Thursday, July 19, 2018

Use Your Metronome!


Make yourself accountable when there is just you at practice time.

I’ve added new worksheets to our Music page, called Taborgrass: Use Your Metronome and Taborgrass Speed Sheet, so you can record your own times and gradually increase your playing speed.

Have fun!

Greg

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Join Mountain Honey at Strum Fest August 12th!


The line-up includes Kenny and Amanda Smith, plus Mountain Honey and other local favorites. We’re excited to be a part of this brand new Portland festival! 

Many thanks to Rainier Beer and the Oregon Bluegrass Association for sponsoring this event.



Friday, June 29, 2018

Taborgrass has a new home! Fall classes start Saturday, October 6th

Taborgrass has a new home! Please make a note of this. We will be meeting at a new location for the 2018-2019 school year:

Waverly UCC
Corner of Southeast 33rd and SE Woodward
3300 Woodward Street
Portland, OR 97202


Fall classes start October 6, 2018 and will go from 10AM to 1PM

Stay tuned for more important announcements about some changes we are making to how the classes will be conducted going forward. We think everyone is going to love the new location and the revised schedule!

Monday, June 25, 2018

Banjo Master Class with Danny Barnes

Come join banjo-extrodinaire, Danny Barnes, 2015 recipient of the 6th annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, for a 2-hour-long banjo-masterclass. Anyone with a basic understanding of the banjo, both clawhammer and bluegrass, can join Danny for this workshop in bringing their skill to the next level. This is an opportunity for the student to bring any banjo-related questions they might have, as well as learning a new tune, obtaining new roll-pattern exercises, and learn some new accompaniment techniques.

 

Dates:   Sunday, July 1

Time:     3:00 - 5:00 pm

Cost:      $50

Location: Artichoke Music, 2007 SE Powell Blvd

Registration: http://www.artichokemusic.org/reg/registration.php?class=2046

 

More about Danny Barnes: http://dannybarnes.com/

Monday, June 11, 2018

New Fastback recordings! St Anne's Reel, Cherokee Shuffle, Whiskey Before Breakfast, Billy In the Lowground, Dixie Hoedown, and Gold Rush

We have some new Fastback audio recordings on the website:

  • Billy In the Lowground
  • Cherokee Shuffle
  • Dixie Hoedown
  • Gold Rush 
  • St Anne's Reel
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast

Now you can practice these tunes to a faster backup!

Look for these added MP3s to the tunes on our Music page. Happy pickin!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Greg Stone's List of Recommended Bluegrass Festivals

Greg has compiled a list of festivals he recommends, along with some comments about each one.


Please look for the Turtlegrass banner to find a slow jam hosted by friendly Taborgrassers at the festivals listed here.

Goldendale Pickers Festival

June 3, 2016 - June 5, 2016


$10 gets you ten million stars — and all the genuine old time, country and bluegrass music you can carry. It also gets you camping for the weekend. The festival is free to anyone not camping.

Join a group of music lovers who have reserved Ekone Park in Goldendale, Washington - June 3 through June 5 - for an informal weekend-long picking party. You are welcome at the park anytime after 10 a.m. Friday, June 3, and you can stay until 10 a.m. on Monday.

There will be some informal concerts and an open mic — and all the jamming you can imagine. Plus Goldendale is a lovely, welcoming community — featuring a fabulous observatory.

Have questions? Email clairell@aracnet.com. See you there!


Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival Fossil, OR.

Thursday, July 5th to Sunday, July 8th


Did I say HOT!! Yes. This festival is hot…I mean really hot…up to 100 degrees on some days. But I think the heat is well worth it. I complain the whole time I’m there but this festival always holds my
fondest memories of the summer. There is a parade on Friday, a car rally all weekend with an Elvis impersonator. The main stage is at the Courthouse lawn which is nicely shaded. The root beer floats at Big Timber are to die for as well as the steak dinners across the street at RJs. I recommend you throw an inflatable wading pool in the back of the car before you leave town for this one.


Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival, Stevenson WA.

Thursday, July 26th through Sunday, July 29th


This is the largest festival of the year in this area. Lots of national acts on the big stage, a beer garden, a dance hall, workshops, food and instrument vendors. The view of the gorge from this location in the
fairgrounds is spectacular. Plus there is a sizable pond for canoeing or kayaking. Reservations for big RVs and camping need to be made well in advance. It’s windy folks. Stake all your stuff down, including the kids and dogs. My 10X10 canopy was half way to Idaho before I caught up to it a few years back.


Winlock Picker’s Festival Winlock, WA.

Friday, August 3th through Sunday, August 5th


This small and very friendly festival is located in beautiful Winolequa Park. This is one of the best jamming festivals especially if you are new to the scene. The snack bar serves a basic breakfast and sells hot dogs and hamburgers. The train tracks just on the other side of the trees are long and straight and the trains are fast. The jingle, rumble and the roar provide a nice back up rhythm if you are  singing or snoring in A flat.


Mount St. Helens Bluegrass Festival Toledo, WA.

Thursday, August 9th through Sunday, August 12th


I gotta say this is one of my favorite festivals. It’s located on the High School grounds, there is wide open lawn and beautiful oak groves to camp under. You have to get there early to find a spot under the oaks. There are band scrambles, a gospel show on Sunday, workshops and a snack shop. Showers too. You will probably get a friendly visit from the General, the man in charge, driving his golf cart through the festival grounds each day.


Tygh Valley Jamboree Tygh Valley, OR.

Thursday September 27th to Sunday September 30th


The finale festival of the season, this one is special for that reason and also because it is located in a beautiful valley in central Oregon surrounded by rocky buttes with clear skies at night and a billion stars. Settle in under the locust trees for some of the best jamming of the summer. Bring ear plugs if you want to get any sleep that weekend. Big RVs need to reserve a space well in advance.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Mountain Honey at Butteville Store this Saturday!


You don’t have to make a reservation or have the $25 for dinner to hear us play at 7pm, this Saturday night!



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Taborgrass Graduation Party this Saturday, May 19th at 10AM

Taborgrass's final day at St. David of Wales will be this Saturday at our annual Graduation Day Party. All alumni are encouraged to attend. We will talk about the past school year and also about the future festivals coming up this summer. We will also be saying goodbye to this wonderful church that has been our home for 7 years.

The graduation program will start at 10am for both classes and the day will end at 1pm. There will be time for jamming I promise. Food and drink will be provided.

Hope to see you there!

Greg.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Steeplegrass Reunion Festival, Sunday May 20th Noon to dark!

Steeplegrass Reunion Festival, Sunday May 20th Noon to dark!

A great way to break the ice and start the festival season for Taborgrassers!  This is a very casual and friendly festival.  There will be many of your pickin friends there.

Annual Steeplegrass Reunion Picnic at Lewisville Park (Battleground, Washington).  Rain or Shine- no kidding!  

We have a huge covered picnic area and a very big fireplace.  Come pick, picnic, reminisce, and enjoy the company of other Steeplegrass alumni from those Vancouver, WA days of yore! Non-Steeple bluegrass picker’s also welcome!  about, Donations accepted, $7.00 recommended.

Contact for map and info, Rich:  powellR1041@q.com

Hope to see you there!

Greg

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Taborgrass 2018 Spring Concert Notes

Here are the set list and notes for the 2018 Taborgrass Spring Concert:

Monday, April 30, 2018

Last Open Mic Night of the year is this Friday!

You’re invited to Taborgrass First Friday Open Mic Night, our last open mic of the season and at St. David’s.

Open Mic Night will resume in October.

We encourage everyone to join in this fun event.  We welcome all music genres, as well as spoken word and comedy.

Jamming and pizza starts at 6:30 pm and performances begin at 7:00 pm. 

We have a sound system and mics available. Greg and Linda will be on hand to back up performers. Sign up in advance with Linda or sign up at the door.

Cheer on your friends!

Suggested donation is $10.

St. David of Wales Church
2800 SE Harrison Street
Portland, Oregon

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Taborgrass is looking for a new home on the range!

Taborgrass will move to a new location next year!

We need one large room, a kitchen and four break out rooms for jamming.

Please be on the look-out for a new location. If you know of a suitable venue, please see Greg or Linda to share information.

We will be at St. David’s through the end of May 2018. 

Taborgrass will resume in October in our new location. Stay tuned to get all the details.

Thanks!

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Taborgrass Night at Multnomah Grange #71!

Taborgrass students will be performing at the Multnomah Grange #71 this
Saturday, April 14th. Jamming starts at 5:30pm and the show starts at 7pm.
Mountain Honey will start the show, followed by class performances and then
a variety of band sets from Taborgrass alumni. We hope you all can join us.

DIRECTIONS: Multnomah Grange Hall #71 is located at:

30639 SE Bluff Road
Gresham, OR 97080

SE Burnside and Powell intersect and form Hwy 26 to Mt. Hood in Gresham.
Shortly after that intersection turn left on Orient Dr. and travel east
towards Sandy. Orient will veer to the right and Bluff Road will go
straight. Follow Bluff Road and look for the Grange Hall on your left.

MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/vtMeSMKe4nP2

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

This week at Taborgrass!

Morning; Cherokee Shuffle, Long Journey Home

Afternoon; Gold Rush, White Dove

Jammers; Ashes Of Love, Shucking The Corn

Presiding; Patrick Connell, Julie Schmidt

Key; No more assigned keys

Taborgrass Night at Multnomah Grange #71 5:30pm Jamming, 7pm Show

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Open Mic Night is this coming Friday! Only two more left!

Open Mic Night is this coming Friday! We encourage everyone to join in this fun event. We welcome all music genres, as well as spoken word and comedy.

This is the second to last Open Mic of the year so please plan on attending if you can.

Jamming and pizza starts at 6:30 pm and performances begin at 7:00 pm.

We have a sound system and mics available. Greg and Linda will be on hand to back up performers.
Sign up in advance to perform, or sign up at the door.

We hold Open Mic Nights on the First Friday of each month - October through May.

Cheer on your friends! Suggested donation is $10.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

This Week At Taborgrass!

This Week At Taborgrass!

Morning; Long Journey Home, Cherokee Shuffle

Afternoon; Salt Creek, White Dove

Jammers; Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, Shady Grove

Presiding; Annie Staninec, Reed Stutz

Key; E

Open Mic this Friday night, 6:30pm

Monday, March 26, 2018

This week at Taborgrass!

Mandolin workshop with Dave Elliott starting at 11:30am.

Morning; Long Journey Home, Cherokee Shuffle

Afternoon; Salt Creek, My Little Georgia Rose

Jammers; Over The Waterfall, Think Of What You've Done

Presiding; Kaden Hurst, Patrick Connell

Key; D

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Banjo Workshop with Mike Eisler This Saturday!

Taborgrass is very excited to have Mike Eisler conduct a banjo workshop for us this Saturday, March 24th at 11:30am.  Mike has been active in the bluegrass scene since 1965 with the Sawtooth Mountain Boys, Vern Williams, Lee Highway, and currently Fern Hill.  This is an excellent opportunity for you banjo pickers. Don't miss it. Cost is $10.  Hope to see you this weekend!

Monday, March 19, 2018

This Week At Taborgrass!

This Week At Taborgrass!


Morning; Nine Pound Hammer, Cherokee Shuffle

Afternoon; Dixie Hoedown, My Little Georgia Rose

Jammers; Monroe's Hornpipe, White Dove

Presiding; Mike Eisler, Dave Elliott

Key; C

Soup; Christine

Banjo Workshop at Taborgrass with Mike Eisler 11:30am

Mountain Honey at O'Connor's Wednesday 7pm.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Vocal Workshop with Linda Leavitt and Sessions with Kaden Hurst this Saturday!

Taborgrass vocal teacher Linda Leavitt will be conducting her workshop this
Saturday, March 17th at 11:30am. Experience the joy of singing as Linda has
some fun exercises for your voice and discovering ways to find your range
and harmonies. This workshop is very popular, so come early. Cost is $10.


And also a quick reminder that mandolinist Kaden Hurst will be at
Taborgrass this Saturday to perform and lead a Session. Kaden is a great
player and a fantastic teacher; whether you play mandolin or something else,
he's worth hearing.

Here's a video of Kaden performing an original composition by Brian Oberlin
along with fellow mandolinist Jordan Ramsey:

https://youtu.be/5dO1Fn9NcqE

Enjoy and see you Saturday!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

This Week At Taborgrass!

This Week At Taborgrass!

Morning; Cherokee Shuffle, Nine Pound Hammer

Afternoon; Dixie Hoedown, Little Georgia Rose

Jammers; Little Cabin Home On The Hill, Temperance Reel

Presiding; Kaden Hurst

Key; A

Soup; Nora

Vocal Workshop with Linda Leavitt 11:30am

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Fiddle Workshop With Annie Staninec This Saturday 10th!

Annie Staninec will be conducting a fiddle workshop this Saturday at
Taborgrass at 11:30am. Her workshops are very popular, so come early to get
a good seat. Cost is $10.

Annie will also be playing with John Kael for our bluegrass sermon at
12:55pm as Taborgrass is excited to be hosting Whiskey Deaf! Looking
forward to a great afternoon of bluegrass. Please join us! We would love
to see you!

New song to learn! White Dove

We have a new song to work on together! White Dove.

Find it on the Music page.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

This Week At Taborgrass!

This Week At Taborgrass!

Morning; Nine Pound Hammer, St. Anne's Reel

Afternoon; Dixie Hoedown, Rose Of Old Kentucky

Jammers; Forked Deer, My Little Georgia Rose

Presiding; Annie Staninec, John Kael

Key; G

Fiddle Workshop with Annie Staninec at 11:30am Saturday.
Mountain Honey Duo at International Hostel Tuesday 7pm

Monday, March 5, 2018

Linda and Greg are playing at International Hostel Tuesday!

Linda and Greg are playing at International Hostel Tuesday!

Linda and Greg invite you to the International Hostel on NW 19th and Glisen this Tuesday night from 7pm to 9pm in the Cafe. They will be singing some nice harmony duets. We'd love to see you there! Beer and Wine and casual Cafe menu.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Guitar Workshop by Greg Stone on Saturday, Dave Elliot is talent scouting Friday's Open Mic

Greg Stone will be giving a guitar workshop this Saturday, March 3rd at Taborgrass from 11:30am to 12:45pm. He will cover various picking exercises for your warm ups. We will also practice some two note arpeggios and double stops up the neck to enhance your leads. Free with class admission.

And here's a reminder about Friday night's Open Mic! We will be looking for bluegrass bands with members from Taborgrass alumni to perform at Dave Elliot’s “Taborgrass Night” at his Saturday evening show on April 14th at the Multnomah Grange 71. We are looking for bands that actually play BLUEGRASS MUSIC.

It should be lots of fun! This event has become very popular. Of course, every genre is welcome. If you don’t want to perform, please come and be a supportive, appreciative audience member.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Open Mic Night is Friday! Please come and cheer on your friends!

Open Mic Night is this coming Friday! We encourage everyone to join in this fun event. We welcome all music genres, as well as spoken word and comedy.

Jamming and pizza starts at 6:30 pm and performances begin at 7:00 pm.

We have a sound system and mics available. Greg and Linda will be on hand to back up performers.
Sign up in advance to perform, or sign up at the door.

We hold Open Mic Nights on the First Friday of each month - October through May.

Cheer on your friends! Suggested donation is $10.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

This Week at Taborgrass!

This Week At Taborgrass!

Morning; St. Anne's Reel, Angel Band

Afternoon; Billy In The Lowground, Rose of Old Kentucky

Jammers; Lonesome Moonlight Waltz, Fireball Mail

Presiding; Steve Blanchard, Matt Snook

Key; E

Soup; Donna M.

Open Mic Friday 6:30pm
Guitar Workshop with Greg Stone Saturday 11:30am

Friday, February 23, 2018

Stanley Brothers play Angel Band, See you tomorrow at Taborgrass!

I ran across this great recording of the Stanley Brothers doing Angel Band and I wanted to share it with everyone:


Listen to those vocals!

This is one of the tunes the morning class will be working on tomorrow.


I’ll be up in Bellevue at Wintergrass, but Hugh Heinsohn will be leading the classes tomorrow. If you’re not up here in Washington, I hope you can make it to Taborgrass tomorrow!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

This Week At Taborgrass!

This Week At Taborgrass!

Morning; St. Anne's Reel, Angel Band

Afternoon; Billy In The Lowground, Rose of Old Kentucky

Jammers; Monroe's Hornpipe, Keep On The Sunny Side

Key; D

Soup; Steve

Mountain Honey at Fire and Stone Sunday 8th at 6pm, at O'Connors 7pm Wednesday and at Wintergrass OBA Showcase Friday 8pm

Friday, February 16, 2018

Fastbacks Are Here!

Our first Fastbacks have arrived for the tunes Cripple Creek, Liberty, Red Haired Boy, Old Joe Clark, Soldier’s Joy, and Blackberry Blossom.

 Now you can practice these tunes to a faster backup!

 Look for these added MP3s to the tunes on our Music page. Happy pickin!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

This Week At Taborgrass!

This Week At Taborgrass!

Morning; St. Anne's Reel, Angel Band

Afternoon; Billy In The Lowground, Rose Of Old Kentucky

Jammers; Little Georgia Rose, Devil's Dream

Presiding; Mike Stahlman, Dave Elliot

Key; C

Soup; Greg S.

Fern Hill at O'Connors Wednesday 7pm
Mountain Honey at Fire and Stone, Sunday 18th 6pm.

Sunday, February 4, 2018

This Week At Taborgrass!

This Week At Taborgrass!

Morning; Angel Band, Red Haired Boy

Afternoon; Love of the Mountains, Billy In the Lowground

Jammers; Monroe's Hornpipe, Dark As A Dungeon

Presiding; Matt Snook, Steve Blanchard

Key; A

Soup; Stephen and Libbi

Linda and Greg Duo at Portland International Hostel, Tuesday 6:30pm

Friday, February 2, 2018

Chuck Davidshofer and Chuck Holloway presiding this Saturday!

Taborgrass is very excited to have Chuck Davidshofer and Chuck Holloway presiding this Saturday!

These well known musicians have been at the top of the local bluegrass scene for many years. Don't miss this opportunity to hear their music and learn from their many stories to tell. Hope to see you at the sessions!

And don't forget Open Mic Night starts at 6:30PM tonight. See you there!

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Open Mic Night is this Friday! Dave Elliott will be attending this Open Mic to scout out Taborgrass bands for his Saturday bluegrass shows!

Open Mic Night is this coming Friday! We encourage everyone to join in this fun event. We welcome all music genres, as well as spoken word and comedy.

Attention Taborgrass bands!  Dave Elliott will be attending this Open Mic to scout out Taborgrass bands for his Saturday bluegrass shows at the Multnomah Grange #71.  Dave wants to have a "Taborgrass Night" at his theater in April.  If you are in a band that includes Taborgrass alumni, this is an opportunity to showcase your material.  

Of course, everyone is invited to participate this Friday as usual. 

Jamming and pizza at 6:30pm, show starts at 7pm in the Parish Hall.  

Hope to see you there!  Cost is $10 to attend plus $5 for pizza if you want it.  BYOB.

We have a sound system and mics available. Greg and Linda will be on hand to back up performers.
Sign up in advance to perform, or sign up at the door.

We hold Open Mic Nights on the First Friday of each month - October through May.

Monday, January 29, 2018

This Week At Taborgrass!

This Week At Taborgrass!

Morning; Angel Band, Red Haired Boy

Afternoon; Billy In The Lowground, Love of the Mountains

Jammers; Dixie Hoedown, Don't This Road Look Rough and Rocky

Presiding; TBA

Key; G

Soup; Linda

Open Mic this Friday at 6:30pm

Sunday, January 21, 2018

This Week At Taborgrass!

This Week At Taborgrass!

Morning; Angel Band, Red Haired Boy

Afternoon; Billy In The Lowground, Love of the Mountains

Jammers; Monroe's Hornpipe, Nine Pound Hammer

Presiding; TBA

Key; E

Soup; Mitch

35th Annual Sonny Hammond Memorial Gospel Show, Saturday night 7pm.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Oregon Bluegrass Association Sonny Hammond Memorial Gospel Show

Join us for the Oregon Bluegrass Association's annual fundraising event.

This year's show features:
  • Jericho Road
  • Dekum Duet
  • Whiskey Deaf

Jamming at 5:30 p.m.
Show at 7 p.m.

Clackamas Bible Church
15655 SE Johnson Rd.
Clackamas, OR  97015

$ 10 OBA members
$ 12 General

This show WILL sell out, so get your tickets now: https://obags.brownpapertickets.com/


Monday, January 15, 2018

This Week At Taborgrass!

This Week At Taborgrass!

Morning Class; Red Haired Boy, I Saw The Light

Afternoon Class; Billy In The Lowground, Love of the Mountains

Jammers; Ragtime Annie, Columbus Stockade Blues

Presiding; Matt Vernon, Zach Bryson

Key; D

Soup; Nora

Mountain Honey at O'Connors Wednesday 7pm to 9pm

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mountain Honey at Fire and Stone Pizza, this Sunday January 14th!

Mountain Honey invites you to join them for a fun evening of lively bluegrass, great food and drink, no cover. The party starts at 6pm to 8pm at Fire and Stone Pizza, corner of 37th and NE Fremont. Special guest Neil O'Connell from Mostly Hank is down from Seattle to share a couple of songs with us. Please join us for this special event. Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 8, 2018

New Fiddle Tune: Monroe's Hornpipe

We have a new fiddle tune to work on together - Monroe's Hornpipe.

Find it on the Music page.

We'll play this in class starting soon.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Open Mic This Friday Night, January 5th!

Linda Leavitt hosts her first Friday Open Mic this week at St. David’s in the Parish Hall starting at 6:30pm. Jamming at that time and performances will start at 7pm. 

Sign up at the door if you plan to perform. 

This is a real fun and supportive event that gives you the opportunity to perform on stage with a sound system. It doesn’t have to be bluegrass. All genres of music, storytelling, and poetry welcome.  

Hope to see you there!  

$10 admission. Additional $5 if you are having pizza. BYOB.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

This Week At Taborgrass!

This Week At Taborgrass!

Morning; Red Haired Boy, I Saw The Light

Afternoon; Love Of The Mountains, Clinch Mountain Backstep

Jammers; I Saw The Light, Red Wing

Presiding; Mike Stahlman, Dave Elliot

Key; A

Soup; Dawn

Open Mic; Friday 6:30pm