Banjo Legends Alan Munde & Bill Evans – together for the first time! Join us for this very special, one-of-a-kind concert bringing together two of the most important and influential bluegrass banjo players of the last several decades, performing bluegrass, original compositions, fiddle tunes on banjo, beautiful slow songs and much, much more. And they’re also funny!
Alan Munde began his long career in bluegrass music with the 1968 recording of Poor Richard’s Almanac featuring Sam Bush and Wayne Stewart, followed by a traditional grounding in bluegrass music as a member of IBMA Hall of Fame member Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. In 1972 Alan Joined his college picking friend Byron Berline in the forward-leaning bluegrass group Country Gazette. Alan continued as the anchor of the group for 21 years. Along the way, he recorded many highly regarded albums including Banjo Sandwich, and the Festival Favorites series. Alan participated in the 2001 IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year, Knee Deep in Bluegrass. His most recent recording is a duo CD with mandolin player Billy Bright titled Bright Munde. He taught in the Bluegrass Music Program at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas for 20 years. Alan has also published many instructional books for Mel Bay, instructional DVDs for Texas Music and Video, and participated in music workshops and camps both in America and Europe. To learn more, visit www.almundesbanjocollege.com and www.alanmundegazette.com.
Bill Evans is an internationally known five-string banjo life force and a Nancy’s Far favorite! As a performer, teacher, writer, scholar and composer, he brings a deep knowledge, intense virtuosity and contagious passion to all things banjo, with thousands of music fans and students from all over the world in a career that spans over thirty-five years. In the last two years, Bill has performed all across North America, Canada, England, Russia and Germany and has appeared with the San Francisco Symphony and on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor. His book Banjo For Dummies, is the world’s most widely read book on the instrument and his 2012 CD In Good Company charted #1 on the Roots Music Report Folk and Bluegrass Charts and the Folk DJ-List charts. Over a forty year performing career, Bill has played with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, David Bromberg, Dry Branch Fire Squad, Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard, Tony Trischka, and Jody Stecher, among many others. He has produced numerous instructional DVDs and books for Mel Bay, AcuTab, Homespun Tapes and the Murphy Method. To learn more, visit www.billevansbanjo.com.
With the Henhouse Prowlers concert being the same night as our usual 1st Thursday night bluegrass jam, we will be moving the jam to the 3rd Tuesday of the month (Nov. 18th.) The jam will be at Artmil 5601 W. Clearwater Ave. Suite 109 in Kennewick. The change will be for this month only.
Top String, the bluegrass quartet featured in numerous festivals and venues across the Northwest, will perform at The Hidden Scene located above Artmil Graphic Design Studio November 14th, 2014. The performance begins at 7:00 p.m. and lasts until 9:00 p.m. There will also be a jam session following the concert.
The band is comprised of three siblings, Madi (fiddle), Zach (guitar), and Joram (mandolin). In 2010 the group added Kaiti Dewhirst (bass). The ensemble has been astonishing audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest for the last eight years.
This is the second concert held at The Hidden Scene, which bills itself as “an intimate acoustic venue” and plans to host a series of concerts with monthly performances.
General Admission tickets are $12.00 per person, and may be purchased by following this link: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/904264.
May 10, 2014
Howard Amon Park, Richland WA (South Eastern Washington)
2:00 -6:00pm (DO cooks set up & begin cook time 1:00pm)
Three Rivers Cast Iron Cookers ( A chapter of MCTAMA) is having a food, music and fun filled afternoon. The Dutch oven cooks will be having a DOG, (Dutch Oven Gathering)…at the same time our musicians will be enjoying a jam. This is a potluck for ‘all’ who attend. If you know someone who’s interested in cast iron cooking, or acoustic music please come join us,be sure to remember your potluck item. Pots on the table 4:00pm. Please bring your own chair, beverage and service ware.
Our new volunteer coordinator says we have spots open for a few more volunteers at this years festival. A four hour shift will earn you the rest of that day at the festival for free, 3 shifts will earn you a weekend pass. Experience is a bonus if you have any from working other festivals – let us know your experience and strengths. Please use the volunteer contact on our website to connect with Brent VanDevender. sacajawea.volunteers@gmail.
In addition to the regular jam, on the last Tuesday of each month, there will be a “Slow Jam” for beginners from 7pm to 8pm in another session room. At Quinault Baptist Church, 5400 W Canal , Kennewick, WA.
Please come join us!
Join us at Kennewick High School in Kennewick, WA May 17th, 2014 from 10 am to noon for a beginning Bluegrass class. This event is for players with some experience (able to play basic chords on instrument or simple melodies) who are looking to grow skill sets to become comfortable playing with other instruments in Bluegrass jam situations. We will work on on chord changes and common Bluegrass songs. Students should have access to a mandolin, guitar, fiddle, banjo or dobro (typical Bluegrass instruments) to use in class and for practice, and a three ring binder.