Online ticket sales for 2009 have ceased. However plenty of tickets are available. Phone in your orders until 6pm Wednesday Feb. 18th at 253-428-8056. After that all tickets will be available at the door beginning at noon on Thursday Feb. 19th.
Festival Registration is on the mezzanine level of the Hotel Murano 1320 Broadway Plaza Tacoma WA 98402.
The state of Washington is doing some major repairs on I-5 and in Downtown Tacoma this year. Allow your self plenty of time to get to Wintergrass 2009.
Here is the link to the Washington State for information on road closures and detours. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ If you are driving from north of Seattle the delays are mostly at night and on the weekends. For those from out of town you can also get traffic news by listening to KIRO 710 AM or KOMO 1000 AM either in the Seattle area or on the web.
Sue Thompson has a new CD that is being released this month. She is donating one CD for every participant in the Bluegrass in the Schools Teachers Workshop(See the link for more info on this special workshop,it does have a nominal fee)! This is an educational CD on how to learn to sing bluegrass harmony by ear. Keith Little is on the CD, as is Don Share. Don and Sue will be doing a workshop on Saturday at Wintergrass on Bluegrass Harmony. (Unfortunately it’s the same time as the BG in the Schools workshop for artists/bands). FYI….Don performs with a Seattle-based band called The DownTown Mountain Boys, and is also a professor (Political Science) at the Universithy of Puget Sound in Tacoma .
On Friday and Saturday night at Wintergrass 2009 will have two dances at The Varsity Grill, just up the street from the Hotel Murano, which is also an all-ages venue.
Friday nights dance Varsity Grill Dance Stage
7:00 Monroe Crossing-bluegrass from Minnesota
8:00 The Tallboys-traditional old time fiddle and banjo style from Seattle
9:30 The Paperboys– Celtic / Mexican / Latin/ Folk / Acoustic / Alt-Country/ Roots/ Soul/ Pop from Vancouver,BC
10:45 Scythian-Celtic/Gypsy/ from the Washington D.C. area
midnight Hot Buttered Rum-High Altitude Grass with Classical,Rock,Folk,Blues influences from the San Francisco Bay area
Saturday nights dance will feature
6:30 Cody Bryant & Riders of the Purple Sage-Western style cowboy dance music from the Southern California area.
9:30 Hot Buttered Rum
11:00 The Paperboys
Online ticket sales will cease at midnight on Feb. 17th 2009. After that, prices go up to at-the-door prices. If you’re planning to come, save a few bucks and time at festival registration and buy your tickets in advance.
This year Tacoma’s monthly Artwalk Tacoma coincides with Wintergrass 2009 on Thursday the 19th. Artwalk is held on the third Thursday of every month from 5-8 p.m. member galleries have refreshments, demonstrations and artists on site. Admission to the Museum of Glass is free ,
during Artwalk, the Tacoma Art Museum is free all day and the Washington State History Museum is free from 5 to 8 every Thursday. All of these participants are within walking distance of the Hotel Murano which is a great art gallery itself. Tacoma has really become a mecca of museums and art galleries with a heavy emphasis on art glass. Tacoma is the original hometown of glass artist Dale Chihuly. A Dale Chihuly installation is currently on display at the W.W. Seymour Botanical Conservatory in Tacoma and ends on Feb 22. A lot of businesses and galleries would be totally open to having musicians either play as a band or just jam in their venues so while you are at Wintergrass check with the venues to see both the art and locations for an early Thursday jam. So come to Wintergrass early this year!
http://www.artwalktacoma.com/index.html has a map of locations and links to their websites.
Wintergrass 2009 has a variety of ticket options available-Daily,Weekend,Senior,Family,Student,Children, and Dance Only tickets. When you order your ticket online all you will need to do once you arrive at the festival is pickup your wristband. Here is the link to all the detailed prices for the festival. Remember that your ticket also includes the workshops and stage shows. ( The Wintergrass Academy, Youth Academy and the special IBMA Education Workshops do have an extra charge)