kevin was blessed to be part of two
"Album of the Year", a "Song of the Year" and
a "Recorded Event of the Year" award winning recorded projects.
He then toured three years with The Bluegrass Brothers, earning a
nomination as "Banjo Player Of The Year". Additionally Kevin
has played/filled in with many legends of bluegrass including Charlie
Waller & Country Gentlemen, Mac Wiseman, Mark Phillips & Third
Generation, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain and many others.
Nearly 14 years ago, Kevin formed The Kevin Prater
Band. Currently touring the USA and Canada, averaging 100 shows annually.
Completing the bands "Pure Kentucky Bluegrass" sound, on
Guitar, Ryan Lester of VA. On Fiddle, Merle Johnson of VA., Jake Burrows
of NC. fills the Banjo/Dobro slot and 18 year old Daniel Pugh, also
of NC. fills the Bass position. Every member of the band plays multiple
instruments and contributes to the bands vocals. In addition to traditional
Bluegrass, the band preforms Classic Country, Original tunes, Grassed
Up Vintage Rock and Bluegrass Gospel & Accapella.
The Central Valley Boys
The Central Valley Boys have been wow audiences across
the country for the last decade They are dedicated to bringing the
sounds of traditional Bluegrass to their fans, including songs from
The Stanley Brothers and Jimmy Martin to Rose Maddox and the Farmer
Boy s as well.
As a few we’ll placed country classics. The band is Yoseff Tucker
on guitar and award winning vocals, Dave Gooding emcee and bass, John
Cogdill mandolin and silky smooth vocals, Pete Hicks fiddle and bass
vocals and Victor Skidanenko on banjo and Vocals.
"GO AND CHECK OUT CRYING UNCLE! WE DIG WHAT
THEY ARE DOING! THE FUTURE OF MUSIC IS IN GOOD HANDS HERE!"
- David Grisman, on FB
Whether playing straight-up bluegrass or virtuosic
Dawg Grisman tunes, Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band (CUBG) delivers amazing
instrumentals and vocal leads and harmonies that catapult the band
into an elite sphere of artistry. Winners of the 2018 Pickin’ in the
Pines Band Contest in Flagstaff AZ, and selected by the International
Bluegrass Music Association to perform at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass
in North Carolina, CUBG is making waves in the bluegrass community.
Brothers Miles and Teo Quale, National and State Champion fiddlers
and pickers, are joined by award-winning bassist Andrew Osborn and
former CBA Youth Ambassador
Kentucky Sky Band
Kentucky Sky is a new traditional Bluegrass band,
featuring Randy Hackworth on guitar, Fred Frank on banjo, Emily Frank
on bass and Chad Fadely on mandolin.
Fred and Emily, a married couple have played with Chad Fadely with
the Fred and Emily Band for a number of years, but with the addition
of Randy Hackworth’s true Kentucky soulful Bluegrass voice, it was
felt that a new band name was called for.
Both Randy and Emily also write a significant portion of the band’s
songs in a traditional Bluegrass style. This makes for a refreshing,
yet familiar sound the band offers.
John and Annie with Whiskey Deaf
Whiskey Deaf plays a lively mix of lesser known traditional
bluegrass, old-time and early country tunes, and brings together a
unique blend of styles and talents. They are all seasoned professionals,
but most importantly they share a genuine joy playing this music with
one another, and it comes through in every performance - we guarantee
you'll leave the show with a smile on your face!
Stage center is Annie Staninec, whose exuberant fiddle playing and
infectious joy has been lighting up the stage internationally since
she was 12, touring with everyone from David Grisman to Rod Stewart.
Leading up many of the vocals and playing mandolin is Ethan Lawton,
who is also a founding member of the highly acclaimed band Western
Centuries. On banjo and vocals is the lightning-fingered Jamie Blair,
who has been playing bluegrass since he was a wee child and is a favorite
in the northwest. Rounding out the band is John Kael on guitar and
vocals, and Dee Johnson on the bass.