Two Additions to the Wintergrass 2010 Lineup-The Absynth Quintet,Kate Power and Steve Einhorn

Two new additions to the Wintergrass 2010 lineup, The Absynth Quintet– a quintet that performs a more gypsy jazzy style of bluegrass and Kate Power and Steve Einhorn who play a more folk style of music featuring their harmony singing and some great ukulele playing.

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Early Wintergrass 2010 Tickets on Sale until September 1,2009

February 25-28, 2010

Hyatt Regency

Bellevue WA

Discount tickets on sale now through September 1, 2009! Here is the link to the ticket info http://www.acousticsound.org/wg_tickets.htm

4-day Weekend Pass $110 – a $25 savings off the at-the-door price!

(further discounts for seniors, Canadians, active military and kids, of course)

Discounted single day tickets also available through September 1, 2009

Some Bellevue Hyatt Regency Information

Sneak Peak

So, what’s it like anyway? Bellevue? The Hyatt Regency? Located within The Bellevue Collection, a premier urban streetscape with over 250 shops, 22 restaurants and lounges, a landmark cinema, a contemporary billiards and comedy club, day-spas, and Lucky Strike Lanes – all connected by sky-bridges.  A very green picturesque Northwest city, Bellevue is home to outdoor adventures like hiking, boating, golfing and more. Here is a link to a guide to downtown Bellevue dining choices aside from the various restaurants in the Hyatt itself and the Bellevue Collection

Our first visits to the Hyatt were filled with great trepidation and a pretty good dose of skepticism. But we were as surprised as anyone to be won over the second we stepped across the threshold. But don’t take our word for it. This month quite a number of folks have toured the new Wintergrass home. Here’s what they think:

Tamara and I just spent the last three nights at the Hyatt in Bellevue. Wow! Its gonna be so cool. This will be the best indoor festival venue in America. The elevators are fast. The rooms are ultra modern and comfy. I ate and drank at 0-8 Seafood Grill, Stir Martini Bar, Daniels Broiler (where you can, of course, get a great bottle of vino), visited Bellevue Square via the skybridges without going out into the rain, ate sushi 1/2 block away, and walked the Farmer’s Market 1 block away. This place rocks. Check in and check out are remarkably fast. The staff is awesome. Friendly!!! The coffee is good, the space is a great relief. Seriously, this is the real deal!!! – Rob Newsom, Acoustic Sound Board member

First thing you’ll notice throughout the Hotel are the WIDE and Open hallways, (nothing glass to bump into or having to carry your Bass under your arm so you won’t hit the lights)…..Jamming space is amazing,it will be impossible to run out of “jam areas”…rooms for workshops are cozy and roomy at the same time and plenty of them…ballrooms for the various stages on all of the first 3 floors are very large and beautiful,……. Jan Jones, Hospitality Coordinator

For those of us in Seattle, the new venue is incredibly easy to access – there’s even parking! The place is spacious and comfortable and the management seems eager to welcome the community of Wintergrass to their hotel. Judith Wood, Stage Manager

The reality that EVERYONE who comes to the festival, and especially those who stay in a hotel, will have exactly the same baseline Wintergrass experience, previously only available to those who stayed at the Sheraton, is so wonderful as to make me giddy. Add to that the dozens of restaurants within walking distance to suit every budget and cuisine choice, plus the other cultural and shopping experiences available or not to those who wish, giving each person an opportunity to customize their experience to the extent they desire. By all staying in the same hotel with 24 hour jamming, each attendee can be immersed in bluegrass at any point on a continuum from *constant* to *rarely*, and still have a good time. Far from being the wasteland that some were afraid of, the public amenities available in Bellevue and the Hyatt will surely make Wintergrass *the* destination festival in America, and I think it will be best experienced as a destination (staying in the hotel) rather than as a day trip (going home at night). – Dan Mortensen, Production Manager

The Bellevue Hyatt is easily going to become the new “Wintergrass”. The hotel is very welcoming and lends itself to kids of all ages who will be able to pick and grin in all it’s nooks and crannies. Wendy Tyner, Publicity coordinator

Wintergrass 2010 Another Addition-John Reischman & The Jaybirds

john reischman
Photo By Eric Frommer

Mandolinist John Reischman & The Jaybirds have also been added to the Wintergrass 2010 lineup.   “Though Reischman is the leader and front man, he gives each of them plenty of room to shine, and together they produce music that is seamlessly excellent and rewarding,” Sing Out! magazine says of the superb West Coast ensemble led by John from Vancouver, B.C. “The folks he’s playing with are neck and neck with him all the way,” Victory Review magazine says of the original line-up: John on mandolin, Jim Nunally on guitar, Trisha Gagnon on bass, Nick Hornbuckle on banjo, and Greg Spatz on fiddle.

John Reischman and the Jaybirds
Photo By Colin Goldie

As an original member of the legendary Tony Rice Unit, John helped to define the ‘new acoustic’ instrumental scene in the early 1980s with appearances on the band’s groundbreaking Rounder albums Still Inside and Backwaters. John spent years with San Francisco Bay based Good Ol’ Persons. John’s mandolin playing in noted for the great tone he gets out of his instruments.

Jim is a San Francisco Bay-area veteran of several decades as a leading guitarist, songwriter and high, lonesome singer. Jim appeared with John on the Grammy-winning CD True Life Blues, The Songs of Bill Monroe, is a producer and session stalwart, and plays select dates with David Grisman. Audiophile Audition describes Jim as “one of the best bluegrass tenors working today,” with equally impressive speed, clarity and tone as a guitar man.
Chilliwack, B.C.-based Trisha is portrayed by SingOut! as “one of the most versatile” and “irresistible” vocalists in bluegrass, her strong and distinctive style ranging from “mournful and plaintive” to “hopeful and yearning.” Trisha anchors what Dirty Linen magazine calls “gorgeous three-part harmonies” and her singing and heart-felt songwriting is complemented by her right-on-the-money bass rhythm.
Nanaimo, B.C.-based Nick has developed his own voice on the five-string banjo, a unique sound with a two-finger roll unlike other contemporary banjo players. “Nick Hornbuckle’s banjo can be downright spine-tingling,” wrote the L.A. Daily News. “The resonant yet lively Cleo Belle is just right,” Bluegrass Now says of the prolific instrumental composer’s, original Stellar Jays offering.
Spokane, WA-based Greg is hailed as a “world-class bluegrass fiddler” by Fiddler magazine. Another Stellar Jays instrumental composer with the lightning-fast Bash Bish Falls, Greg’s “virtuosic playing is flawlessly delivered time after time,” praises Audiophile Audition. His wide-ranging chops have made him a popular West Coast player for years, including stints with the legendary Frank Wakefield, and resophonic guitarist Rob Ickes.

Wintergrass 2010 Songwriting Contest

Wintergrass is hosting their first-ever song writing contest. Writers are asked to submit a song with the theme, Bluegrass in Bellevue.  The winning song will be performed by Kenny and Amanda Smith at Wintergrass.  Rules to be posted soon, but for sure, extra points will be given for tragic or funny and lots of bonus points will be given if you can combine tragic and funny in the same song.  Start writing and check back on the blog or the Wintergrass website for information on how to submit your tunes.

Two New Addition’s to the Wintergrass 2010 Lineup

The Ashville, North Carolina bluegrass band The Steep Canyon Rangers have been added to the Wintergrass 2010 lineup. And the Vancouver, WA Bluegrass Regulators. So far the lineup includes:   

Lonesome River Band (Th)

Tim O’Brien (Fri)

Steep Canyon Rangers (Fri)

The Infamous Stringdusters (Fri&Sat)

The Kenny & Amanda Smith Band (Fri&Sat)

Väsen & The Duo (Mike Marshall & Darol Anger) (Fri&Sat)

Crooked Still (Fri&Sat)

The Wilders (Sat&Sun)

Dry Branch Fire Squad (Sat&Sun)

Seldom Scene (Sat&Sun)

Prairie Flyer

Downtown Mountain Boys

The Bluegrass Regulators

One Horse Shy