Sunday, June 23, 2024

Annual Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival

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Kick starts your bluegrass summer with the Annual Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival (WRBF), June 16-18, featuring superstar bluegrass bands that will put the kick in your bluegrass start.  The extraordinary line up goes like this…. 

Sister Sadie hit the bluegrass world in 2012 like a sonic boom and they haven’t looked back. Awards and nominations, individually and as a band, are so numerous it is head spinning.

Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, a multi-award-winning duo has brought passion for the music and each other to the stage for two decades. They continue to be one of the most compelling sounds in bluegrass today.

Authentic Unlimited is a band made up of accomplished, veteran players and truly authentic. Offering a “powerful and energetic” sound, they bring years of combined musical experience to their performances. Nick Dumas & Branchline, is a newly formed band, focusing on a mix of original material and some of the classics. Sure to be high energy and fast moving from one of the most diverse talents in the industry today.

Rock Ridge Bluegrass Band has everything necessary and then some to tickle your bluegrass heart. Superb vocals and harmonies, all backed by impressive and inspiring instrumental musicianship. Rusty Hinges Bluegrass grew out of the bluegrass jam circles at local PNW festivals. Their music is a blend of traditional and contemporary bluegrass and Americana resulting in a show that is polished and entertaining.

Go ahead, kick start your June, with bluegrass delivered direct to you from the Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival!  Main Stage Shows begin at 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For those of you not quite ready for the high-speed jam sessions heard all over the grounds, our Slow Jam is the place to practice your chops and learn how to maneuver a jam session and maximize your enjoyment picking with other folks and meeting new bluegrass friends!

Step out and experience what it’s like to perform in a band in our fun and relaxed Band Scramble. To round out the festival experience, we have a team of young performers lead by Jake Monroe, signed on to instruct our youth instrument workshops, Taylor’s Camp. Taylor’s Camp is designed to perpetuate the tradition of passing our bluegrass heritage to the next generation.  For our Adult Instrument Workshops, learn some new tricks and tips to amuse and amaze even you, from the top-notch musicians of our headliner bands! 

Wake up Sunday with the Sunday Morning Gospel Show featuring Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, Authentic Unlimited and Rusty Hinges Bluegrass.

We will have food and merchandise vendors available, for when you need some nourishment to keep going or a souvenir to take home with you as a reminder of all the fun and enjoyment. 

Camping opens Monday, June 12 and is the best in a bluegrass community experience. Prices can be found on the website: http://www.wenatcheeriverbluegrass.com. Thursday campers are invited to the Meet and Greet Luau.  Just look for the Hawaiian camp.

The Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival (WRBF) located at the Chelan County Expo Center, 5700 Wescott Ave, Cashmere, WA., is put on by the good folks of the Cashmere Community Concerts.  Each year the WRBF brings new folks over the mountains to experience the beauty of our great region.  A scenic drive through some of Washington’s most breathtaking areas, it encompasses everything an outdoor enthusiast could want, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, golf (several courses), fly fishing, mountain climbing and river rafting.  For information on additional events and camping call 509-421-0494 or visit our website at: http://www.wenatcheeriverbluegrass.com.


 

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