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The 15th Annual George, Washington Bluegrass Festival
September 12, 2022 - September 18, 2022
|The 15th Annual George, Washington BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL happens SEPTEMBER 12-18, 2022. George, Washington’s FREE end-of-season Bluegrass Festival takes place in one of the loveliest small-town venues imaginable! The City of George and its community center, the George Community Hall, play host to this free yearly festival that features some fun Pacific Northwest bands. This ‘Pickin’ Party’ starts at a leisurely pace on Monday with campers arriving and setting up camp around the perimeter of the George Community Park. The jamming commences and really doesn’t stop until the festival is over, which means that music lovers can come any time of day or evening and enjoy listening to some home-grown Americana Roots music. Bring a lawn chair, maybe a sweater and a carload of friends! And of course if you play an instrument, BRING IT!
We’ll step it up toward the end of the week with live, on-stage performances on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday, Open Mic opportunities, and instrument workshops are also offered, all for FREE. Featured concert bands are Corral Creek, Heartbreak Pass, The Weavils, Roosevelt Road, and the Rocky Ford Band.
More details and the full schedule available on our website, https://www.
Monday 9/12 – Set up Camp, then Jam! Early Bird Camping starts at noon. DRY CAMPING ONLY. We have a LIMITED number of electrical hook-ups available at $25 for the week – see Camp Host
Tuesday 9/13 – All-day Jamming!
6 pm Hot Dog Meet & Greet at the pavilion, hosted by Terri Jones
Wednesday 9/14 –
8-9:30 – Gospel Pancake Breakfast at the pavilion, hosted by Darryl & Betty Lampinen.
Cost: either sing a gospel song or listen to one!
1-3 pm – Tour Debby Kooy’s Pottery Studio 102 Naden Ave (in back) – located one block away from the George Community Hall.
Thursday 9/15- Emcee for this weekend is Betty Lampinen (A.K.A. Olga, A.K.A. Ella Dean…you never know!)
1-2 pm – George Elementary School Students’ Field Trip/Open Mic Onstage
2 pm – Bands Workshop – Stage Presents: What To Do Between Songs, led by Ron Taylor of Corral Creek. Ron shares his ideas to help keep the audience engaged with your performance, how to develop stories, and even how to make mistakes work. He’ll let you know what should (and should not be) said during a performance. He might have a few good jokes. Just good, basic ideas for stepping up your on-stage game.
4 pm – Open Mic on stage (sign-up required)
5 pm – Open Mic on stage (sign-up required)
6 pm – All-Camp Potluck at the Pavilion
Fri. 9/16 –
Noon – Open Mic on outdoor stage (sign-up required)
1 pm – Open Mic on outdoor stage (sign-up required)
2 pm – Rocky Ford Band on outdoor stage
3 pm – Roosevelt Road on outdoor stage
4 pm – Heartbreak Pass on outdoor stage
5 pm – Open Mic with Joe Fox and Harland Eastwood on stage
7 pm – Home-made Pie & Ice Cream Social – front porch patio at the Community Hall
8:00 pm – Open Mic onstage at the GCH Concert Room (sign-up required)
10 am – Banjo Learn ‘n Share* at Jam Circle on GCH porch
– Bass Workshop Led by Bonnie Bliss, downstairs at the George Community Hall (use elevator)
– Mandolin Workshop Led by Randy Engle, upstairs at the George Community Hall
11 am – Guitar Workshop Led by Stan Hall at the Jam Circle on GCH porch
– Dobro Learn ‘n Share* Downstairs at the George Community Hall
– Fiddle Learn ‘n Share* Upstairs at the George Community Hall
Noon until 2:00 – Open Mic on outdoor stage (sign-up required)
2:45 – Roosevelt Road on outdoor stage
4 pm – Corral Creek on outdoor stage
5 pm – The Weavils on outdoor stage
7:30 pm – Heartbreak Pass onstage at the GCH Concert Room
8:45 pm – Corral Creek onstage at the GCH Concert Room
Sun. 9/18 –
9:30 am Gospel set by Corral Creek upstairs at the George Community Hall
10:30 am All-Camp Bluegrass Gospel Farewell JAM upstairs at the George Community Hall
*What is a “Learn-And-Share”? Based on the idea that we all have something to learn from each other, we decided that instead of a formal workshop taught by an expert, we will designate a time and location for grouped instruments, where players of any level of expertise can get peer instruction and advice on new riffs, chords or songs. It’s simple: share what you know, and learn something new with others who play the same instrument as you!