Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Recommended Bluegrass Festivals!

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

Steeplegrass Reunion: Lewisville Park, WA. Sunday, May 19th noon to 4pm. This one day festival is a great way to start your journey through the all the festivals this summer. There are a lot of Taborgrassers who attend, so you will have friends. It is in a beautiful setting along the Lewis River. We have a large shelter so rain or shine. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be on the grill. There is a $10. suggested donation.

Goldendale Pickers Festival: May 31st to June 2nd. $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 for an informal weekend-long picking party. Goldendale is a lovely, welcoming community featuring an observatory right up the hill from the festival.

Wheeler County Bluegrass Festival: Fossil, OR. July 5th to July 7th. This festival is hot. I recommend you throw an inflatable wading pool in the back of the car before you leave town for this one. This weekend always holds some of 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.

Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival: Stevenson WA. July 25th to July 28th. 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. August 2nd to 4th. 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. August 9th to 11th. 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. September 27th to 29th. 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.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Annual Steeplegrass Reunion Picnic at Lewisville Park - Sunday, May 19th, 2019 12noon- dark

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!

Bring “pot luck” item if desired, BBQE provided.

Donations accepted, $7.00 recommended.

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

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

3rd Annual Bridgetown Bluegrass Festival, Saturday May 11th


Taborgrassers mark your calendars! This festival is right in Portland at the beautiful Alberta Abbey, 126 Alberta Street. 

Linda Leavitt will be conducting a vocal workshop at 11am.  Mountain Honey will be on the outdoor stage at 2:30pm. 

Visit bridgetownbluegrass.com for ticket information. Hope to see you there!



Monday, April 22, 2019

Mountain Honey at Gastro Mania, this Wednesday night, April 24th!

Mountain Honey is playing live, (no lip syncing), this Wednesday, April 24th at our exciting new venue for bluegrass, Gastro Mania in Multnomah Village, formerly O’Connors.

We hope you can join us for the fun. We start playing at 7pm. Come early and try out their new dinner menu. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Class Assignments for Saturday, April 13th

First Year Class:
  • Liberty
  • Bury Me Beneath The Willow key of C
  • Cherokee Shuffle
  • Long Journey Home key of D
  • Red Haired Boy
  • I’ll Fly Away key of C

Second Year Class:

Linda's Section
  • Ashes Of Love key of A
  • Billy In The Lowground
Kaden's Section
  • Meet Me By The Moonlight key of C
  • Dixie Hoedown
Both Sections Together
  • Old Home Place key of G
  • Clinch Mountain


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

Monday, April 1, 2019

Taborgrass Open Mic This Friday, April 5th! Last Open Mic of the Season!

This is our last open mic of the season. Come share your stuff on stage with a sound system!

Or just come to jam and to support the performers. Either way, hope to see you here!

Pizza and jamming starts at 6pm. Performances start at 7pm.

Suggested $10 donation. Pizza is $5.

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

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Class Assignments for Saturday, March 30th

First Year Class:
  • Cherokee Shuffle
  • Select concert set list

Second Year Class:
  • Salt Creek
  • Select concert set list


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

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Class Assignments for Saturday, March 23rd

First Year Class:
  • Cripple Creek
  • I'll Fly Away
  • Cherokee Shuffle
  • Long Journey Home
  • Liberty
  • Angel Band

Second Year Class:
  • Lamp Lighting Time
  • Red Haired Boy
  • Head Over Heels
  • St. Anne's Reel
  • Meet Me By The Moonlight
  • Salt Creek


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

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Taborgrass Night at Grange #71: This Saturday Night, March 16th!

We are pleased to be invited back to the Multnomah Grange this spring for another Taborgrass Night!

We invite you to come join us as we look forward to the performances from the Taborgrass Alumni. We also encourage you to sign up and share your music with us. Both classes will be performing this year. Either way, the jamming starts at 5:30 so bring your instrument. The snack bar opens at 6pm. A fire in the wood stove will be roaring, and the show starts at 7pm. It all adds up to lots of fun!

Suggested donation to contribute to building costs is ten bucks. Hope to see you there!

Location: 30639 SE Bluff Road, Gresham, OR 97080

More info: https://www.multnomahgrange71.com/


Monday, March 11, 2019

Class Assignments for Saturday, March 16th

First Year Class:
  • Cherokee Shuffle
  • Long Journey Home
  • Red Haired Boy
  • Bury Me Beneath The Willow in key of G
  • Red Haired Boy
  • Nine Pound Hammer

Second Year Class:
  • Ashes Of Love
  • Billy In The Lowground
  • Long Journey Home
  • Clinch Mountain Backstep
  • Old Home Place in key of G


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

Monday, March 4, 2019

Mountain Honey is playing this Wednesday, March 6th at Gastro Mania!


Mountain Honey is playing live, (no lip syncing), this Wednesday, March 6th at our exciting new venue for bluegrass, Gastro Mania in Multnomah Village, formerly O’Connors.  

We hope you can join us for the fun. We start playing at 7pm. Come early and try out their new dinner menu. Hope to see you there!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Class Assignments for Saturday, March 9th

First Year Class:
  • Cherokee Shuffle (new) 72
  • Long Journey Home (new) in key of G
  • Red Haired Boy
  • Bury Me Beneath The Willow in key of G

Second Year Class:
  • Salt Creek (new) 72
  • Love Of The Mountains
  • Dixie Hoedown 112/120
  • Clinch Mountain Backstep
  • Old Home Place in key of G
  • Bluebirds Are Singing For Me


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

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Taborgrass Open Mic This Friday, March 1st!

Come share your stuff on stage with a sound system! Or just come to jam and to support the performers. Either way, hope to see you here! Pizza and jamming starts at 6:30pm. Performances start at 7pm. Suggested $10 donation. Pizza is $5.

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

Monday, February 25, 2019

Class Assignments for Saturday, March 2nd

First Year Class:

St. Anne’s Reel, Nine Pound Hammer, Red Haired Boy, Bury Me Beneath The Willow

Second Year Class:

Dixie Hoedown, Love Of The Mountains, Clinch Mountain Backstep, Old Home Place (let’s keep this one in the key of G)


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

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Class Assignments for Saturday, February 23rd

First Year Class:

St. Anne’s Reel, Nine Pound Hammer

Second Year Class:

Dixie Hoedown, Love Of The Mountains


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

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Taborgrass CANCELLED TODAY - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH

Taborgrass is CANCELLED TODAY - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH - due to the weather. Stay warm and safe!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Mountain Honey at Strum Guitars This Sunday, February 10th!

Every second Sunday Mountain Honey is excited to be at Strum Guitars for performing our latest songs and tunes and looking forward to seeing many friendly faces and friends in this cozy spot for music, beer, wine and fun. Plus a wonderful selection of vintage guitars and amps to look at.

Hope to see you there! 7pm to 9pm.

Location:
Strum Guitars
1415 SE Stark Street #C
Portland, OR 97214
https://goo.gl/maps/osAfq6Kq61E2

Monday, February 4, 2019

Class Assignments for Saturday, February 9th

First Year Class:

St. Anne’s Reel, Nine Pound Hammer in key of G

Second Year Class:

Dixie Hoedown, Love of the Mountains in the key of G


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

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Taborgrass Open Mic This Friday, February 1st!

Come share your stuff on stage with a sound system! Or just come to jam and to support the performers. Either way, hope to see you here! Pizza and jamming starts at 6:30pm. Performances start at 7pm. Suggested $10 donation. Pizza is $5.

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

Monday, January 28, 2019

Class Assignments for Saturday, February 2nd

First Year Class:

Red Haired Boy, I Saw The Light, I’ll Fly Away in key of E

Second Year Class:

Billy In The Lowground, Ashes of Love


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

Monday, January 21, 2019

2019 OBA Sonny Hammond Memorial Gospel Show Coming Up This Saturday!

The 2019 OBA Sonny Hammond Memorial Gospel Show is coming up this Saturday night, January 26th!

The concert starts at 7pm in main sanctuary.

Jamming goes from 5:30 to 7PM in the basement.

Where:

Clackamas Bible Church
15655 SE Johnson Rd
Clackamas, OR 97015
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/yXUg8G9gWsy

Bands:
  • Corral Creek Bluegrass Band
  • Side Dish Duo (Tommi Poelstra and Martin DeGroot)
  • The Greg Blake Band. 
To purchase tickets in advance, go to: https://2019obagospel.brownpapertickets.com/


Sunday, January 20, 2019

Class Assignments for Saturday, January 26th

First Year Class:

Red Haired Boy, I Saw The Light

Second Year Class:

Billy In The Lowground, Ashes of Love


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

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Mountain Honey at Strum Guitars This Sunday January 13th!

Please join us at our new venue for bluegrass in Southeast. It will be great to see you and to support this wonderful new venue where we play every second Sunday from 7pm to 9pm. Beer and wine available. No food but there are plenty of restaurants nearby. Hope to see you there!

Hope to see you here!!

Location:
Strum Guitars
1415 SE Stark Street #C
Portland, OR 97214
https://goo.gl/maps/osAfq6Kq61E2

Monday, January 7, 2019

Class Assignments for Saturday, January 12th

First Year Class:

Red Haired Boy, I Saw The Light (key of G)

Second Year Class:

Billy In The Lowground, Ashes of Love (key of G)


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

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Bluegrass Guitar Workshop With Greg Stone This Sunday, January 6th!


Greg Stone is conducting a Beginner/Intermediate bluegrass guitar workshop this Sunday at Strum Guitar Shop from Noon to 1:30pm. 

Greg will be going over proper technique, basic backup, an example of a simple lead to a song, practicing arpeggios for a new tune for you to work on at home, and if we have time, an introduction to playing up the neck. 

Cost is $10. Hope to see you there! 

Location:
Strum Guitar
1415 SE Stark

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Taborgrass Open Mic This Friday, January 4th!

Happy New Year everyone! What a great way to start the New Year than to be part of the fun and razzle-dazzle of a Taborgrass Open Mic event. Come share your stuff, or just come to jam and to support the performers.

Pizza and jamming starts at 6:30pm. Performances start at 7pm. Suggested $10 donation. Pizza is $5.

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