Mark your calendars for the 2019 Las Vegas Bluegrass Festival! March 23, 2019
All are welcome to attend this free event, with a full day of music and fun featuring some of the best bluegrass and Americana bands you’ll find anywhere! Browse a wide array of folk art, jewelry and other items in the craft marketplace and kids of all ages will love the many fun activities and games planned just for them. Enjoy refreshments, tasty food, BBQ and beer available for purchase. This event is lawn seating, so please bring your back lawn chairs and/or blankets for your seating comfort.
Music performances by:
Hailing from Siler City, North Carolina, Nu-Blu’s heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn’s caramel-coated soprano is one of the band’s defining traits, at times a tender lullaby, at times a freight train headed straight for you, but always unwinding a surprising tale. Daniel is the group’s backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who also handles band management. Zach McCracken on banjo, and Justin Harrison on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet’s warm layered, American roots sound that builds to a full country sound. Together they deliver upbeat, blazing-fingers pick work just as well as gentle, heartwarming ballads, and they do it all with a natural togetherness.
Performance Time: 1 p.m. Meet & Greet: 6:25 p.m. Band Members: Carolyn Routh (vocals, bass); Daniel Routh (guitar, vocals); Zach McCracken (banjo); Justin Harrison (fiddle, mandolin)
Full of energy and surprise, wit and subtlety, Twisted Pine has quickly become one of the most acclaimed young string bands in the Northeast. Audiences across the US and UK have been drawn to their forthright songwriting, lush harmonies and musical daring. In its early days, Twisted Pine hewed pretty close to its bluegrass origins, but overtime the quartet has developed a unique, infectious style without limits. Moving beyond the standard verse-chorus-solo structure of traditional string bands, Twisted Pine is a multi-layered ensemble that brings the enveloping sound and pop hooks of indie music to an acoustic instrumental setting.
Performance Time: 2 p.m. Meet & Greet: 3:15 p.m. Band Members: Rachel Sumner (guitar, vocals); Kathleen Parks (fiddle, vocals); Dan Bui (mandolin); Chris Sartori (bass).
The Hot Club of Cowtown
Since its beginnings in the late 1990s, the Hot Club of Cowtown’s star has continued to rise, as its reputation for jaw-dropping virtuosity and unforgettable live shows has become the band’s global brand. Lauded for its down-home melodies and exuberant improvisation, the Hot Club has always woven a combination of seemingly disparate styles together to its own magical effect, setting up camp at that crossroads where country meets jazz and chases the blues away. For more information on this band, visit www.hotclubofcowtown.com.
Performance Time: 3:30 p.m. Meet & Greet: 5 p.m. Band Members: Elana James (fiddle, vocals); Whit Smith (guitar, vocals); Jake Erwin (bass, vocals).
Bumper Jacksons are hot and sweet, painting America's story from the streets of New Orleans to Appalachian hollers. Unafraid to scrap together new sounds from forgotten 78's, the Bumper Jacksons elegantly balance paying homage to the traditions while fashioning their own unique, playful style. Honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic's "Artist of the Year" and "Best Traditional Band" at the Washington Area Music Awards, Bumper Jacksons are bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America. Their music will bring you to the center of the party where everyone is invited and the dance floor never sleeps. For more information, visit www.bumperjacksons.com.
Performance Time: 5 p.m. Meet & Greet: 6:30 p.m. Band Members: Jess Eliot Myhre (vocals, clarinet, washboard); Chris Ousley (vocals, guitars, banjo); Alex Lacquement (upright bass, vocals); Dan Samuels (drums, percussion); Dave ‘Duckpin” Hadley (pedal steel); Joseph Brotherton (trumpet, vocals).
The Quebe Sisters
When the Quebe Sisters from Texas take a stage, and the triple-threat fiddle champions start playing and singing in multi-part close harmony, audiences are usually transfixed, then blown away. It’s partly because the trio’s vocal and instrumental performances are authentic all-Americana, all the time, respectful of the artists that inspired them the most. And whether the Quebes are decked out in denims and boots or fashionably dressed to the nines in makeup, skirts and heels, the fresh-faced, clean-cut sisters, all in their 20s, look as good as they sound. Not surprisingly, the Quebe Sisters win standing ovations at just about every show. For more information, visit www.quebesisters.com.
Performance Time: 6:45 p.m. Meet & Greet: 8 p.m. Band Members: Hulda Quebe, Grace Quebe, Sophia Quebe
Out of the Desert
This Las Vegas based band offers smooth and powerful harmonies that are a signature of their performances. They have become a southwest favorite! Bringing traditional bluegrass, gospel, Celtic and newgrass material to a new level, they are a band that is comprised of talented lifelong players who truly love what they do, and it shows. This group is fun, polished and energetic. With three-part vocals and award-winning instrumentalists, they are simply one of the best in West.
Performance Time: 1:45 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Band Members: Rick Seligman (fiddle); Mark Sanders (banjo, vocals); John Lundmark (guitars, vocals); Brian Burns (bass, vocals)
Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music Society
Curious about bluegrass music and the instruments that produce its infectious and lonesome sound? Unlike mainstream county music, bluegrass is traditionally played on five acoustic string instruments, the fiddle, five-string banjo, guitar, mandolin and upright bass. Visit the SNBMS Instrument Petting Zoo to discover these instruments and the history of this distinct musical art form.
Food Vendors & Trucks
Craft Market Vendors & Artisans
Upcycle dba Boozabilla, Sweetrock Spa, JD Monkey & Company, Bright Shiny Objects, Selenite Moon, Day After Designz, Designs by Tina, KarmaDNA, Craftsbygerri, Nevada Falun Dafa Association, Centennial Hills YMCA, Paparazzi Accessories, Doty Originals
This festival program is supported, in part, with funds provided by the National Endowment of the Arts, a federal agency, and the Nevada Arts Council, a state agency.