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Blue Grass Festival This Week

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

This week the Lassen County Fairgrounds will play host to some of the best music in the world, as more than a dozen of the hottest acts in bluegrass take to the stage for the three day Susanville Bluegrass Festival.

The festival features top notch bands and performers who run the musical gamut between traditional and modern interpretations of the bluegrass style.

Friday’s performances are scheduled from noon to 8:30p.m. Saturday shows from 10a.m. to 9:30p.m. and on Sunday there will be live music from 10a.m. to 5p.m.

On Stage:

At the 16-year mark, Blue Highway is indisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. The band’s nine exceptional albums and compelling live performances give proof to the stellar reviews, Grammy nominations, and numerous awards earned by the band since it first took the stage on December 31, 1994, with the same musicians that comprise Blue Highway today.

James King was born Sept. 9, 1958, in Martinsville, Va., and grew up in Carroll County — one of the most fertile breeding grounds for bluegrass and old-time musicians. James’ father, Jim, and his uncle, Joe Edd, were both musicians of note. As James entered his teens, he began to take the music seriously too, particularly the music of his fellow Virginians, the Stanley Brothers.

Wild Creek, from Northern Nevada, is a group of musicians with different musical backgrounds performing music from driving new bluegrass to old tunes with a new twist, a wild creek kind of twist!

In 2006, Wild Creek won “Best Bluegrass Band” at the Battle of the Bands completion held at the Sparks Marina in Sparks, Nevada. In 2004, their first CD, titled “Old, Deaf and Blind” was released… and they are currently recording their second.

The Banner Mountain Boys feature bluegrass music from traditional and contemporary American music sources. The four band members include Taylor Carey on guitar and vocals, Rob Shotwell on banjo and vocals, Ron Gaynor on resophonic guitar and vocals, and Cecelia Shotwell on upright bass.

The group hails from Nevada County and takes its name from Taylor’s residence up on Banner Mountain.

The Anderson Family

The Anderson Family. Mark and Christy Anderson and their four kids; Paige, Aimee, Ethan and Daisy, are making new friends and fans every day with their unbeatable combination of outstanding lead and harmony singing, impressive instrumental abilities, savvy stagecraft and boundless energy and charisma.

Red Dog Ash plays original and classic bluegrass, featuring hard-driving tunes, beautiful waltzes, tight harmonies, hot licks, and high-lonesome mountain soul. Red Dog Ash is Eli Arrigotti on bass and vocals, Dixon Smith on banjo and vocals, Gary Vessel on mandolin and vocals, and Jason Winfree on guitar and vocals.

The Tuttles with special guest AJ Lee are a mostly kids band playing bluegrass and old-time music based in Palo Alto, CA. They feature two of the finest young singers in the country with Molly Tuttle and AJ Lee, and the high-speed picking of Molly’s brothers, Sullivan and Michael. They have performed at some of California’s premier music festivals, including Starwberry and the California Bluegrass Association’s Grass Valley Festival.

Snap Jackson and the Knock On Wood Players are an acoustic trio hailing from Stockton. The band effortlessly blends Americana, bluegrass, soul, and old time music to create a unique, fresh and energetic sound. Find out more by clicking here and visiting the band’s MySpace page.

The entire artist lineup and schedule are available at the Susanville Bluegrass Festival’s website.

All day adult admission is $15 a day or you can buy a 3-day pass for just $30. Tickets for teens aged 13 to 18 are $7 per day or $20 for the entire festival. Children under 12 get in free with a paid adult admission.

For more information about the big Susanville Bluegrass Festival you can visit the official website or call the Lassen County Fair office at 530.251.8900.

Snap Jackson and the Knock On Wood Players


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