Sunday, July 27, 2014

Greg's Summer Bluegrass Festival Picks!

Here are Greg's festival picks for this summer:

July 4-6
Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival
Fossil, OR

July 11-13
Winlock Pickers Festival
Winlock, WA

July 24-27
Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival
Stevenson, WA
More info:

August 1-3
Clatskanie Bluegrass Festival
Clatskanie, OR
More info:

August 8-10
Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival
Toledo, WA

September 26-28
Tygh Valley Jamboree
Tygh Valley, OR
(NOTE: Taborgrass will not be held that weekend)

And - mark your calendars - Taborgrass will start up again on Saturday, September 6th in the same location. See you all then and have a great summer!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Coyote Hill Bluegrass will be performing at four places in Portland this week!

Coyote Hill Bluegrass is an outstanding bluegrass band from Northeast Oklahoma whose energy and enthusiasm will leave you wanting more. They have young new talent, as well as experienced musicians, which keeps them on top of their sound. 

They are in Portland now and are performing around town in several venues over the next few days. Be sure to check out one of their performances!

More info about the band at:
  • Wed 7/23 at Parkrose Deliverance Tabernacle in NE Portland at 7 pm.  They will serve ice cream afterwards - should be a fun evening.  5740 NE Portland Hwy., Portland, OR 97218.  For info, call 503/287-5796.
  • Thur 7/24 at Day Chiropractic in SE Portland from 3 - 6 pm.  This will be a concert with an Ice Cream Social as an added benefit!  Since my brother John will also becoming down from near Tacoma, we will also do some songs as the Day Brothers.  Our office is located at 3758 SE 122nd Avenue, PDX 97236.  We would be glad to have you come even if you aren't a patient in our practice - this is for our community and friends celebrating our 28 years in practice!  Bring lawn chairs to sit in, and ready to create your ice cream masterpiece.  Parking will be a challenge - so be prepared to park somewhere on the streets and walk to the clinic yard area under the trees.  If you have questions - call 503/760-7572.  We will likely jam after 6 pm, so if you want to hang around with us and jam, bring your instrument.  We can keep the instruments in the clinic so they stay safe and cool.
  • Fri 7/25 at Clackamas Bible Church in Clackamas.  This is where we usually meet for our BlueDixie Gospel Jam on the first Friday of each month, but we will be upstairs in the main sanctuary for the concert which occurs at 7 pm.  We will be opening up the doors at 5:30 pm for jamming - so bring your instruments and play before the start of the concert.  We won't be serving snacks, so there isn't any need to bring anything with you.  We will take a love offering, and their 2 new CD's "Sweet Time" and "Sounds of Glory" will be for sale and they would be happy to sign them for you.. The address of the church is 15655 SE Johnson Rd, Clackamas, OR 97015. Church phone is 503/655-2753.
  • Tues 7/29 at Valley Christian Church in Wilsonville at 7 pm.  The address of the church is 11188 SW Wilsonville Rd, Wilsonville, OR  97070.  Church phone: 503/682-3693.  Bring lawn chairs, and perhaps a picnic?  We will open the lawn up at 6 pm, with the start of the concert at 7 pm.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sauvie Island Houseboat Mandolin Concert with Tim Connell & Jack Dwyer

Sauvie Island Houseboat Mandolin Concert
with Tim Connell & Jack Dwyer

Date: Friday, August 8th
Suggested donation: $15
Time: Doors open 7:00, performance begins 7:30
Bring: BYOB and potluck snack to share during intermission
Where: Donna Matrazzo’s houseboat, Sauvie Island

To reserve a place and get more info: write to

About Tim and Jack

About Tim and JackJack Dwyer and Tim Connell are celebrated modern masters of the mandolin, virtuoso players and highly energetic performers who delight audiences around the world with their well-honed arrangements and flights of solo and ensemble improvisation. Their debut album (Mando Planet, 2013) is an ode to acoustic folk music, rhythm, and the mandolin.

Praise for Mando Planet: “Every tune is delivered with spontaneity, drive, passion, and obvious joy. Dwyer and Connell effortlessly trade the lead back and forth between their mandolins as if they are finishing each other’s thoughts The mix of tunes, including Celtic, African, Jewish, Brazilian, and even an original song by Dwyer, are a reflection of their varied backgrounds and interests. But above all, this recording is a love letter to the acoustic music traditions of the world. You can’t ask for a better album than this.”

- Hermon Joyner, Mandolin Magazine

See them on YouTube: 

Check out their website:

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Jam opportunity! This Saturday night, June 14th, at the Midway International Market at SE 122nd and Division

Jam opportunity! David Day is organizing a jam this Saturday night, June 14th, at the Midway International Market at SE 122nd and Division. There will be an open jam in the parking lot from 5PM to 10PM.

It will be outside, so dress appropriately. We will be the entertainment for the market. Bring you own chair to sit on. We will be in front of Extreme Espresso.

Questions? Call David Day at 503/318-8895 for more info.

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 or 971-207-3195.

Space is limited so please register early.

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