IBMA 2020 Virtual World of Bluegrass

Through the years many Wintergrass staff, volunteers and fans have both been involved and attended the events at the IBMA World of Bluegrass. This year the entire event will be virtual. There are two parts that can be attended virtually this year. The FREE Music pass is available and an an enhanced full convention for Non-Members is available for $149

There is way to much going on with all of the this to list the workshops, contests and conference.

Here is some info and links for the full info.

Wintergrass Pocketgrass

Episode OneBlackberries
To watch Pocketgrass this Thursday, September 10th at 7pm PST, click here:Click to View the Episode
Please note, the episode will not be available until Thursday, however, you can bookmark the link. The episode will remain available on our Youtube channel Pocketgrass Playlist so you can view it again and again. In addition to the Pocketgrass playlist you’ll also find a Jam-along playlist and coming soon, a workshop playlist.
Cook with Us! Before the episode whip up some Blackberry Bomb or make your own Blackberry treat. Click Here for the Recipe
We rely on your donations to make Pocketgrass happen.The proceeds from each episode are shared with the creators and participants so your donations have an immediate and direct impact on both Wintergrass and the featured artists.
Please donate to the Blackberry episode here:Episode One Donations
Post-Show Party!  Join us for a post episode party via our new favorite home invader, Zoom.  You’ll be able to move among several different rooms, find your friends, talk to artists, and just generally virtually bump into a lot of the people you’ve been missing.  Also, you’ll be helping us figure out a thing or two.  Copy this info into your calendar and join us in the ‘Green Room’ after the show at 8pm.
Pocketgrass Blackberry Episode Green Room8pmThursday, September 10thMeeting ID: 843 9486 7653Passcode: Blackberry

Friends of Wintergrass – Whippoorwill Arts Festival of Americana Music -Free Livestream August 29 & 30 2020


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Featuring two days of Workshops, Music, Live Q&A and more!

Music by Nell & Jim Band, and Whippoorwill Arts Award Winners Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Brittany Haas, Snap Jackson, Kamara Thomas, Annie Staninec, Molly Tuttle and Keith Little.

Whippoorwill Arts Festival celebrates the musical accomplishments, extraordinary talent, community spirit, and creative soul of artists. Join us for the first-ever virtual Whippoorwill Arts Festival. A combination of virtual workshops, live music streams, real-time Q&A sessions, and more, this year’s Whippoorwill Arts Festival features 2020 Whippoorwill Arts Artist Award winners Brittany Hass, Annie Staninec, Snap Jackson, and Kamara Thomas, as well as Master Artist Award winner, the legendary Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. Live stream both days of Whippoorwill Arts Festival right here and find out more about this year’s award winners here.

RSVP* please!

*We are hoping to create events that YOU will enjoy. When you RSVP, it lets us know which events are most popular, and we can plan to include more of your favorites in the future! To say THANK YOU, your email address will be entered in our raffle for a chance to win FREE CDs, coffee, mugs, concert tickets and more!

Friends of Wintergrass -Virtual Festival with We Banjo Three August 29th 2020


Saturday, August 29th, 2020

Harnessing the unique potential of the shared live music experience in a virtual setting, Follow the Light brings artists and fans together for an entertaining, engaging and authentic celebration of community. Hosted with We Banjo 3’s signature heart and humor, the immersive live event weaves in musical performances by WB3, Gaelic Storm, Sharon Shannon, Nathan Carter and The East Pointers, with non-music festival features throughout the program.

Show begins at 2pm PT / 3pm MT / 5pm ET / 10pm GMT

Length: 2 hours

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Friends of Wintergrass Event – Rivertunes at Home

Roots Music Camp brings the spirit of learning with friends, old & new, this summer with RIVERTUNES AT HOME online virtual learning experience now OPEN for registration! all the deets and complete info. at
Thank you for sharing this adventure with friends and family – wherever they may be in the world. Complete info. at Thank you for sharing this adventure with friends and family; they – and you – can join us from wherever y’all may be in the world!102288780_10221927671683966_4514496098165685797_o

Ogden Music Festival 2020 Goes Virtual

Live Streaming! Ogden Music Festival 2020

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Event: Ogden Music Festival 2020
Date : Friday 29 May 2020 – Sunday 31 May 2020
Loc. : Ogden, UT, US

ATTENTION : for easy registration, please register now to keep from network busy or access full, before the performance begins…

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Nectar Virtual Concert Series – RGP’s Deadgrass

As part of the Nectar Lounge Virtual Concert Series Ricky Gene Powell’s Deadgrass performs on Thursday May 28th.

Join us for live stream #18 of Nectar Virtual Concert Series feat RGP’s DeadGrass! Please “Pay What You Will” and thanks for your support!
Ricky Gene Powell & Return of DeadGrass celebrates all eras of the Grateful Dead performed with a Bluegrass twist.


Join us for NVCS livestream #18 feat RGP’s DeadGrass. Please click the “tickets” button and “Pay What You Will”. Thanks for your support!
About this Event
and tune in for the live stream THU 5/28 @ 8pm PT

5.28 Thursday (Bluegrass Dead Tribute)
Nectar & The PBJ Present:
featuring the return of
8:00pm PT

“Pay What You Will” ($10 & up suggested)
1. Click “tickets” button and contribute any amount you’d like!
2. or contribute via
3. or send via Venmo: @nectar-lounge
NVCS supports the musicians, Nectar staff & venue operations during COVID-19 lockdown. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!

***Keeping performers and limited crew safe is the #1 priority and we have a series of ground rules that require strict adherence as prerequisite to proceeding with each of these performances. We limit the people in the building to the absolute minimum of essential workforce only and have measures in place to promote social distancing before, during, and after performances. Self-reporting and temperature taking is a mandatory request to ensure nobody is symptomatic. Musicians are encouraged to wear masks while not performing. We do sanitize equipment after each performance, and do not allow sharing of microphones. Hand sanitizer is available throughout and of course we encourage hand hygiene, while discouraging any/all contact between individuals, face touching, etc and prohibiting close contact between crew and performers.***
It was with a heavy heart that we all had to cancel our shows, and while we’ll be missing live concerts for awhile, we of course agree that it’s most important to prioritize the health and safety of our community first and foremost.
We hope that NVCS brings fans some much needed entertainment and a welcome distraction during these otherwise challenging times!
Thanks for your continued support, stay safe and healthy out there, and we look forward to seeing you at this or another stream in the Nectar Virtual Concert Series, and of course at the next live concert when we reopen!

With Love,
Team Nectar & The PBJ Present

2020 Northwest Folklife “From Home to Home”



Northwest Folklife believes that promoting our arts, culture, and heritage is paramount in nourishing our lives. Amidst these times of uncertainty, we have heard the need for a space to connect during these digitally-driven circumstances. As such, in line with our mission to continue to serve our community, we have created a virtual platform where we can collectively showcase our folklife, right from our homes. From Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival, taking place online on Memorial Day Weekend (May 23-25, 2020), features multiple program channels and a virtual marketplace that will bring together local culture bearers, artists, creatives, sponsors, and merchants all on one platform.
Launching with From Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival, this new larger platform will host all of Northwest Folklife’s virtual programs and will continue to provide a space for our collective voice, arts, and traditions to be shared and celebrated.
This year’s poster features artwork by renowned artist Preston Singletary and was designed by Mike Strassburger.

Here is the link to the schedule
The program channels include:

Folklife Premieres
Sponsored by Bike Works, NASH, KEXP, KNKX, and KBCS
A livestream of premiered music and dance performances from Pacific Northwest artists

The Roadhouse: Participatory Workshops & Dances
A livestream featuring interactive dances such as contra, salsa, and more

On-Demand: Music & Dance
A hub of artist-submitted videos spanning music, dance, storytelling, and more

Family Fun: Dance and Sing
Sponsored by BECU, ParentMap, and Seattle’s Child
Prerecorded music and dance performances to get your kids moving and learning

Family Fun: Create and Explore
Sponsored by BECU, ParentMap, and Seattle’s Child
Additional videos, photos, and downloadable content to promote interactive learning for the whole family

Living Legacies
Honoring our Cultural Focus through a collection of video interviews with Culture Bearers, teaching artists, and leaders and an array of community-submitted testimonies

Festival Artist Directory
Highlighting the 600+ artists initially slated to perform at the Northwest Folklife Festival

Virtual Marketplace
Featuring over 30 local jewelry, decor, apparel, food, and craft merchants with direct links to their online shops

From Home to Home: Northwest Folklife Festival!
May 23-25, 2020 online here at
Suggested Daily Donation: $20 per person | $30 per family
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Wintergrass 2020 Peformers-The Special Consensus

The Special Consensus is a bluegrass band that has achieved a contemporary sound in their four decades of performing, making their music a modern classic. Band leader and founder Greg Cahill is a recipient of the prestigious Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and Special Consensus has received five awards from the IBMA and two Grammy nominations.


Special Consensus’ sound is grounded in a deep appreciation and understanding of bluegrass music; the infectious band sound reminds people of the past while utilizing the innovations of today.  With the foundation of Greg’s unique banjo playing style, Rick Faris (guitar), Nate Burie (mandolin), and Dan Eubanks (bass) effortlessly support each other and consistently maintain their bluegrass center whether they’re playing a jazz-tinged instrumental or a song from their award-winning John Denver tribute album. These four talented vocalists and instrumentalists follow their creative desires without straying too far from their roots.

Rivers and Roads, the band’s 19th recording, was nominated for a 2019 Grammy, received five 2018 IBMA nominations and was awarded Album of the Year. The tune “Squirrel Hunters” from that recording received the Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year award.

Rivers and Roads captures the energy of a live Special C show. Just listen to Rick’s high, emotional singing, Nate’s fluid mandolin providing the formidable counter to Greg’s driving banjo and Dan holding everything together on the bass with his bluegrass, country, and jazz experience. Their voices blend seamlessly. International tours have brought the band to Canada, Europe, South America, Ireland and the United Kingdom. The band has also appeared on National Public Radio, The Nashville Network, the Grand Ole Opry at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, and in concert with symphony orchestras nationwide.

Dedicated to preserving their craft as well as keeping it fresh, in 1984 Special Consensus initiated the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program to introduce bluegrass music to students in schools across the country and in several foreign lands.

Special C’s continued success is a testament to their adaptability and contemporary appeal. The band records for Compass Records and proudly celebrates its 45th anniversary in 2020.

Chicago born and bred, Greg has been playing bluegrass banjo since the early 1970s. He co-founded The Special Consensus in Chicago in 1975 and has continued to tour nationally and internationally with the band ever since. In 1984, he created the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program to introduce students of all ages to bluegrass music. He has appeared on all 19 of The Special Consensus recordings, on numerous recordings by other artists and on many national television and radio commercial jingles. Greg has also released three recordings: “Lone Star” (1980, with guests Jethro Burns and Byron Berline); “Blue Skies” (1992, with Chicago mandolinist Don Stiernberg); and “Night Skies” (1998, with Don Stiernberg and guests Sam Bush, Glen Duncan and Tom Boyd). He has also recorded and toured European countries with the ChowDogs (Greg and Slavek Hanzlik, Dallas Wayne and Ollie O’Shea). Greg has released four banjo instructional DVDs and three banjo tablature books and he teaches banjo at festival workshops and music camps nationally and internationally. He is a banjo instructor at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and has been an adjunct faculty member of the music department (teaching banjo) at Columbia College in Chicago. He served on the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Board of Directors from 1998-2010 (Board Chair/President 2006-2010), became a Kentucky Colonel in 2010 and was awarded the prestigious IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award in 2011. Greg was also appointed to the Board of Directors of the Nashville-based Foundation for Bluegrass Music in 2007, elected President of the organization in 2011 and rotated off that board in 2012. The 2012 Compass Records band recording “Scratch Gravel Road” was GRAMMY-nominated for Best Bluegrass Album; the 2014 Compass Records band recording “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” received two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards; the 2016 Compass Records band recording “Long I Ride” received an IBMA award and the 2018 Compass Records recording “Rivers And Roads” received two IBMA awards (one for Album of the Year) and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. Greg was elected to the Recording Academy Chicago Chapter Board of Directors as a Governor in 2018 and he will be inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Hall of Greats in Nashville, TN in February 2020

Rick is known in the world of bluegrass music as an award-winning guitar player. Born in Illinois, raised in Arkansas and Missouri, Rick and his family moved to Kansas in 1991, and he started playing with the Faris Family Bluegrass Band in 1998. Although guitar was his first instrument (he began playing when he was 7 years old), Rick also plays dobro, banjo and mandolin. The Faris Family band toured extensively throughout the USA and Canada and was awarded Traditional Bluegrass Group of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Entertaining Group of the Year several times by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA). Rick was awarded the SPBGMA Midwest Guitar Performer of the Year in 2005 and 2008. He was one of the first teachers at the Americana Music Academy in Lawrence, Kansas (where he remained a teacher of guitar and dobro for five years). When not on the road, Rick spends his “spare time” as an excellent luthier, building guitars (there is a two-year waiting list). Rick became the Special Consensus mandolin player in 2009 and appeared on the 2010 band recording “35,” on the 2012 Grammy-nominated band recording “Scratch Gravel Road” and on the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award-winning band recording “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” (all released by Compass Records). In 2015, Rick moved to the guitar player position (playing the guitar he built for himself) and he made his recording debut as the Special C guitar player on the 2016 Compass Records band recording “Long I Ride,” which also received an IBMA award. The 2018 Compass Records band recording “Rivers And Roads” received two IBMA awards (one for Album of the Year) and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. Rick’s first solo recording “Breaking In Lonesome” was released on the Dark Shadow Recording label in mid-2019 and continues to receive rave reviews

Dan grew up in Crystal City and St. Louis, Missouri, and his grandparents began taking him to bluegrass festivals at a very young age in the 1970s. He began playing music on drums, then banjo and guitar, and eventually electric bass at age 12. Dan played in country and rock bands throughout high school and attended college on a music scholarship. His study of jazz bass playing eventually led him to the upright bass and a very diverse musical education that included study of nearly all styles of American music and procurement of a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Webster University in St. Louis. In 2003, after many years of teaching at several St. Louis-area colleges and universities as an adjunct professor, Dan’s desire to get back to his bluegrass and country roots prompted his move to Nashville. He has been teaching, performing with various bands and working as a studio session musician since his relocation, and he has appeared on the television show “Nashville” several times as a side musician in bands that support main characters. Dan joined Special Consensus in 2013 and made his first band recording appearance on the 2014 Compass Records band recording “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” that received two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards. He also appeared on the 2016 Compass Records band recording “Long I Ride,” which also received an IBMA award, and on the 2018 Compass Records band recording “Rivers And Roads” that received two IBMA awards (one for Album of the Year) and a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. Dan released a solo recording titled “Look What The City’s Done” in March 2019.

Nate Burie hails from the state of Wisconsin. The
product of a multi-generational musical family, he started playing bluegrass
and gospel with his three siblings at age 9, when their band The Burie Family
began performing locally in the Milwaukee, WI area. The family garnered local
and regional awards in music, as well as national attention and nominations
with the release of their fifth and final project, “Here Today Gone Tomorrow.”
While he remained in Wisconsin, Nate was given a platform to mature his
mandolin, guitar and vocal styles by playing and recording with Illinois
traditional bluegrass band Bluegrass Express and a duet of his own organization
and producing, Anderson Burie. In the spring of 2018, Nate joined Summer Brooke
& Mountain Faith, America’s Got Talent contestant and 2016 IBMA
Emerging Artist of the Year band from North Carolina. He held multiple roles
with that band as the mandolinist, rhythm and lead guitarist and baritone and
tenor vocalist. Nate toured with Mountain Faith for a year before relocating to
Nashville, Tennessee, where he currently resides. He joined Special Consensus
in 2019, playing his custom Sorensen Pacifica mandolin and singing lead and
baritone vocals.