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Northwest String Summit celebrates 17th anniversary July 19 – 22, 2018, at Horning’s Hideout near Portland, Oregon

From the good folks at the Northwest String Summit:

PORTLAND, OREGON — The 17th Annual Northwest String Summit (String Summit) is one of the top boutique live music experiences in the country and presents an array of today’s leaders in the Americana, Bluegrass, Indy Rock, and Jam genres. It all happens at the iconic Horning’s Hideout (North Plains, OR) from July 19 – 22, 2018. Located just 20 miles outside of Portland, Oregon, Horning’s Hideout, a private family-owned reserve of old-growth trees, wild peacocks, ponds, and campsites, stands as one of the most scenic festival sites in the country. A family friendly and locally sourced festival, String Summit caps its capacity at 5,000 attendees to ensure an intimate experience for all festivalgoers at an incredible ticket price. Continue reading

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Stonefield Cellars offers Songwriter Sunday in Barrel Room on March 12

North Carolina singer-songwriters David Cecil, Abigail Dowd,  Benjy Johnson and Bobbie Needham will perform on Songwriter Sunday from 3 to 5 p.m. March 12 at Stonefield Cellars Winery. There is a $5 cover charge. Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance online or by calling 336-644-9908.

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Welcome 2016 with music instead of overhyped NYE party

I ran across this meme the other day compliments of a friend, who shared it on social media:


Admit it, we’ve all done it. This year, however, will be different. If you choose to go out, you’ll welcome the new year by listening to one of your favorite bands with like-minded fans — instead of attending some overpriced and ultimately disappointing party.

The Avett Brothers were trailblazers 10 years ago with a NYE show at Charlotte’s Neighborhood Theatre. Now, everyone seems to be getting in on the idea.

Following is just a smattering of the NYE concert options happening in the Southeast and beyond. If you know of a show worth noting I failed to mention, please add to the comments. Enjoy and be safe out there! This also ran on The Huffington Post here. Continue reading

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Rooster Walk 7 adds Mountain Heart to Memorial Day weekend lineup, ticket prices go up March 15

Mountain Heart, the cutting-edge bluegrass band that’s been redefining the genre for more than a decade, has been officially added to the Rooster Walk 7 lineup, which also includes Lake Street Dive, the Steep Canyon Rangers, Southern Culture on the Skids, Yarn, Dangermuffin, The Mantras, BIG Something and many more! Find the current band lineup for the Memorial Day Weekend festival May 21-24 on Pop’s Farm in Axton, Va., HERE. Continue reading

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Seven questions with bluegrass master Tim O’Brien of Hot Rize, Earls of Leicester fame

Tim O’Brien has been called a lot of things throughout his musical career, which spans more than four decades: newgrass, bluegrass, singer, songwriter, mandolin aficionado.

He has been called a lot of things because, well, he does a lot of things. Continue reading

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Sam Bush to perform at The Harvester on Thursday, Oct. 30

If you’re a bluegrass or Americana music fan, you know that the “The Bush League” doesn’t have anything to do with baseball. Instead that is the moniker intrepid fans of Sam Bush proudly wear.   Continue reading

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High Rock Outfitters in Lexington presents Jim Lauderdale with Daniel Justin Smith on Aug. 24

LEXINGTON, N.C. — When I think of singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale, the first song that comes to mind is “I Met Jesus in a Bar.” But he has more songs. Many, many more. One of Nashville’s most prolific songwriters and a frequent draw at MerleFest, the North Carolina native will be performing at High Rock Outfitters, 13 South Main St., on Sunday, Aug. 24, with Daniel Justin Smith beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15. Continue reading