The Washington Bluegrass Association is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1982. Its purpose is to promote, encourage, foster, and cultivate the preservation and understanding, enjoyment and support of bluegrass and other closely related music of these United States of America.
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The only thing that’s better than a lot of good bluegrass music is a lot of good bluegrass music while you’re sitting and quilting! Every year the Mount St. Helens Festival hosts a quilting room where quilters get to enjoy the best of both worlds. We bring our own tools and machines, power strips, etc. Nothing will be taught; we just bring our own projects to work on (we do offer advice, tho - if asked).
If you have a quilt you’re working on, bring it and sit and visit with us while we work on our own projects and enjoy each other's company.
Visitors are welcome to stop by and see what's going on as well!
Send an email with upcoming events, concerts and news pertaining to Bluegrass to General Cothren:
We are looking for bands for the 2021 Mt St Helens Festival. Please send promo hard copy to:
WBA P.O.box 490 Toledo Wa. 98591
The Kevin Prater
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
- 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.