A product of America’s rich aural folk tradition as well as classical music, Mark O’Connor’s creative journey began at the feet of musical giants, folk fiddler and innovator, Benny Thomasson, and French jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. Between these marvelous musical extremes, Mark O’Connor absorbed knowledge and influence from the multitude of musical styles and genres he studied. Now, at age 54, he has melded and shaped these influences into a new American Classical music, and a vision of an entirely American school of string playing.
You can find out more about Mark and his work here.
Mark O’Connor – Fiddle
Maggie O’Connor – Fiddle, Vocals
Forrest O’Connor – Mandolin, Vocals
Kate Lee – Fiddle, Vocals
Eleven years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves everyone craving more.
Find out more about Henhouse Prowlers here.
Ben Wright – Banjo
Jon Goldfine – Vocals & bass
Aaron Dorfman – Guitar
Todd Livingston – Dobro
The DownTown Mountain Boys based in Seattle, Washington, is the Pacific Northwest’s most exciting and accomplished bluegrass band. Veteran bluegrass artists and recording artists Terry Enyeart, Dave Keenan, Don Share, Tom Moran, and Paul Elliott, have come together in a match made in musical heaven.
Find out more about DownTown Mountain Boys here.
Terry Enyeart – Bass, Lead, and Harmonic Vocals
Dave Keenan – Banjo, Fiddle, Lead, & Harmonic Vocals
Don Share – Guitar, Lead, & Harmonic Vocals
Tom Moran – Mandolin
Paul Elliott – Fiddle
Based out of Seattle, Washington, the North Country Bluegrass Band is one of the premier traditional bluegrass bands from the Northwest. North Country was founded in 2012 when the guys were jamming together at a local bluegrass event in Seattle. They quickly found a unique chemistry and demonsrated the same love for music, songwriting, and instrumental dynamics. Within the first year of formation, the band played at prominent music venues, including Wintergrass and the historica Paramount Theatre. Since then, they have continued to build their repertoire and toured throughout the United States and Canada.
For more information on North Country Bluegrass, go here.
Norm Olsen- Guitar, Lead Vocals
Kent Powell – Bass, Vocals
Will McSeveney – Banjo
Zach Top – Mandolin, Lead Vocals
For over 21 years the Badger Mountain Dry Band has brought their brand of progressive bluegrass music to the Pacific Northwest. Playing traditional bluegrass instrumentation , the group has presented a music ranging from traditional bluegrass standards, original Gospel material, 60’s rock and roll, swing tunes, big band tunes, old country standards, and more.
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John April- Guitar, Banjo, Dobro, Lead Vocals
Jim Honeyman – Mandolin, Lead Vocals
Mike Zabel – Bass
Shawn Hughes – Guitar, Mandolin
Kurt Fields – Guitar