Monday, April 21, 2014

Chris Kokesh Fiddle Workshop - Saturday May 3rd at 11:30AM

Mark your calendars now! Chris Kokesh will be in town and will conduct a special fiddle during Taborgrass on Saturday, May 3rd starting at 11:30AM.

In this workshop, Chris will work on adding bluegrass embellishments to the melody of a favorite bluegrass song. Embellishments will include slides, double stops, blues notes, simple timing changes, as well as intros, outros and fills.

Participants will come away with tools to add their own embellishments and character to any song.

You will do most learning by ear, but Chris will provide sheet music to those who want it.

To register or for more info, contact Greg Stone at grgstone@gmail.com or 971-207-3195.

Space is limited so please register early.

Cost is $10 for Taborgrass students and $15 for all others.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Set lists and Keys for Graduation Concert - May 17, 2014

Here are the set lists and keys for Graduation Concert on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Please be sure to practice these for next week!

Morning Class

  • Angel Band in D
  • Bury Me Beneath the Willow in D
  • Cripple Creek in A (200 bpm)
  • I Saw The Light in G
  • Nine Pound Hammer in G
  • Red Haired Boy in A (150 bpm)
  • Soldier's Joy in D
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast in D (new)
  • Will The Circle Be Unbroken in G (both classes)    

Afternoon Class

  • Big Mon in A (150bpm) 
  • Hold Whatcha Got in C
  • Meet Me By The Moonlight in G
  • Temperance Reel in G (130 bpm)
  • Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms in G
  • Will The Circle Be Unbroken in G (both classes) 

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Practice lists for Saturday, April 12th

Here are the practice lists for Saturday, April 12th:

Morning class

  • Long Journey Home (new)
  • Boil Them Cabbage Down (fast)
  • Cripple Creek
  • Liberty
  • You Are My Sunshine
  • Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Afternoon class

  • Darlin' Corey (new for second year)
  • Hold Whatcha Got (new)
  • Forked Deer
  • Lonesome Moonlight Waltz
  • Shucking the Corn
  • Sitting on Top of the World

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Oregon Bluegrass Association Annual Meeting This Sunday!

The OBA Annual Meeting is this Sunday, April 6th

Schedule: 

Open at Noon 
Food & Jamming
Meeting from 1-2:30
Jamming from 2:30-6pm
 

Where:

Velo Cult (bike shop, venue and bar)
1969 N.E. 42nd (in the Hollywood District)
Portland, OR  97213
503.922.2012

More info here:  www.oregonbluegrass.org

Volunteer! Get involved (and meet some really great people in the process). The OBA is always looking for volunteers. If you have a special skill such as publicity, organizational skills, writing for The Express or any other talents, please let us know. 

The OBA table is at most of the regional festivals and we can always use help staffing it. There are other positions too. We want you! If you'd like to help, please contact Linda Leavitt, our volunteer coordinator, at lleavittmusic@icloud.com

We've been rounding up door prizes for the  Annual Meeting coming up this Sunday. Thanks to the incredible generosity of the music community, you'll be able to win a chance at some of these great prizes (some require the purchase of a raffle ticket, but many are free to enter (one ticket per item per person):

  • One weekend pass for Wintergrass 2015
  • Two tickets to the Barn Storming Bluegrass Songwriting Contest and Concert in Stevenson on April 12 
  • Two weekend passes for the Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival (Stevenson) on July 24-27 
  • One Festival pass for the Huck Finn Festival (dates for these events are below)
  • A Stanley Brothers CD set
  • A set of guitar strings from Portland Music Co.
  • A hat and shirt thanks to Taborgrass
  • A guitar setup from Gresham Guitar
  • Set of strings from Beacock Music
  • Three seprate boxes of multiple bluegrass CDs

The Annual Meeting is one of the benefits of belonging to the Oregon Bluegrass Association is the once a year Annual Meeting. It's a fun afternoon of picking, meeting and socializing with your fellow members, enjoying some good food, sitting in on a short meeting, a chance to win some great door prizes and did I mention doing some jamming?

It's open to all current members.  If your membership had lapsed, you recently received an invitation to renew. Welcome back!

At this particular meeting you'll be introduced to the OBA's new board of directors. And have a chance to say goodbye to the outgoing board. President Colby Buswell's term is ending. He has moved to Michigan but will by flying in for the occasion.  Other directors whose terms are ending are VP Patty Spencer and Treasurer Dave Hausner. We have a new president, vice president, treasurer and secretary as well as several new directors in the positions of membership, volunteer and development directors. This is your chance to say goodbye while welcoming the new board members.