If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend, February 20th – 23rd, you won’t want to miss the 27th annual Wintergrass Music Festival, in Bellevue. Our repeat guest joined us, Wendy Tyner publicity director for the festival, and long time attendee and performer, Dave Keenan with the Downtown Mountain Boys band, and The Buckaroosters. You don’t have to be a bluegrass music fan to appreciate this four day event!
Taking over the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue, The Wintergrass festival, is more than a line up of amazing, Grammy winning artists. More than 325 volunteers come together to prepare for the 12,000 expected attendees, vendors, and a 29 band line up! Offering a truly unique diversity of music such as Blue Grass, Country, and Jazz – this year’s theme focusing on “Bluegrass Without Borders”.
Wendy and her team are truly passionate about educating people on everything that goes into the event. Celebrating their 11th year in Bellevue, they estimate to bring in over 3 million dollars supporting local Eastside businesses! Over 150 performers travel from all over some as far as Italy, and Argentina.
As someone who attended the event last year, I can attest there’s plenty to do, and see. You can buy a full day pass, or a day pass bouncing in and out of each room listening to intimate live shows, or stumbling on artists coming together for a spontaneous jam session. Aside from the numerous musical activities they have some amazing booths, and workshops available. Check out the history of making instruments, or sit in on how to collaborate song writing. For a full list of workshops check out their website.
Getting kids tuned in to music at a young age is one of the areas the Wintergrass Festival love to focus on. Dave Keenan started at a young age, growing up in a musical family and continues to teach his passion of music to all ages. The Wintergrass Festival offers so many great programs for kids, ranging in ages from 4 up to teenagers. Their “Pintgrass” program is for kids ages 4 to 6 who are being introduced to music. Students get to play with a variety of instruments and learn the basics of rhythm, singing, and playing in a group, in an active, safe environment. Parents can register early online for individual classes, or purchase a youth academy package – designed for students who wish to participate in both the Youth Academy and Youth Orchestra.
I can’t say this enough – check out this festival! For more information on the daily event activities, purchasing tickets, or how you can contribute and donate, you can visit their website. Follow them on Facebook for updated photo’s, and additional band information.