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The River City Bluegrass Festival

The River City Bluegrass Festival

For Pacific Northwesterners, this weekend is great way to get out of the rain and get into some of the best bluegrass around.  From Friday, January 7, through Sunday, January 9, 2011, the River City Music Festival will be jamming Portland, Oregon.

The line up, while not as luminous as Telluride, or Bean Blossom, is still impressive, considering that this festival is not held in the summer.  Topping the list of performers this year are the Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, Guy Clark, Tim O’Brien, the Infamous Stringdusters and festival regulars, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage.  Other northwestern and Oregon native bands will also be performing.  These will include the Macrae Sisters, and the Bluegrass Regulators. READ MORE »

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Mandolins in the Bluegrass Family

November 30, 2010 bluegrass music

The rather small, eight stringed mandolin with its fairly  poor stage projection seems an unlikely source of  modern Bluegrass music. Yet this magical instrument has become one of the best markers of Bluegrass. While Bluegrass is largely an American form of music, it is also derived from Irish and Scottish music.  In the early portion […]

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Rhonda Vincent and the Rage

August 22, 2010 bluegrass artists

Born in 1962 in Kirksville, Missouri, Rhonda Vincent is one of the most famous female performers in the bluegrass scene. She currently performs with her band, The Rage, and is much in demand in festivals across and outside the country. Besides providing vocals, she also plays the mandolin, fiddle, and guitar as well as composing […]

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