Wintergrass 2014 Pre-Festival Bellevue Library Concerts

Bellevue Library Hosting Pre-Wintergrass Concerts, February 19 & 22 2014   by Tom Petersen

DMB, 2009, High ResolutionCliff Perry photo by Mike Melnyk Continuing a long partnership with the King County Library System, the Bellevue Library will host two concerts to get the community ready for Wintergrass 2014and show music fans what resources are available at the library.

On Wednesday, February 19, the venerable Cliff Perry will bring his band for an evening of music, fun, and history, ideal for families and people who want to know more about Bluegrass, Americana, and the Wintergrass Festival. Cliff teaches the popular Bluegrass class at Shoreline Community College and leads workshops geared toward beginners at Wintergrass, including the famous “Two Chord Songs” workshop.

Cliff’s show starts at 7 pm and will be in Room 1 at the Bellevue Library.

The second show, a Saturday matinee, features one of the Festival’s local groups, the Downtown Mountain Boys. The DMB’s high-energy performances are not to be missed, and, as with Cliff Perry’s shows, are the perfect introduction to Bluegrass for the uninitiated, or the appetizer before the banquet for those already planning to attend Wintergrass.

The Downtown Mountain Boys play at 2 pm in Room 1 on Saturday, February 22.

Both concerts are made possible through the generosity of the Friends of the Bellevue Library and the support of KCLS. Library staff and Wintergrass educator Tom Petersen will be on hand with information about KCLS’s vast collection of music CDs and downloads, books, magazines, and sheet music, plus the festival line-up, workshops, and programs.

The Bellevue Library is just two blocks from the Hyatt, at 1111 110th Ave. NE, Bellevue, 98004. They are on the web at . Phone: 425.450.1765


Wintergrass 2011 & the King County Library Sytem Shows

Out of Many, America’s Music: Bluegrass
Featuring The Downtown Mountain Boys- Terry Enyeart, Dave Keenan, Don Share, Tom Moran and Paul Elliott
The story of bluegrass is the story of America, shaped by the trials of the Great Depression and World War II and sustained by a community of participants that keeps alive the artistry, values and literary traditions of the music. The Downtown Mountain Boys is the Pacific Northwest’s most exciting and accomplished bluegrass band.

The Downtown Mountain BoysBellevue Library
Monday, January 24, 7pm, Sponsored by Bellevue Friends of the Library.

Fairwood Library
Thursday, February 3, 7pm, Sponsored by Friends of the Fairwood Library.

Maple Valley Library
Friday, February 18, 7pm, Program held at the Maple Valley Creative Arts Center
23220 Maple Valley Highway, SE, Suite 15, (Wilderness Business Park),  Sponsored by the Maple Valley Library Guild and the Maple Valley Creative Arts Council.

Wintergrass 2010 “Preview” Concerts Celebrate KCLS Partnership

The Bellevue branch of the King County Library System will host two Bluegrass concerts to help welcome Wintergrass to its new location.

On Tuesday evening, February 2 2010, at 7 p.m. in Room 1, join Down the Road for an evening of Bluegrass and American roots music. Also, educator Tom Petersen will present the history of Bluegrass, and Trisha Tubbs of the Washington Bluegrass Association will talk about the galaxy of opportunities available to learn, play and listen through Wintergrass’s Youth Academy, the Bluegrass In The Schools program and Teacher Workshop, and the Music for String Orchestra Workshop.

Saturday Feb 6th 2010  at 2 p.m., The Downtown Mountain Boys will unleash the three-part harmonies that send shivers up your spine, and their dazzling instrumental firepower, for a rollicking bluegrass concert for all ages.

Both shows are family-friendly and an excellent introduction to what Wintergrass has to offer, so tell your friends and bring some along!

The King County Library System has partnered with Wintergrass to promote Americana Music education. Wintergrass is listed on the KCLS “Events” webpage, linked to scores of Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Roots, and Americana CDs, films, and books in the vast KCLS collection.

The Bellevue Library is just a couple blocks from the Bellevue Hyatt Regency, at 1111 110th Avenue NE, Bellevue, 98004.

Parking is on-site and free.  For more information, visit the KCLS website at ,call the library at 425-450-1765  or contact Tom Petersen, 206-546-4865, <>