KBCS Radio & The IBMA “Bluegrass in the Schools”

On Sunday Sept 27th, 2009 KBCS 91.3 FM Bellevue, WA  “Bluegrass Ramble” radio show host Pete Goodall will have Beth Fortune and Tom Petersen as guests talking about the IBMA’s (International Bluegrass Music Association) “Bluegrass in the Schools” and some of the various youth events that will be presented at Wintergrass 2010. Wintergrass will have a great kids program again this year which will include the “Bluegrass in the Schools” another Reader Session with Renata Bratt  and the Wintergrass Youth Academy. They also will be talking about the Wintergrass Teachers Workshop Some of this info will be discussed on the show and more information will be provided both on the Wintergrass website and the blog as soon as possible. The Wintergrass Youth Academy will feature members of well known regional bands such as Lonesome Ridge, Dewgrass, Martin Stevens and Molly Adkins, The Bluegrass Regulators and
nationally known music education clinicians – Renata Bratt phd – cellist extraordinaire, Joe Craven – multi -instrumentalist who regularly assists people young and old to bust through musical boundaries and harness true creativity.

Make sure you listen to the show for more details and plenty of music.

“Bluegrass Ramble” is a great show featuring bluegrass music every Sunday from 12-3 and is also available streaming on the web. They do archive the shows for two weeks.


Wintergrass Venue Info-Dining Options

There are a variety of dining options within a short distance of the stages,workshops and the hotel. Near the stage areas are for fast dining options there are a few options- Tully’s Coffee, Needs-a sandwich and salad restuarant, Teweda a counter style Thai restuarant. The Bellevue Hyatt located in Bellevue Place itself also has a few other dining options-Twist Cork Wine Bar, 0/8 Seafood Grill,Stir Martini & Raw Bar, Daniels Broiler, Joey’s. Across the skybridge will take you to Lincoln Square with a variety of restaurants including Maggianos Little Italy,McCormick & Schmicks Seafood and Palomino. Across the way at Bellevue Square there is a Starbucks, Red Robin, The Cheesecake Factory, Boom Noodle, Blue C Sushi, Restuarant Luciano, Pearl, Z’Tejas Southwestern Grill, Pagilacci Pizza, P.F. Changs China Bistro and a Ruth’s Chris Steak House. Just outside the hotel is a Wendy’s and a McDonalds is in Bellevue Square. A couple of grocery stores are near by with a QFC within a few blocks and a Whole Foods a little further away. A more detailed guide to restaurants in the Bellevue area is available at this link  http://bellevue.com/restaurants.php

Some Bluegrass on The Eastside-Issaquah Salmon Days October 3 & 4 2009

Some friends of Wintergrass are sponsoring a bluegrass stage at the Issaquah Salmon Days this year.  Wintergrass will be there with an information booth. Wintergrass still needs some volunteer  help with the booth(hours spent there are credited towards volunteer hours for Wintergrass 2010,click here for more volunteer info)

The Issaquah Salmon Days is a free festival to celebrate the annual return of the salmon to Issaquah Creek. The festival festivities include a parade, entertainment featuring bands playing all styles of music including this years first ever bluegrass stage,artists, community organizations, a run and of course a variety of salmon related events.

Here is a list of bands that will be performing -Down The Road,Cascade Mountain Boys,Foghorn String Band, Jackstraw, Darol Anger & Scott Law,The Cascade Cut Ups, The Howdy Boys, Northern Departure, Stayed Tuned, Creeping Time, Deadwood Revival. Check out the Issaquah Salmon Days website for more information on the bands and times.

Wintergrass 2010 Lineup Addition

Southern California based Sawmill Road will be playing at Wintergrass 2010 on both Saturday and Sunday. Sawmill Road is a band whose members have been playing bluegrass in various bands for years. Steve Spurgin (bass) is best known for his playing with the bluegrass band California and is known for his songwriting. He is the writer of the often recorded song “A Walk in the Irish Rain”. Doug Bartlett (fiddle) is a former fiddler for a variety of bands including  Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the James King Band and the Lonesome River Band. Dick Brown (banjo) has been a fixture on banjo for a variety of Southern California and national bands including Lost Highway, Copperline and the Lynn Morris Band and is a two time Four Corners State Banjo champion. Charlie Edsall (guitar) brings some his great songwriting skills to the band. Charlie’s song “Cold Virginia Rain” was a number 1 song on Prime Cuts of Bluegrass. Mark Miracle (mandolin) is known for his many awards for his playing and is a former member of the band Clear Blue, a winner of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival band contest.

Getting To Know The New Home of Wintergrass-Bellevue, WA

Bellevue, WA is the new home of Wintergrass and the location is the Bellevue Hyatt Regency. A 4 star facility which has a great location for  dining, shopping and entertainment aside from the music. If you need a break from the music or have some people coming with you who are interested in other things over the course of the festival there is a brand new high end shopping center that just had it’s grand opening today – The Bravern. Of course we would much rather see you pick up a new instrument or an item from our vendors at the festival but if you must shop it looks like The Braven will be bringing some high end shops to the area. Some of the shops opening there are Neiman Marcus, Sur La Table, Louis Vuitton and Brooks Brothers. Restuarants will include Wild Ginger, Trophy Cupcakes and Artisanal Brasserie & Winebar. Check out the new Braven website http://thebravern.com/

Award Nominees at Wintergrass 2010

Wintergrass congratulates all of the Wintergrass 2010 performers who have been nominated for awards in 2009.

Just Plain Folk Awards:

John Reischman & the Jaybirds- Bluegrass Album of the Year

Andy Hall(Infamous Stringdusters), Trisha Gagnon (Jaybirds)- Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year

The WIYOS-Roots Album of the Year

Andy Hall-Roots Instrumental Album of the Year

Nick Hornbuckle(Jaybirds) Roots Instrumental Song of the Year

IBMA Awards:

The Infamous Stringdusters-Instrumental Group of the Year

The Lonesome River Band-Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year

The Lonesome River Band-Instrumental Recorded Performance of The Year

Sammy Shelor(The Lonesome River Band) -Banjo Player of the Year

Andy Hall(Infamous Stringdusters)-Dobro Player of the Year

Kenny Smith-Guitar Player of the Year