Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Taborgrass Christmas Party This Saturday, December 15th!

We hope you all can join in the fun at this year’s Christmas party. We’ll hold our annual Ugly Sweater Contest and a Name That Tune Contest with real live music! And fabulous prizes!!

Hope to see you here!!

Location:
Waverly UCC
3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland OR
https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

Monday, December 10, 2018

Class Assignments for December 15, 2018

First Year Class:

Liberty, Angel Band

Second Year Class:

Head Over Heels, Clinch Mountain Backstep


Location:
Waverly UCC
3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland OR
https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

Friday, December 7, 2018

Taborgrass Mandolin Workshop with Kaden Hurst This Sunday December 9th!

Strum Guitar, 1415 SE Stark, Noon to 1:30pm $10.

Also a chance to check out this exciting new venue Strum Guitar. They have a great selection of guitars and amps and serve beer and wine.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Taborgrass Open Mic This Thursday, December 6th

Taborgrass Open Mic is this coming Thursday, December 6th at Waverly. Please join us at 6:30 for pizza and jamming. Come to share your music or stories with us in the Open Mic starting at 7PM, or you can come just to cheer on your fellow students!

It’s all great fun and hope to see you there. We ask for a $10 donation for performers, and a $5 donation for pizza. Bring your own beer. Remember, no food in the Sanctuary, but drinks are OK.

Location:
Waverly UCC
3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland OR
https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Class Assignments for December 8, 2018

First Year Class:

Liberty, Angel Band

Second Year Class:

Clinch Mountain Backstep, Bluebirds Are Singing For Me, Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley


Location:
Waverly UCC
3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland OR
https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

Monday, November 26, 2018

Class Assignments for December 1, 2018

First Year Class:

Liberty, Angel Band in G

Second Year Class:

Bluebirds Are Singing For Me in G, Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley in C


Location:
Waverly UCC
3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland OR
https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

Monday, November 19, 2018

Class Assignments for November 24, 2018

We will be having Taborgrass classes on Saturday, November 24th. Hope to see you there! First Year Class:

Old Joe Clark, I'll Fly Away

Second Year Class:

I Am A Poor Wayfarin' Stranger (Key: A minor), Clinch Mountain Backstep

Song of the Week

Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley (Key: C)

Location:
Waverly UCC
3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland OR
https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Taborgrass Intermediate Session at Strum Guitar this Sunday!

This Sunday, November 18th, Kaden Hurst and Patrick Connell will host a Session from Noon to 1:30pm at Strum Guitar, 1415 SE Stark. $10.

More in depth discussion on how to improve your jamming skills.



You can also see Mountain Honey performing at Strum Guitar on Wednesday November 14th 7pm to 9pm. 

Come join us, and check out the new venue. 

Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Class Assignments for November 17, 2018

First Year Class:

Old Joe Clark, I'll Fly Away

Second Year Class:

I Am A Poor Wayfarin' Stranger, Clinch Mountain Backstep

Location:
Waverly UCC
3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland OR
https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Times and Locations for November 10, 2018

This information will be available each week at the handout table.
Everyone meets in the Sanctuary at 10am.

First Year Class:
10am to 11:30am   Sanctuary
11:30am to 1pm     Sanctuary, Hyde Hall and Office

Second Year Classes:
10am to 11:30am  Fellowship Hall and Hyde Hall
11:30am to 1pm    Fellowship Hall, East and West Classrooms

Open Jams:
10am to 11:30am  West and East Classrooms, Office
11:30am to 1pm    Entry Hall (Foyer)

Study Group (4 persons max):
10am to 11:30am  Bell Tower
11:30am to 1pm    Bell Tower

Location:
Waverly UCC
3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland OR
https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Class Assignments for Saturday, November 10th

First Year Class: 

Old Joe Clark, I'll Fly Away

Second Year Class: 

White Dove in the key of D

Location:
Waverly UCC
3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland OR
https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

Monday, November 5, 2018

Two Thumbs Up!

Taborgrass Hosted 13 Separate Jams on Saturday Between 10am and 1pm! Greg counted them.

Greg says “two thumbs up!” Thanks to our wonderful new location at Waverly, and thank you to our wonderful volunteers, and to all of you who make it happen.

Happy Pickin!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Taborgrass Open Mic This Thursday, November 1st!

Our first open mic of the new season and new location.

This should be exciting. Pizza and jamming starts 6:30pm. $5 per serving of pizza.

Performances start at 7pm, asking $10 donation.

BYOB and remember no food in the Sanctuary.

 This is a great way to get your feet wet on stage, (not literally) and play in front of a sound system and audience.

Bring your songs, poems, stories, dances. All are welcome! Hope to see you here!
Location:
Waverly UCC
3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland OR
https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

Monday, October 29, 2018

Class Assignments for Saturday, November 3rd

First Year Class: 

Soldier’s Joy, Bury Me Beneath the Willow

Second Year Class: 

Head Over Heels in key of E, Blackberry Blossom

Location:
Waverly UCC
3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland OR
https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Taborgrass Halloween Party and Costume Contest this Saturday October 27th!

We will be celebrating Halloween with a costume contest at 11:30am. Always lots of fun!

You are invited to display a bluegrass related theme with your costume.

Hope to see you here!

Location:
Waverly UCC
3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland OR
https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Class Assignments for Saturday October 27th

First Year Class: 

Soldier’s Joy, Bury Me Beneath the Willow

Second Year Class: 

Head Over Heels in key of E, Blackberry Blossom

Location:
Waverly UCC
3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland OR
https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

Friday, October 19, 2018

Times and Locations for Saturday, October 20th

Everyone meets in the Sanctuary at 10am.

First Year Class:
10am to 11:30am   Sanctuary
11:30am to 1pm     Sanctuary, Hyde Hall and Office

Second Year Classes:
10am to 11:30am  Fellowship Hall and Hyde Hall
11:30am to 1pm    Fellowship Hall, East and West Classrooms

Open Jams:
10am to 11:30am  West and East Classrooms, Office
11:30am to 1pm    Entry Hall (Foyer)

Study Group (4 persons max):
10am to 11:30am  Bell Tower
11:30am to 1pm    Bell Tower

Location:
Waverly UCC
3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland OR
https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

Monday, October 15, 2018

Class Assignments for Saturday October 20th

First Year Class: 

Boil Them Cabbage Down, You Are My Sunshine, Cripple Creek, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Soldier’s Joy, Bury Me Beneath The Willow

Second Year Class: 

Whiskey Before Breakfast, Old Home Place, Blackberry Blossom, Meet Me By The Moonlight

Location:
Waverly UCC
3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland OR
https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Times and Locations for Saturday, October 13th

Everyone meets in the Sanctuary at 10am.

First Year Class:
10am to 11:30am   Sanctuary
11:30am to 1pm     Sanctuary

Second Year Classes:
10am to 11:30am  Fellowship Hall and Hyde Hall
11:30am to 1pm    Fellowship Hall, Hyde Hall and West Classroom

Open Jams:
10am to 11:30am  West Classroom, Office
11:30am to 1pm    East Classroom, Office

Study Group (4 persons max):
10am to 11:30am  Bell Tower
11:30am to 1pm    Bell Tower

Location:
Waverly UCC
3300 SE Woodward Street
Portland OR
https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

Monday, October 8, 2018

Class Assignments for Saturday, October 13, 2018

First Year Class:
Boil Them Cabbage Down, You Are My Sunshine, Cripple Creek, Will The Circle Be Unbroken

Second Year Class:
Whiskey Before Breakfast, Old Home Place

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Need Volunteers to Set Up Tables and Chairs this Saturday!


I need a few volunteers to help me set up chairs and move tables this Saturday. If you are willing and able to arrive early on Saturday that would be great. I’m asking volunteers to arrive at 9:15am.  (Warning! Coffee will not be ready until 10.)

Bring Your Own Coffee Cups to Taborgrass!

We will not be using the dishwasher this year, and we want to cut back on the use of throw away paper cups and plates. I'll provide coffee, chips and water. You are welcome to bring a small snack to share for the snack table. There will not be soup this year because of shortened hours and a need to keep the kitchen clean.

Thanks so much!  

Remember that Taborgrass is at a NEW LOCATION:

Waverly UCC at 3300 SE Woodward Street, Portland OR - https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP

Greg

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Taborgrass starts up this coming Saturday, October 6th in our NEW LOCATION

Taborgrass starts up this coming Saturday, October 6th in our NEW LOCATION:

Waverly UCC at 3300 SE Woodward Street, Portland OR - https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

This information will be available each week at the handout table.

Everyone meets in the Sanctuary at 10am.

First Year Class:
10am to 11:30am   Sanctuary
11:30am to 1pm     Sanctuary

Second Year Classes:
10am to 11:30am  Fellowship Hall and Hyde Hall
11:30am to 1pm    Fellowship Hall, Hyde Hall and West Classroom

Open Jams:
10am to 11:30am  West and East Classrooms, Office and Entry.
11:30am to 1pm    East Classroom, Office and Entry

Study Group (4 persons max):
10am to 11:30am  Bell Tower
11:30am to 1pm    Bell Tower        

Monday, September 24, 2018

Changes at Taborgrass: New location! Classes start Saturday, October 6th

New Location: Waverly UCC.  3300 SE Woodward Street, Portland OR - https://goo.gl/maps/S8j3PT2F4iP2

IMPORTANT: Please enter the Waverly UCC through the front door ONLY.  There you will be able to pay your admission and students can pick up the following week’s assignment at the handout table in the Sanctuary before finding your place in the building.

Admission: $15 for classes. Suggested $5 donation if you are just jamming

First Year Class: No changes in format

Second Year Class:  Start at 10am.  Conducted by Linda Leavitt and Kaden Hurst in two large circles in separate rooms.  Repertoire the same, still Taborgrass order.

Open Jams: Rooms for musicians who are not attending classes and are there just to jam.

Taborgrass Open Mic: First THURSDAYS starting November 1st at Waverly UCC.

Sessions and Workshops: No longer held during Saturday classes. They will be held at Strum Guitars  - 1415 SE Stark St #C, Portland, OR 97214 - https://goo.gl/maps/Y2bWztFUuAT2. Dates, session leaders, and topics to be announced – stay tuned!

Handouts will include assignments for the following week.  Those assignments will also be posted on the taborgrass.com website.

I want to encourage all Taborgrass alumni to be in attendance at 10am on our first day to check out Waverly UCC and meet the pastor, Sara Rosenau.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Saturday, October 6th at 10am.

Thanks!

Greg

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Taborgrass Second Year Student Assignments for October 6th

Don't forget that our first Taborgrass class for the 2018/19 season is coming up on Saturday, October 6th!

Second Year Students: Start practicing Whiskey Before Breakfast and Old Home Place in G for the October 6th class.  Here's a complete list of the songs and tunes we'll be working with. The numbers next to each title are to help you set your metronomes:
  • Whiskey Before Breakfast (new) 72/84
  • Old Home Place (new) 132
  • Cherokee Shuffle 104/112
  • Long Journey Home
  • St. Anne’s Reel 104/112
  • Nine Pound Hammer

First Year Students: I will have music handouts for you on the first day of class.  Please bring a music stand if you have one.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Greg

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

SOUP AND SONG CONTEST at TYGH VALLEY FESTIVAL Saturday Evening September 29th 4:30p to 6:30p


Join us at the TurtleGrass camp for our annual soup contest. Bring your best soup and hope to win fabulous prizes. (approx. 2 qts) We have electrical outlets at the camp. Just bring your crock pot and we can keep it warm. Soups at the camp by 4:30pm please.



Thursday, September 6, 2018

Shoegrass at Waverly, Sunday, September 16th at 4pm!

Shoegrass at Waverly, Sunday, September 16th at 4pm!

This is a great opportunity to check out our new home, meet some of the
staff, and support one of our alumni bands. This one hour long concert will
showcase groups from all the music programs at Waverly UCC. Concert is
free. Hope to see you there! Waverly UCC, 3300 SE Woodward St. Portland.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Taborgrass Open Mic at Leif and Aileen Halvorson’s House, Friday, September 14th at 7pm.

Leif and Aileen are inviting us over to their house for an open mic house concert. We're looking forward to a fun night. Hope to see you there! The address is 6005 N. Denver in Portland. All donations go to the Taborgrass program. Thank you Leif and Aileen!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Timberline Lodge Mountain Music Festival, Labor Day, September 3rd

Timberline Lodge Mountain Music Festival, Labor Day, September 3rd.

I hope you all can join us for another fun Labor Day spent at the beautiful and historic Timberline Lodge.  

Linda and myself will be hosting a jam in the back patio starting around 11:30am.  Mountain Honey is very excited to be performing as well.  We go on stage at 12:30pm at the outdoor amphitheater. This is a free event.  

There may be a couple of rooms still available at the Lodge if you would like to spend the night.  Jamming goes into the evening by the fireplaces. Hope to see you there! Greg.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Taborgrass Fall Classes Starting Soon! Jammers Welcome!

Mark your calendars. Our Fall classes start on Saturday, October 6, 2018 and go from 10AM to 1PM.

Class admission is $15, but we encourage all Taborgrassers - of all skill levels - to come and jam! We have plenty of room for jams in our new location. If you're coming only to jam, we ask for a $5 donation to help cover expenses.

Remember that we have a new home this year:

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

Sunday, August 19, 2018

String Along Acoustic Jam on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month


Sharon invites beginning and intermediate players to join the String Along Acoustic Jam. 

What: Acoustic Stringed-Instrument Jam for beginning and intermediate pickers.

What type of music:  Any basic American Traditional music…(Basic chord progressions).

When: 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month at the Happy Valley Library, just off Sunnyside Road
2PM to 5PM.

Where:
Happy Valley Library
www.happyvalleyor.gov
13793 SE Sieben Park Way
Happy Valley, OR 97015
(503) 783-3456

Monday, August 13, 2018

Attention Banjo Players: Start working on your right hand technique now!

Attention Banjo Players: It's time to get ready for our fall classes, which will start on Saturday, October 6th.

Now is a great time to be working on your right hand technique. Please download "Picking Exercises for Banjo" from our Music page and use it as a practice guide to prepare for our fall classes.

If you need assistance with these basic exercises, contact Greg Stone for a free private lesson to help get you started.

A reminder to all Taborgrassers:

Fall classes start October 6, 2018 and go from 10AM to 1PM. Class admission is $15. If you're coming only to jam, we ask for a $5 donation.

We have a new home this year too:

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


Monday, July 23, 2018

GorgeGrass this Weekend!

Hope to see everyone out at Stevenson this weekend for GorgeGrass. Beginners look for the "Turtlegrass" banner for the slow jam.

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.

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