Wintergrass 2016-Lineup

Jerry Douglas Presents the Earls Of Leicester-Friday Only

The Seldom Scene-Friday/Saturday


Martha Redbone’s Roots Project-Friday/Sunday


Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver-Sat/Sun

Noam Pikelny-Friday Only

The Steel Wheels-Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Helen Highwater-Saturday Only

Dustbowl Revival-Saturday Only


Songs of the Fall-Thursday/Friday

Country  Hammer-Saturday Only

Mustered Courage-Friday/Saturday

The Earl Brothers-Thursday/Saturday

The Molly Tuttle Band-Thursday/Sunday

Trout Steak Revival-Thursday/Saturday

The Bombadils-Saturday/Sunday

The Hounds Tooth Boys-Thursday/Saturday

The Bumper Jacksons-Friday Only

Petunia and The Vipers-Friday Only

Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons-Saturday Only

Evie Laden Band-Saturday/Sunday

Downtown Mountain Boys-Friday Only

North Country Bluegrass-Thursday/Saturday

Rabbit Wilde-Thursday/Friday

Stumptown Swing-Saturday Only


The Misty Mommas-Saturday/Sunday

The Huck Finn Jubilee June 12-14 2015

Established in 1975 at the hands of a homegrown, Southern California family, the Huck Finn Jubilee is a three-day gathering of true bluegrass music lovers. It is a genuine embodiment of endless pickin’ parties, instrumental roots education, and bands performing to fans that believe in the core value that bluegrass is about more than just the music. It is a community- one that delivers the nostalgia of music-driven campgrounds, bare feet, laughter, dancing, instrument exploration, and the development of new friendships.

Huck Finn Jubilee, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, supports the cross-pollination and belief in the evolution of this music. This unique festival showcases an array of musicians spanning across local, regional, and national Grammy nominated and award-winning bands alike.  Huck Finn is dedicated in delivering exceptional headlining musicians as well as up and coming talent who will continue to fight for the deep-bedded roots of bluegrass while creating sounds for the future.  Bluegrass tunes can largely be described as narratives on the everyday lives of the people whence the music came.  The Huck Finn Jubilee is held annually on the second weekend of June.

Huck Finn Jubilee 2015 Schedule

Dr. Ralph Stanley will be a Special Guest and will surprise us by sitting in with a few bands on the Friday line-up.

Friday, June 12 Saturday, June 13 Sunday, June 14
9:15 AM

9:15 AM
10:00 AM
Damascus Road

9:15 AM
10:00 AM
9:30 AM
9:45 AM
10:00 AM
10:15 AM

10:15 AM
11:15 AM
Tennessee Mafia Jug Band

10:15 AM
11:15 AM
10:30 AM
10:45 AM
11:00 AM
11:15 AM
11:30 AM

11:30 AM
12:30 PM
Lonesome River Band

11:30 AM
12:30 PM
Blue Highway

11:30 AM
12:30 PM
11:45 AM
12:00 PM
12:15 PM
12:30 PM
12:45 PM
1:00 PM
The Spinney Brothers

1:00 PM
2:15 PM
Steep Canyon Rangers

1:00 PM
2:15 PM
1:15 PM
1:30 PM
1:45 PM
2:00 PM
2:15 PM
2:30 PM
2:45 PM
Sierra Hull

2:45 PM
4:00 PM
3:00 PM
3:15 PM
3:30 PM
3:45 PM
4:00 PM
4:15 PM
4:30 PM
4:45 PM
5:00 PM
5:15 PM
5:30 PM
5:45 PM
6:00 PM
6:15 PM
6:30 PM
Hot Rize ft. Red Knuckles

6:30 PM
8:00 PM
Jeff Austin Band

6:30 PM
8:00 PM
Greensky Bluegrass

6:30 PM
8:00 PM
6:45 PM
7:00 PM
7:15 PM
7:30 PM
7:45 PM
8:00 PM
8:15 PM
8:30 PM
8:45 PM
Del McCoury Band

8:45 PM
11:00 PM
Railroad Earth

8:45 PM
10:45 PM
Leftover Salmon

8:45 PM
10:45 PM
9:00 PM
9:15 PM
9:30 PM
9:45 PM
10:00 PM
10:15 PM
10:30 PM
10:45 PM
11:00 PM

11:00 PM
11:15 PM
11:30 PM
11:45 PM
12:00 AM
12:15 AM
12:30 AM
12:45 AM

** Schedule subject to change without notice.

Wintergrass 2015 Performers-Faast & Blair

Two Northwest Bluegrass powerhouses join
forces to perform extreme bluegrass as Faast
& Blair. Veteran band leader, Mike Faast, (The
Jangles, Brother’s Keeper, The Archtops, and
The Stringcats) and gifted banjo player Jamie
Blair decided it was high time they started
performing together. They scooped up two
other Northwest luminaries, Paul Elliott
(fiddle) and Jeff Westerinen (bass) to form
Faast & Blair. Mike Faast sings songs that are
true to the workingman and Blair brings these
stories to life with his energetic and precise
banjo playing and high tenor harmonies.
Faast and Blair move from being a duet to a
four/five piece band with ease and grace, never
letting their crisp and clear sound slide. Faast,
an accomplished songwriter, injects his own
poetic lyrics into the band’s repertoire. With
professionalism and a great respect for the
genre, one moment, their music transports
you to the 1920’s mountains of Kentucky
and the next races through their spin on
a contemporary pop tune. Mike launches
into Bill Monroe’s “A Good Woman’s Love”
and the band surrounds his warm growl of
a voice with heart-melting harmony. Jamie
is Mr. Clean as he tears through banjo riffs
and solos. He’s also possibly the only artist at
Wintergrass with Top Secret clearance from
the government. We don’t know what that
means in a bluegrass context, but we guess it
means your secrets are safe with him.
Paul Elliott is no stranger to West Coast
listeners. He has performed with The Good
Old Persons, John Reischman, Michelle
Shocked, Alison Brown, Buell Neidlinger, and
of course, The Downtown Mountain Boys.
Jeff Westerinen is also a sought after player,
performing these days as the mandolinist in
The Stray Dog

Wintergrass Preview @ The Bellevue Public Library-Cliff Perry Band

Cliff Perry Band Sunday Feb 22 at 2:00PM


A warm-up for Wintergrass

Come to Bellevue Library Feb 22 and get ready for Wintergrass Music Festival coming February 26 to March 1 to the Bellevue Hyatt Regency. Listen to some soulful bluegrass singing, heartfelt harmonies and gutsy picking by these outstanding local musicians. You’ll get a preview of what you’ll experience the next week at the festival.

     The Cliff Perry Band is:

Mary Simkin-Maass, fabulous fiddle, Ethan Lawton, marvelous mandolin,

Jamie Blair*, blazing banjo, Greg Maass, devilish Dobro,

Mary Fleischman, backbone bass, & Cliff Perry, grand master guitar

*Tom Keeney, a banjo playing host on KBCS 91.3 FM, will fill in for Jamie

Bellevue Public Library  

1111 110th Ave NE Bellevue 98004

Sponsored by Friends of the Library

Wintergrass 2015 Performers-Matuto

When guitarist Clay Ross and accordionist Rob Curto stepped out on stage in front of ten thousand party-ready Brazilians in the northeastern city of Recife, they weren’t quite sure what to expect. It was their first ever show as Matuto.

“A defining moment,” Ross recalls, thinking back to that fateful show in 2009 when he had received a Fullbright grant to perform in Brazil, and had invited the Portuguese-speaking, forró expert Curto to join the project. They had played together in various configurations around Brooklyn’s wildly cross-cultural music scene, but had never worked together so closely.

“There, on that massive stage, during the apex of Carnaval, through our jazz-influenced originals and bluegrass barnburners our ‘little project’ became the new center of our musical worlds,” recounts Ross. “Feeling that crowd stomp along, with their Brazilian dosey-doe and joyful abandon, was truly special.  Since then, we’ve toured the world recreating that moment.” It was that moment when Matuto (Brazilian slang for “country boy”) knew they were onto something.

That serendipitous, dance floor-friendly something remains delightfully open ended, a question the band poses about culture’s mutability and migratory habits, about what it means to embrace and treasure sounds from outside the musical world you were born into. It’s a question that’s unfolded throughout many centuries of African and European co-mingling in the Americas, from Brazil to the American South.

“The tension of cultural intersection is an exciting place to exist.  It’s what makes our musical choices feel relevant and exciting,” Ross reflects. “With the music we can ask:  What does it mean to be human?  Why create imaginary borders?  Music offers a safe place to live with these questions.”

Matuto’s songs can sway hips just as easily as spark insights. On stage, instruments (accordion, guitar, bass, drums, cavaquinho, zabumba, and triangle) whirl around the core of Matuto’s sound: the syncopations of Brazilian music and the folk traditions of the American South. It’s Bluegrass meets Brazil. It’s an unlikely combination on paper, but on the dance floor, it just feels right.

You’ll hear Brazil in the rich tones of Rob Curto’s forró accordion playing, in the rural rhythms of maracatu (from the Pernambuco region), in the urban beats of Rio’s samba, and in the intricate, chorinho-inspired melodies. All of this balanced with clear connections to American jazz, blues, bluegrass, and folk.

The band’s core members share a combined obsession with connecting the dots between Brazil, rural America, and creative reinterpretation of long-standing party-hardy forms. In 2002, South Carolina native Clay Ross moved to New York to pursue a jazz career, but just a few years later found himself in Recife, Brazil, immersed in the region’s folkloric music. Returning to New York, he began looking for like-minded conspirators, finding the perfect match for his love of Brazilian music in renowned accordionist Rob Curto (Forró for All). Born in New York, Curto is widely regarded as forró’s (NE Brazil’s accordion-driven country roots music) foremost ambassador in the States. He spent years living and playing in Brazil, completely absorbing and interpreting the country’s musical traditions.

Since that Carnival coup in Recife, the U.S.-based group has toured North America and Brazil, playing hundreds of shows each year, from popular American world music and folk festivals to major Brazilian celebrations. They have been featured showcase artists at the prestigious annual world music gathering WOMEX and have toured as U.S. State Department musical ambassadors in Africa, Europe, and The Middle East.

Tapping NYC’s diverse jazz, roots, and world music scen4_matuto-by-vincent-soyezes, they have recorded three highly regarded albums including most recently The Africa Suite, a series of original pieces based on the band’s engagement with the people, sounds, and traditions on the road as ambassadors. The Africa Suite focuses the band’s fascination with the cultural push and pull between Africa and the Americas, creating a musical snapshot of the five countries on its 2013 State Department-sponsored tour.

Matuto revels in cultures colliding and in the ongoing exchange of ideas.  They know its history is not without tension, but those very tensions can fire creative expression and good times.  “We’re questioning the boundaries and borders of the present and past” muses Ross. “We can’t always answer these questions, but we can let them guide us towards new possibilities through music.”