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Thursday May 26th 7:30pm Hermann's Jazz Club (map)
Concert: Jeff Scroggins and Colorado/

This high-energy five-piece bluegrass band from Colorado returns to Vancouver Island for a very special limited-seating show.

Fronted by internationally acclaimed two-time National Banjo Champion Jeff Scroggins, their distinct style is immediately recognizable due to Jeff's unique and diverse range of influences, which include Alan Munde, Don Reno, Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. The band also features the award-winning mandolin playing of Jeff's son Tristan Scroggins. At only 20 years old, Tristan is an award-winning instrumentalist and accomplished songwriter. West Virginia native Greg Blake provides powerful bluegrass vocals and guitar steeped in country heritage, bringing a truly authentic sound developed from a lifetime of singing bluegrass, gospel, and country. They are joined by Oregon native and festival favorite Ellie Hakanson on fiddle and vocals as well as champion multi-instrumentalist and veteran musician Isaac Calender on bass.

Opening the show is The Garrett Thompson Band featuring Mike Kraft (banjo), Miriam Sonstenes (fiddle), Jeff Ellis (bass), Paul Lange (mandolin), and Garrett Tompson on guitar.

Get your tickets early - it's sure to sell out.

Doors open 5:30 pm. Advance tickets $20 general; $18 VBA Members (use the Member Password that was emailed to you). Tickets are also sold at any VBA event. Price at the door is $25 for all.
More info: or phone 250.588.2780
Tuesday May 31st 9:00pm First Church of Christ Scientist (map)
Feature Act: The Three Tims

Several years ago the idea came up to do a Tim O'Brien Tribute. It was talked about again at festivals last summer, so in the fall of last year James Whittall, Paul Lange and Larry Stevens decided to put together a set of songs written or recorded by Tim. These 3 have been greatly influenced by Tim O'Brien as a player, song writer, sideman, as well as a member of Hot Rize and Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers.

With the help of a couple of special guests, James, Paul and Larry will perform some of their favourite Tim tunes. It will be an evening to remember.

Doors open: 7:30 pm
The evening starts with an Open Stage from 7:45pm to 8:45pm. You can sign up for a spot on the Open Stage by contacting Jeb Gordon at 778-678-4570 or email

Admission: suggested donation $7 general, $5 for VBA members and open stage performers
Tuesday June 7th 7:30pm First Church of Christ Scientist (map)
Annual General Meeting

The AGM is your opportunity to get involved, to give us input on what type of activities you would like to see the VBA organize, and to make suggestions on how to improve on anything we are doing at the present time.

We also elect our Board for the next year. If you are interested in becoming a board member, please email

If any member has "Other Business" they wish to raise at the AGM, please submit it in writing to any current board member, or email Lisa Feeney.

Only paid up 2016/2017 members can voice an opinion and vote at the meeting.

The meeting will be followed by a band scramble, so don't forget to bring your instruments. Cake too !

June 17th to 19th Sooke River Campground (map)
14th Annual Sooke River Bluegrass Festival

Kick off the festival-camping season with mighty lively Bluegrass, Old-Time Music and Dance. PLUS endless jamming, happy food vendors, kids fun zone, performer seminars, and more!

The festival is family friendly and features an array of local & visiting acoustic talent, food & merchandise vendors, instrument workshops and beautiful scenery. John Reischman and the Pine Siskins, Tom Terrell, Twin Bandit, Wellesley Station, Garrett Tompson Band, Sarah Jane Scouten, The Clover Point Drifters, Riverside Bluegrass Band ... and YOMADA's House Stringband plays for a square dance Saturday night under the big top tent.

Held every Father's Day weekend at the Sooke River Campground, the festival is a family affair and very affordable, with day passes as low as $10 or weekend passes for $50 (camping extra). Check out their website, and get ready for a great weekend!