Day 10 - Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival

Published: August 31st 2009
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Day 10 - Saturday

7am - Uncle Howard and I made an early start to reach the Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival down near the border of Washington and Oregan. Basically head south and turn East just before you hit Portland. It was a smooth drive and very pretty as we headed inland through the Columbia Gorge, passing the Bonneville Dam along the way.

We arrived at our Motel about 10am and went straight to the festival grounds after that, which were about 2 minutes drive away. This was my first bluegrass festival in the USA! It was as I expected, a large field full of tents, caravans and RV's. The main stage was held in a large open air barn type thing which was good to let the air through during the hot day. It would be a couple of hours before the bands started, so we walked around to the various workshops the artists were holding.

The atmosphere was very relaxed in the gorgeous setting. After the workshops we watched a small competition of bluegrass instruments. They were mainly kids, but they were great on their respective instruments, especially the fiddle.

Some highlights:
Got to see
On the RoadOn the RoadOn the Road

Mostly freeway driving
guitar legend David Grier at his workshop as well as his performance on stage with Mike Compton
Prairie Flyer - Hadn't heard of them before, but they were a great band and really nice fellas
The Quebe Sisters - These were 3 sisters from Texas and had amazing voices and all played fiddles amazingly.
Infamous Stringdusters - I had heard of them before, so was great to hear them live. They were a mix of traditional and progressive bluegrass. They had a great groove and stage presence.

I think Uncle Howard enjoyed the music as well and I think I may have "converted" him to Bluegrass.

We went to the local Pizza joint for dinner before catching the headline acts in the evening. The crowd was really getting into it in the end and a lot people were dancing in the sidelines.

The Infamous Stringdusters put on a great show, getting David Grier and Mike Compton up on stage for an all-star jam at the end.

We made our way back to the Motel at the end of a long but very enjoyable day. We slept well that night!

Additional photos below
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Hitting the mountainsHitting the mountains
Hitting the mountains

It was very pretty as we entered the Columbia Gorge area
The Festival SiteThe Festival Site
The Festival Site

You can see a bit of the campgrounds
Rodeway InnRodeway Inn
Rodeway Inn

Arriving at the Motel. We were very fortunate to get a place.
Beautiful locationBeautiful location
Beautiful location

Here's me getting ready to do some fiddling

David Grier holding a guitar workshop
Mike ComptonMike Compton
Mike Compton

Mandolin great holding his workshop
Fiddle CompetitionFiddle Competition
Fiddle Competition

Some of the young kids were great players
Andy FalcoAndy Falco
Andy Falco

Guitar workshop with Andy Falco from Infamous Stringdusters
Chris PandolfiChris Pandolfi
Chris Pandolfi

Banjo Player from Infamous Stringudusters
Dobro WorkshopDobro Workshop
Dobro Workshop

Andy Hall from Infamous Stringdusters
Jeremy GarrettJeremy Garrett
Jeremy Garrett

Fiddler from Infamous Stringdusters. Great fiddler!
Hotdogs for lunchHotdogs for lunch
Hotdogs for lunch

We're in America now, so let's have a hot dog.
RV CentralRV Central
RV Central

Some of the RV's on display, only the cost of a small house.

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