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Mt ST Helens Bluegrass Festival
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Wagner Instruments

Wagner Instruments

Wagner Instruments

Wagner Instruments

Powell Mountain Bluegrass Band

Dusty Strings

Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising

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Award winning original roots music entertainment. Come and see what the quartet that calls themselves Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising is all about!

Bluegrass Minstrels


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We are constantly adding new shows and events.

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Washington Bluegrass Winter Concert Series
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Blythe Bluegrass Festival
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Phoenix Rising Band

Guitars for Vets

Successful Fundraiser to Bring Guitars to Veterans

On Saturday, April 30, 2016 the SW Washington Bluegrass Jamboree in Vancouver, WA, raised $1,159.50 for the local chapter of Guitars 4 Vets. (www.guitars4vets.org ). The event was hosted by the band Somewhere Between (Julie Hukee, Chris Rasmussen, Pam McNamara, Dennis McBride and Mark Rauch) and the English Estate Winery. Attendees enjoyed an open mic session, community potluck, and concert. When Pam McNamara visited the VA in Vancouver and found out there wasn’t a Guitars 4 Vets chapter in Vancouver, the band organized the event to start a Vancouver chapter. The Guitars 4 Vets program will recruit volunteer guitar teachers who will teach a six week course to veterans. If the course is completed, the VA will give the veteran a guitar. Congratulations on the start of something wonderful for our veterans!
Somewhere Between has been performing at the English Estate Winery one Sunday afternoon a month for the past two years. Visit www.englishestatewinery.com/events for more info.

The Bluegrass Quilters

The Bluegrass Quilters
Will Be Visiting!

Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival
Aug 11th 12th 13th -2017-

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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Please welcome Dian Hagen
([email protected]) as our new Gazette Editor. For ad specs, advertising cost and a publication schedule,
visit our Gazette Page

Special Notice:
We are looking for Bluegrass Bands for the
2017 Mt. St. Helens Festival
Please send promo hard copy to:
P.O.box 490
Toledo Wa. 98591

Before NOV 1, 2016 for consideration

Bands for Mount St. Helens 2016 festival:
"NOTE: The 2016 bands will be taken off when the 2017 bands are selected"

Sammy Adkins and the Sandy Hook Mountain Boys
Sammy Adkins and the Sandy Hook Mountain Boys

Sammy Adkins was born and raised in Sandy Hook, Kentucky just a few miles from the late Keith Whitley. His father bought him his first guitar at the age of five years. Sammy taught himself to play and sing by listening to records of Carter and Ralph Stanley. He knew he wanted to play and sing lust like his idol, Carter Stanley.
He formed his own band in 1970 and they played a lot of festivals and indoor shows, but his big break didn’t come until 1986 when he went to work singing lead for Dr. Ralph Stanley. He played with Ralph Stanley for four years and soon after formed Sammy Adkins and the Sandy Hook Mountain Boys.
Sammy and his band continue to play the old mountain style bluegrass that so many people have grown to love.

Central Valley Boys
The Central Valley Boys

No frills or fancy stuff, just down home Bluegrass music at its finest. A Central Valley Boys show typically includes songs performed in the traditional style in respect to Vern Williams, the greatest Bluegrass musician to live in California. Songs like “Bald Knob Arkansas” and “Oh Susannah!” done in the traditional style can be heard at a Central Valley Boys show.
Band leader Yoseff Tucker is known for his outstanding guitar playing and is a five-time Northern California Bluegrass Society Guitar Player of the Year. in 2010 he shared the title of Male Vocalist of the Year.
Victor Skidanenko is known as one of the finest banjo players on the West Coast. Victor adds a deep traditional dimension to the band, singing heartfelt leads and soaring tenor.
John Cogdill is a multi-talented musician who brings his mandolin skills to the Central Valley Boys. Whether a fiery fast solo or beautiful tremolo on the slow numbers, it’s always with taste and style.
Dave Gooding holds the rhythm down with his solid bass playing. He also emcees our shows, bringing a bit of Central Valley Boys humor to the performance.
Peter Hicks is one of the finest fiddlers around His tasteful, authentic fiddle playing and full, powerful voice complete the Central Valley Boys sound.

John Kael and Annie Staninec
John Kael and Annie Staninec & Whiskey Deaf

Annie Staninec’s musical obsession began at age four. As a young adult she has since toured nationally and has been an instructor in highly regarded music camps. 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.

Fern Hill Bluegrass Band
Fern Hill Bluegrass Band

Fern Hill approaches its bluegrass music in the style of the classic bands of the 1950’s. This special attention to detail results in an instantly identifiable rhythmic sound that both devotees and newcomers to music will love.
Paul Smith is the lead singer and rhythm guitar player for Fern Hill. He has been playing this music since his childhoood days and has performed with Northwest bands for years, playing guitar and bass fiddle. Rollie Champe is the lead singer and mandolin player for the band and also plays guitar and bass. John Van Brocklin plays the 5-string banjo and is known for his strong, classic style of playing similar to J.D. Crowe, Ralph Stanley, and Earl Scruggs. Mike Eisler plays fiddle and sings harmony for Fern Hill. He has an original instrumental project available on CD called “Lost Tribe”. The bass player for Fern Hill is Brett Champe.

The Hossettes

Sharing a reverence for the soulful harmonies and powerful drive of the pioneering bands of bluegrass, the Hossettes bring tremendous talent and energy to the stage. Featuring Jenny Lynn Williams on guitar, Angela Personeni on banjo, Hailey Pexton on mandolin, Julie Cooper on fiddle, and Karen Wilhoyte on bass, the Hossettes impress audiences with duets, trios, and even an occasional quartet number. In addition to their traditional repertoire, they also perform Williams’ original songs, which offer a fresh sound while maintaining the band’s firm roots in classic bluegrass.

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