Local Bluegrass & Stuff

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Quarantainment, Virtual Spaciness, Broadband Busking, etc.

Thanks to the unruly teenager COVID-19, the normal music scene is pretty much shut down. But on the digital airwaves, many musicians are arranging lessons, concerts and all kinds of innovative musical events just to keep us all on the good end of the sanity scale.

Here we will list the events we know of that might be of interest to the Bluegrass community. Many of these are taking place on short notice and others are quite fluid with respect to the details, so in the interest of keeping things simple, we might not include a lot of details or even a link. Search the web for details.

Quarantine Happy Hour - archived Oldtime shows on Facebook
Home Routes Online Bluegrass Weekend Live Shows - from Winnipeg
Whiskey Sour Happy Hour - archived performances.
The Isolationistís Guide to Mandolin - hosted by Andrew Collins Trio
Chris Coole Workshops (ZOOM) - One of the best teachers and players.
Bluegrass Lessons with Jenny Lester
Ellie Hakanson - Occasional streaming.
Get Up In The Cool - Portland's Chris deWitt has a great weekly podcast featuring musical guests.
My Tall Tripod (YouTube) - Includes performances from past John Hartford Memorial Festivals
Taborgrass - A weekly group jam session for beginning and intermediate players in Portland, OR.
Picky Fingers Banjo Podcast - Fabulous podcast featuring the best of the best in banjo.
Bluegrass Signal - comprehensive resource page for all things Bluegrass on the West Coast, especially the Bay Area.

Support your favorite and local musicians. Don't forget the tip jar. If you know of other similar events, email us at scene@victoriabluegrass.ca and we'll post them.


Non-VBA Concerts, etc.

Monday June 13, 2022:   The Barrel Boys at Victoria Event Centre
Cowichan Valley Bluegrass Festival launch party. 20% ticket discount for VBA members. Doors 7pm Show 8pm Tickets: $30.

Sunday June 19, 2022:   Tammy Fassaert at Victoria Folk Music Society
Open Stage at 7:45pm, feature at 9pm Admission: $7.


Regular Jams in the Victoria Area

Sundays 3:00 - 7:00 pm:   The Loft's Sunday Afternoon Jam
at The Loft Pub; Bring your own instrument and mic - drum kit, bass/guitar amp provided. Admission: free, but buy a drink or food

3rd Sunday of the month 3:00 - 7:00pm:   South Cowichan Acoustic Jam (Cobble Hill)
at the Stu Armour Hall; Admission: free?

Sundays 2:00 - 6:00pm:   Country Jam (Duncan)
at the Eagle Hall; 2965 Boys Rd. Not loud, but PA and drummers are used. They also have a Rock jam on Friday night, and an Open Jam on Saturday afternoons. Admission: free, but buy a drink or food

Sundays 7:00pm - midnight:   Bluegrass Jam (Cumberland)
at the Cumberland Hotel; Admission: free, but buy a drink or food

Mondays 6:30pm - 8:30pm:   Gigi's Acoustic Open Mic
at Gigi's Cafe; Admission: free, but buy a drink or food

Tuesdays 7:45 - 10 pm:   Victoria Bluegrass Association Weekly Gathering

Wednesdays 7:00 - 9:00 pm:   Sidney Wednesday Night Acoustic Jam
at Beacon Community Services SHOAL Activity Centre 10030 Resthaven Dr Auditorium A; Acoustic Instruments only please - all levels of players welcome; Admission: $3, or $10/yr with a paid-up SHOAL membership;

Wednesdays 6:00 - 9:00 pm:   The Loft's Wednesday Night Jam
at The Loft Pub; Bring your own instrument and mic - drum kit, bass/guitar amp provided. Admission: free, but buy a drink or food

Thursdays 7 - 10 pm:   Bluegrass Jam (Qualicum Bay)
at the Crown and Anchor Pub; Admission: free, but buy a drink or food; More info: Sharon Klassen 250-951-2055

1st Friday of the month 7 - 9:30 pm:   Victoria Fiddle Society Monthly Jam
(except July & August); at Wheeley Hall in Esquimalt United Church 500 Admirals Road Victoria, BC; All musicians, all ages and skill levels are welcome; Break-out space for advanced fiddlers; Admission: VFS members Free, $5 for drop-ins.

1st and 3rd Friday of the month 7 - 11pm:   Emporium Open Mic Night (Brentwood Bay)
at the Brentwood Bay Village Emporium; All attendees, whether performers or audience, must have a seat at a table. Tables are reserved online ($10 per seat), and in advance so that performers and their guests are guaranteed an opportunity to perform - and a place for them and their guests to sit.

3rd Friday of the month 7 - 10pm:   Coombs Country Opera (Coombs)
at the Rodeo Grounds (site of the bluegrass festival); Admission: $5; More info: 250-248-1009

3rd Friday of the month 7 - 11pm:   South Cowichan Music Jam (Mill Bay)
at the Malahat Legion; Admission: free, but buy a drink or food; Hosted by the band Turnip the Beet


Regular Gigs

Let us know if you have a regular gig in the Victoria area.

Bluegrass, Old-Time & Folk Festivals in 2022
In British Columbia, Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest

Jan 12-1623rd Portland Old Time Music GatheringPortland, OR
Feb 24-27WintergrassBellevue, WA
Mar 04-06Bluegrass On The BeachLake Havasu, AZ
Apr 28-May 01Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Spring RetreatPort Orchard, WA
May 25-29Red Hot Strings WorkshopPort Townsend, WA
May 27-3051st NorthWest Folklife FestivalSeattle, WA
May 27-29Juan de Fuca Festival of the ArtsPort Angeles, WA
May 27-29Hixon Bluegrass and Country JamboreeHixon, BC
May 28Islands Celtic FestivalErrington, BC
Jun 03-04Tenor Guitar GatheringAstoria, OR
Jun 09-13Sacajawea Bluegrass CampoutPasco, WA
Jun 10-12Folk 'n Fiddle FestivalSidney, BC
Jun 10-12Kluane Mountain Bluegrass FestivalHaines Junction, YK
Jun 12-1522nd California Bluegrass Music CampGrass Valley, CA
Jun 16-1947th Grass Valley Bluegrass FestivalGrass Valley, CA
Jun 17-19Cowichan Valley Bluegrass FestivalCowichan Lake, BC
Jun 17-19Wenatchee River Bluegrass FestivalCashmere, WA
Jun 19-25Lady Of The Lake - Music and Dance WeekCouer d'Alene, ID
Jun 19-25National Oldtime Fiddle Contest and FestivalWeiser, ID
Jun 24-26Campbell Bay Music FestivalMayne Island, BC
Jun 24-26Keremeos Bluegrass JamboreeKeremeos, BC
Jun 24-26Susanville Bluegrass FestivalSusanville, CA
Jun 27-Jul 02Voiceworks - A Workshop for SingersPort Townsend, WA
Jul 01-03Summerland Bluegrass FestivalSummerland, BC
Jul 01-03Smithers Midsummer Music FestivalSmithers, BC
Jul 01-03Fossil Jam CampFossil, OR
Jul 03-10Festival Of American Fiddle Tunes
also check out the alternative Mule Barn Campsite
Port Townsend, WA
Jul 08-10Vancouver Island MusicfestCourtenay, BC
Jul 08-10Steamboat Mountain Music FestivalEdgewater, BC
Jul 08-17Harrison Festival Of The ArtsHarrison Hot Springs, BC
Jul 09-15California Coast Music Camp - Week 1Placer County, CA
Jul 10-15Walowa Fiddle Tunes CampWalowa, OR
Jul 10-16Blaine Harbor Music FestivalBlaine, WA
Jul 15-17Vancouver Folk Music FestivalVancouver, BC
Jul 15-17Darrington Bluegrass FestivalDarrington, WA
Jul 15-17Shady Grove Bluegrass FestivalSundre, AB
Jul 16Chemainus Bluegrass FestivalChemainus, BC
Jul 16-22California Coast Music Camp - Week 2Placer County, CA
Jul 21-24Northwest String SummitNorth Plains, OR
Jul 21-24GorgegrassStevenson, WA
Jul 21-24Northwest Autoharp GatheringNorth Bend, WA
Jul 22-24Hard Times Bluegrass FestivalHamilton, MT
Jul 23Islands Folk FestivalDuncan, BC
Jul 23-28Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Session 0Port Orchard, WA
Jul 25-28BC Fiddle 'TreatGavin Lake, BC
Jul 29-31Blueberry Bluegrass FestivalStony Plain, AB
Jul 29-31Coombs Bluegrass Festival
plus they have early camping July 23rd -28th
and post-festival camping Aug 1st -7th
Coombs, BC
Jul 29-31Filberg FestivalComox, BC
Jul 29-3117th Bluegrass From The Forest FestivalShelton, WA
Jul 30-Aug 05Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Session 1Port Orchard, WA
Aug 04-07PickathonHappy Valley, OR
Aug 05-07Winlock PickersfestWinlock, WA
Aug 06-12Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Session 2Port Orchard, WA
Aug 07-13BC Swing CampSorrento, BC
Aug 07-13Lady Of The Lake - Dance WeekCouer d'Alene, ID
Aug 11-13Subdued Stringband JamboreeBellingham, WA
Aug 12-14Mt St Helens Bluegrass FestivalToledo, WA
Aug 12-14Blue Waters Bluegrass FestivalMedical Lake, WA
Aug 13-19Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Session 3Port Orchard, WA
Aug 13-21Centralia OldTime Music CampoutCentralia, WA
Aug 14-19Nimblefingers Workshop - Week 1Sorrento, BC
Aug 15-21Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old TymeNess Creek, SK
Aug 18-21Salmon Arm ROOTSandBLUESSalmon Arm, BC
Aug 19-21Nimblefingers Music FestivalSorrento, BC
Aug 21-26Nimblefingers Workshop - Week 2Sorrento, BC
Aug 25-28Picking PartyRainier, WA
Aug 28-Sep 02Summer Acoustic Music In The PinesPort Orchard, WA
Sep 02-04North Cascades Bluegrass FestivalFerndale, WA
Sep 02-04Tumbleweed Music FestivalRichland, WA
Sep 02-04Zigzag Old Time Music CampoutRhododendron, OR
Sep 02-03Music On The FlyHorsefly, BC
Sep 03Perseverance Folk FestivalCumberland, BC
Sep 08-11American Banjo CampPort Orchard, WA
Sep 09-11Keremeos Bluegrass JamboreeKeremeos, BC
Sep 12-18George, Washington Bluegrass FestivalGeorge, WA
Sep 22-25Berkeley Old Time Music ConventionBerkeley, CA
Sep 23-25Tygh Valley Bluegrass JamboreeShaniko, OR
Sep 23-25Prospect Hotel Music FestivalProspect, OR
Sep 30-Oct 02Sisters Folk FestivalSisters, OR
Oct 07-09Lady Of The Lake - Fall CampCouer d'Alene, ID

Other Past Festivals - The COVID Years 2020/2021
Most of these did not happen. Dates for 2022 have not yet been confirmed by us

Feb 13-1611th Oly Old Time FestivalOlympia, WA
Feb 14-15Victoria Trad WeekendVictoria, BC
Feb 14-17Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Winter RetreatPort Orchard, WA
Feb 23-29Roche Harbor Irish Music RetreatRoche Harbor, WA
Apr 10-12Parksville JamFestParksville, BC
Apr 16-19Walker Creek Music Spring CampPetaluma, CA
Apr 22-26Mountain Fever Bluegrass CampLac Le Jeune, BC
Apr 23-2623rd Country Bluegrass JamboreeQuesnel, BC
Apr 30-May 03Weiser Bluegrass Music CampWeiser, ID
May 07-10Willamette Valley Old-Time SocialEugene, OR
May 08-10Vancouver Island Music Workshop - Spring RetreatNanoose, BC
May 14-177th Weiser Banjo CampWeiser, ID
Jul 20-24Beyond Trad Summer WorkshopParksville, BC
Aug 14-1613th Princeton Traditional Music FestivalPrinceton, BC
Sep 11-13Vancouver Island Music Workshop - Fall RetreatNanoose, BC
Nov 06-08Walker Creek Music Fall CampPetaluma, CA

Past Festivals - 2019
The dates for 2022 have not yet been confirmed by us

Jun 2916th Siskiyou Folk and Bluegrass FestivalLake Selmac, OR
Jul 22-2620th Fiddleworks Salt Spring IslandSalt Spring Island, BC
Aug 23-2512th Annual Oregon Bluegrass Assn Picker's FestRhododendron, OR
Sep 06-08Simcoe Mountain Music & Dance WeekendGoldendale, WA
Oct 18-20The Acoustic Music WorkshopCamp He Ho Ha, AB
Nov 08-10Dare To Be Square - WestFort Flagler, WA

Fossil Festivals
Possibly dead, future dates not confirmed

Nov 2017Wood Stove FestivalCumberland, BC
Mar 2018Victoria Django FestivalVictoria, BC
Jul 2018White Swan Music FestivalFraser Lake, BC
Jul 2018Bluegrass JamboreeCastlegar, BC
Aug 2018Pasture Picking and Music FestivalNorthport, WA
Aug 2019Bannock County Bluegrass FestivalPocatello, ID
Apr 2019East Van Oldtime SocialVancouver, BC
Sep 2019Gillbilly FestivalFernie, BC

Is a bluegrass (or similar) festival missing from the above lists ? If so, let me know the details and I'll add it: web@victoriabluegrass.ca