Wintergrass friends The Nectar Lounge in Fremont,WA  and The Tractor Tavern in Ballard,WA will be featuring quite a few shows over the next few months that will be of interest to the Wintergrass community. These shows will be featuring local, regionanectar-logol and nationally known bluegrass/Americana style bands.

The Nectar Lounge will be featuring Northwest Bluegrass/Americana with  Seattle’s Weatherside Whiskey Band, Portland’s The Giraffe Dodgers, Portland’s Renegade Stringband, and San Francisco’s The Creak on Friday March 29,201TracHeaderMaroon3.     POOR MAN’S WHISKEY performing a bluegrass version of Pink Floyd’s classic tunes in an evening called ” DARK SIDE OF THE MOONSHINE” w/ Left Coast Country / Spare Rib & The Bluegrass Sauce on  April 11th. May brings a Mayday Bluegrass Showcase featuring The Giraffe Dodgers, Kendl Winter and the Summer Gold.  Monthly the Nectar Lounge also has a unique event KARAOKE-GRASS!! featuring Karaoke Hits performed live in Bluegrass Style feat. Todd & Paisley Gray (of Wintergrass 2013 performers Pickled Okra) and friends…Keep an eye on Nectars website and Facebook page for other acoustic shows.

The Tractor Tavern will be featuring these shows Thurs April 4th Wayward Vessel, Spoonshine. Friday April 5th Shook Twins, Blvd Park,Pocket Panda. Friday May 17th Pokey La Farge . Sat May 25th Wintergrass 2013 performers Polecat ALBUM RELEASE PARTY. Sunday June 16th Wintergrass 2012 performers Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen,The Warren G Hardings.Thurs July 25th Town Mountain

These bands at these venues cover alot of styles of acoustic music. Take a look at these bands on their websites where they have some samples of their music. I am sure no matter your taste of music you will find something you will love!!


Wintergrass 2013 Performers-The Student Loan

The Student Loan is an internationally touring bluegrass band that has been recognized by Jazz at Lincoln Center as the cutting edge of American roots music. They have worked extensively as musical ambassadors for the U.S. State Department and have performed in 16 countries on 5 continents. Borrowing heavily from a wide variety of styles their original music mixes catchy bluegrass melodies with classical and jamband forms to create an innovative new acoustic musical style distinctly their own.

In the United States The Student Loan has appeared with prominent national and regional acts including Sam Bush, Greensky Bluegrass, The Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars, Alejandro Escstudent loanovedo, eKoostik Hookah, and The Ragbirds, and were featured alongside Larry Keel at the 2008 Appalachian Uprising All-Star Bluegrass Jam.

Formed in 2005, The Student Loan integrates a wide array of musical styles and backgrounds. A formally trained composer, percussionist, and violinist, West Virginian mandolinist Chad Kimbler blazes a trail of furious picking. Guitarist, fiddler, and vocalist Liz Chibucos, an Ohio native and avid songwriter, brings to the table a wealth of jazz, classical, world and rock influences. Banjo player, vocalist, and guitarist Mark Gerolami of upstate New York draws upon a rich background of folk, western, and world music. Seasoned rock, gospel, and jazz bassist, Tacoma, Washington native Julio Appling lays down a creative and solid foundation, and holds his own as a soloist.

The Student Loan released their first album, “Wake Up to The Student Loan” in 2006 and followed up with their sophomore effort, “A New and Different Life,” in 2008. Their most recent album, “No Host Lunch” was released in the summer of 2011. With original songs and a vast library of covers from groups as diverse as The Beatles, Bill Monroe, Rage Against the Machine, Afroman, Phish and The Grateful Dead, The Student Loan will please just about any audience.

Portland, OR fans can see The Student Loan quite often as they appear regularly at the White Eagle Saloon doing a special early all ages happy hour.


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