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Chris Henry & the Hardcore Grass

CHRIS HENRY &  HARDCORE GRASS

Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass comes to Summergrass 2016 by popular demand.  The multi-talented Henry has been described as a master, innovative, and by the IBMA during one of several award nominations as  “the premiere Monroe-style mandolinist of his generation.”

Whether it’s a national festival or a small town event, Chris Henry and the Hardcore Grass will bring a powerful show full of memorable moments to diverse audiences. Chris comes from a traditional bluegrass background and blends his classic sound with his own creativity. His unique brand of bluegrass has been known to excite audiences from front porches to the Grand Old Opry. Visit Chris and his band at http://christopherhenry.net/hardcore-grass/  Don’t miss this great young bluegrass act Friday and Saturday at Summergrass!

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Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band

2016 marks Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band‘s second appearance at Summergrass San Diego. This Southern California based group features Devitt Feeley on mandolin, Craig Ferguson on guitar and Lydia Veilleux on fiddle,  and the live ensemble often includes Brian Netzley on bass.  Feeley, Ferguson and Veilleux  got their start in the bluegrass music field by winning first place in the 2009 Topanga Banjo and Fiddle “Band Contest”.  In January of 2012 they followed that up by taking first place in the California Bluegrass Association’s “Great 48 Showcase Showdown”, competing against the top bluegrass bands from across the state.

Rocky Neck Bluegrass Band released their self-titled album in November of 2010. Recorded  in a 1920’s cabin in the mountain community of Big Bear, CA, and mastered by legendary bluegrass engineer Billy Wolf in Arlington, VA, the album has been receiving regular airplay on radio stations across the country.

Regarding their debut album, their website states “We wanted to make a bluegrass recording that had the feeling of a living room jam as opposed to the slick Nashville sound. Recording in Devitt’s cabin in Big Bear couldn’t have been a better situation,” says Craig, who engineered the recording. The blend of fresh bluegrass arrangements, original tunes, and traditional music on this album will be attractive to fans of not only bluegrass but also blues, country, and folk-oriented listeners.Devitt Feeley added, “By arranging songs that are not part of the standard bluegrass repertoire like Neil Young’s Comes A Time, we hope to reach out to people who might not know that they’re bluegrass fans.” According  to Lydia, “We searched our common repertoire for traditional tunes that still feel relevant today and tried to build fresh arrangements on these timeless songs. By juxtaposing old traditional songs like “Shady Grove” with bluegrass arrangements of more modern songs we hoped to respect traditional bluegrass, while extending a hand to people who aren’t that familiar with bluegrass music.”rckyneck

 

 

Burning Heart Bluegrass

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There is  nothing like the sound of guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and doghouse bass when they get into that special Bluegrass groove. Add to that high-powered vocals and soaring harmonies and you have Burning Heart Bluegrass. This great new band includes Jeff Fleck on guitar, Dan Sankey on mandolin, Keith Chagnon on banjo, Ron Vance on bass, and Steve Rosenstein on fiddle.

With nearly 100 years of musical experience between them, the members of Burning Heart Bluegrass delivers the bluegrass essentials with energy, drive, passion, and precision. Drawing it’s repertoire from old and new Bluegrass classics, BHB serves up  a genuine Bluegrass experience,  no gimmicks, upgrades, or additives!

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Virtual Strangers

The Virtual Strangers, 2007 Arizona Bluegrass Band contest winners, bring a great mixture of traditional and progressive songs. Their sound is a mixture of the traditional with Stanley, Monroe, and Flatt & Scruggs material along with more progressive material from Blue Highway, Lonesome River Band and Del McCoury. They have shared the stage with Rhonda Vincent, Bluegrass Etc., California, the Dillards, Lonesome River Band, Nashville Bluegrass Band, and others.  Virtual Strangers perform in numerous events & festivals in San Diego and throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, and Colorado, among others.  In addition, Virtual Strangers lead the annual Cruise2Jam Carnival Line Catalina/Ensenada Cruise each February where they teach passengers about jamming etiquette and hold on-board jam sessions.

Virtual Strangers also has an alter ego – the Tatar Patch Bluegrass Buddies.  Several times each year, the Strangers morph into this kid-friendly persona and go into classrooms to educate school-age children about bluegrass music and how to start playing it.  They have performed in schools and  kids camps at many festivals.

Mike Tatar Sr., on banjo, holds down the lead vocals. He’s played with In Cahoots, Snowy River, Full Deck, LeRoy McNees, and was made an honorary Piney Creek Weasel by the late Rick Abrams.

Jon Cherry plays mandolin, and sings harmony/lead vocals. Jon’s played with Union Creek and Snowy River, and proudly plays his handmade Cherry Mandolin on stage.

Yvonne Tatar plays the acoustic bass and sings harmony. She is a proud fourth generation string player and has accompanied many old time-fiddlers. She’s played with In Cahoots, Full Deck, LeRoy McNees, and sitting in with many other bands.

Kit Birkett plays guitar and also sings lead vocals. His credits include the Scottsville Squirrel Barkers and Down the Road, 2001 Southwest Bluegrass Play-off Winners.

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Sweet Tidings Gospel Jam

Sweet Tidings Gospel Jam is comprised of Kimberly Conley, David Dickey II, Diana Hergert, Don Hergert, and Marc Nelissen. They present hymns and traditional gospel music with emphasis on Americana roots gospel done jam-style.  Fans describe Sweet Tidings as “happy, joyful, charming, new and fresh.”

When they played at Summergrass 2014, due to some technical difficulties, the band made a decision to come off the mainstage and play on the grassy lawn to the delight of the Summergrass fans.  Their show was electric and the crowd loved them!  Make some memories and be sure to see this very special band Sunday morning on the Summergrass mainstage!

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