Local Bluegrass & Stuff

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Non-VBA Concerts, etc.

Saturday February 08, 2020:   Andrew Collins Trio
7:30pm at Upstairs Lounge in the Oak Bay Rec Centre. Doors and restaurant open at 6pm for dinner and drinks. Tickets: $25 advance at Eventbrite.


Regular Jams in the Victoria Area

3rd Sunday of the month 1:30 - 5 pm:   Langford Legion Bluegrass & Acoustic Jam
at Langford Legion, 761 Station Ave; Admission: free, but buy a drink or food;More info: Al Planiden 250-642-3395

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

Mondays 7 - 9:30 pm:   Spiral Groove
at the Spiral Cafe, 418 Craigflower Rd, Victoria; Admission: free, but buy a drink or food;

Mondays 7 - 10 pm:   Irish Session
at Spinnaker's Brew Pub; Not for beginners, strictly Irish in nature. Interested musicians must contact one of the hosts for information before playing in this session. Admission: free, but buy a drink or food; More info: Tasia or Nancy

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

Tuesdays 7:45 - 10 pm:     Appalachian Old-Time Jam
Victoria Bluegrass Association has a back-room available for a weekly old-time jam (except the last Tuesday of each month during Open Stage/Feature Act); at First Church of Christ, Scientist, 1205 Pandora Ave, Victoria (Right-side entrance at back of parking lot); Admission: $2/VBAmembers $3/non-VBAmembers; More info: Wendy's Old-Time Tunes List

Tuesdays 7:00 - 9:00 pm:   Victoria Mandolin Orchestra Practice
The Orchestra always welcomes new members on various instruments, guitar and bass. Intermediate level playing and music reading ability recommended; September to May; More info: Kate Cino

Wednesdays 7 - 9 pm:   Bluegrass Circle Jam
at James Bay Books; Admission: $3

Wednesdays 6:45 - 9:45 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; More info: Diane Campbell 250-652-8484

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 New (Old) Location: Wheeley Hall located in the Esquimalt United Church Building (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.

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

1st and 3rd Saturdays of the month 10am - noon:   Victoria Sacred Harp
meets at St. Philip Anglican Church, 2928 Eastdowne Road, Victoria. Sacred Harp, an early American variant of shape-note singing, is a living tradition of acapella choral singing rooted in Protestant hymnody and British folk music. It has been a major influence on American gospel, country, bluegrass, and folk musicians. All welcome, drop-in, no charge and no obligation.


Regular Gigs

1st Friday of every month - 7:30pm:   The Shady Grove Dance Band at Cobble Hill Community Hall
3550 Watson Ave. Cobble Hill, BC; Traditional Square Dance with Peter Sussman calling; Admission: $10 or by donation; Everyone 12 and over is invited to bring a partner or meet one at the hall. Comfortable clothing and shoes are recommended, and no experience is needed. More info: Peter Sussman 250-929-8226 or Kim Firth 250-597-4393

4th Sunday of every month:   Bluegrass Mass
4pm Worship (Gospel / Bluegrass / Americana / Canadiana / Folk / Roots music); 5pm Homecooked meal (come to both or either); at St. Philip Anglican Church, 2928 Eastdowne Rd, Victoria (map); All welcome, including children; More info: rob@stphilipvictoria.ca

Sundays 4 pm:   Sunday Afternoon Hootennany at Loganís Tavern
Hosted by Carolyn Mark; Admission: Free; buy something to drink-eat More info:250-360-1832


Bluegrass, Old-Time & Folk Festivals in 2020
In British Columbia, Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest

Jan 15-1921st Portland Old Time Music GatheringPortland, OR
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 20-23WintergrassBellevue, WA
Feb 23-29Roche Harbor Irish Music RetreatRoche Harbor, WA
Mar 06-0818th Bluegrass On The BeachLake Havasu, AZ
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 03Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Spring RetreatPort Orchard, WA
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 20-24Red Hot Strings WorkshopPort Townsend, WA
May 22-25Juan de Fuca Festival of the ArtsPort Angeles, WA
May 14-177th Weiser Banjo CampWeiser, ID
May 15-1716th Bluegrass From The Forest FestivalShelton, WA
May 22-2549th NorthWest Folklife FestivalSeattle, WA
May 29-3136th Islands Celtic FestivalErrington, BC
Jun 05-07Folk 'n Fiddle FestivalSidney, BC
Jun 12-1418th Kluane Mountain Bluegrass FestivalHaines Junction, YK
Jun 12-1425th Summerland Bluegrass FestivalSummerland, BC
Jun 14-1720th California Bluegrass Music CampGrass Valley, CA
Jun 19-21Cowichan Valley Bluegrass FestivalCowichan Lake, BC
Jun 19-2118th Wenatchee River Bluegrass FestivalCashmere, WA
Jun 19-2112th Campbell Bay Music FestivalMayne Island, BC
Jun 21-27Lady Of The Lake - Music and Dance WeekCouer d'Alene, ID
Jun 22-27Voiceworks - A Workshop for SingersPort Townsend, WA
Jun 22-2768th National Oldtime Fiddle Contest and FestivalWeiser, ID
Jun 28-Jul 0544th Festival Of American Fiddle Tunes
also check out the alternative Mule Barn Campsite
Port Townsend, WA
Jul 03-0520th Wheeler County Bluegrass FestivalFossil, OR
Jul 05-11Blaine Harbor Music FestivalBlaine, WA
Jul 10-1226th Vancouver Island MusicfestCourtenay, BC
Jul 10-1942nd Harrison Festival Of The ArtsHarrison Hot Springs, BC
Jul 11Chemainus Bluegrass FestivalChemainus, BC
Jul 12-18California Coast Music Camp - Week 1Placer County, CA
Jul 15-2016th Walowa Fiddle Tunes CampWalowa, OR
Jul 16-1919th Northwest String SummitNorth Plains, OR
Jul 17-18Music On The FlyHorsefly, BC
Jul 17-1943rd Vancouver Folk Music FestivalNorth Plains, OR
Jul 17-1944th Darrington Bluegrass FestivalDarrington, WA
Jul 19-25California Coast Music Camp - Week 2Placer County, CA
Jul 20-24Beyond Trad Summer WorkshopParksville, BC
Jul 23-26GorgegrassStevenson, WA
Jul 24-2636th Islands Folk FestivalDuncan, BC
Jul 24-2612th Hard Times Bluegrass FestivalHamilton, MT
Jul 25-31BC Fiddle 'TreatGavin Lake, BC
Jul 30-Aug 0222nd PickathonHappy Valley, OR
Jul 31-Aug 0242nd Coombs Bluegrass FestivalCoombs, BC
Jul 31-Aug 0235th Blueberry Bluegrass FestivalStony Plain, AB
Jul 31-Aug 0220th Winlock PickersfestWinlock, WA
Jul 31-Aug 0338th Filberg FestivalComox, BC
Aug 01-0746th Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Session 1Port Orchard, WA
Aug 07-0919th Blue Waters Bluegrass FestivalMedical Lake, WA
Aug 08-1446th Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Session 2Port Orchard, WA
Aug 08-1618th Centralia OldTime Music CampoutCentralia, WA
Aug 09-15Lady Of The Lake - Family WeekCouer d'Alene, ID
Aug 09-1520th BC Swing CampSorrento, BC
Aug 10-1415th Northern Lights Bluegrass and Old Tyme CampNess Creek, SK
Aug 13-1631st Shady Grove Bluegrass FestivalNanton, AB
Aug 14-1613th Princeton Traditional Music FestivalPrinceton, BC
Aug 15-2023rd Smithers Adult Guitar CampTelkwa, BC
Aug 15-2146th Puget Sound Guitar Workshop - Session 3Port Orchard, WA
Aug 16-2131st Nimblefingers Workshop - Week 1Sorrento, BC
Aug 20-2217th Bannock County Bluegrass FestivalPocatello, ID
Aug 22Nimblefingers Music FestivalSorrento, BC
Aug 23-2831st Nimblefingers Workshop - Week 2Sorrento, BC
Aug 30-Sep 04Summer Acoustic Music In The PinesPort Orchard, WA
Sep 04-065th North Cascades Bluegrass FestivalFerndale, WA
Sep 04-0624th Tumbleweed Music FestivalRichland, WA
Sep 10-13American Banjo CampPort Orchard, WA
Sep 11-13Vancouver Island Music Workshop - Fall RetreatNanoose, BC
Sep 11-13Sisters Folk FestivalSisters, OR
Sep 14-2014th George, Washington Bluegrass FestivalGeorge, WA
Oct 02-04Lady Of The Lake - Fall CampCouer d'Alene, ID
Nov 06-08Walker Creek Music Fall CampPetaluma, CA

Past Festivals - 2019
The dates for 2020 have not yet been confirmed by us

Apr 26-273rd East Van Oldtime SocialVancouver, BC
May 17-19Hixon Bluegrass and Country JamboreeHixon, BC
Jun 07-0916th Sacajawea Bluegrass FestivalPasco, WA
Jun 14-16Keremeos Elks Bluegrass Country JamboreeKeremeos, BC
Jun 21-2310th Susanville Bluegrass FestivalSusanville, CA
Jun 2916th Siskiyou Folk and Bluegrass FestivalLake Selmac, OR
Jul 05-078th Steamboat Mountain Music FestivalEdgewater, BC
Jul 22-2620th Fiddleworks Salt Spring IslandSalt Spring Island, BC
Aug 09-1135th Mt St Helens Bluegrass FestivalToledo, WA
Aug 22-2527th Picking PartyRainier, WA
Aug 23-2512th Annual Oregon Bluegrass Assn Picker's FestRhododendron, OR
Aug 30-Sep 02Zigzag Old Time Music CampoutRhododendron, OR
Sep 06-08Simcoe Mountain Music & Dance WeekendGoldendale, WA
Sep 13-15Keremeos Elks Bluegrass Country JamboreeKeremeos, BC
Sep 27-29Tygh Valley Bluegrass JamboreeShaniko, OR
Sep 27-294th Gillbilly FestivalFernie, BC
Sep 28-29Prospect Hotel Music FestivalProspect, OR
Oct 18-20The Acoustic Music WorkshopCamp He Ho Ha, AB
Nov 01-03Wood Stove FestivalCumberland, BC
Nov 08-10Dare To Be Square - WestFort Flagler, WA

Fossil Festivals
Possibly dead, future dates not confirmed

Mar 20187th Annual Victoria Django FestivalVictoria, BC
Jul 2018White Swan Music FestivalFraser Lake, BC
Jul 201818th Bluegrass JamboreeCastlegar, BC
Aug 2018Pasture Picking and Music FestivalNorthport, WA

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