It’s the 12th annual Brewgrass! A Bluegrass and Microbrew Celebration right here in downtown Anacortes.
Three establishments: H2O, the Rockfish Grill and the Brown Lantern Ale House will each feature some amazing bluegrass bands Friday and Saturday November 13th and 14th starting at 730 PM and going all the way til 1230 AM.
3 Clubs, 6 Bands, 51 Handles. Hot Dang!
Stay and Play for Brewgrass! at the top rated
Ship Harbor Inn
. Book your overnight accommodation and leave the driving to them! They'll shuttle you to and from Brewgrass! during the event weekend. Enjoy complimentary expanded breakfast each morning you stay.
If that aint enough, the nearby Cap Sante Inn
and Marina Inn
are offering discounts on lodging with an advance reservation. Call the Cap Sante at (360) 293-0602 or the Marina Inn at (360) 293-1100 and tell 'em you're coming to town for Brewgrass!
Here’s a look at this year’s line-up:
Rockfish: Pearly Blue 8PM
H2O: The Shed Boys 7:30PM
Brown Lantern: Hot Damn Scandal 9:30PM
Rockfish: The Duntons 8PM
H2O: Birdsview Bluegrass 7:30PM
Brown Lantern: Jackalope 9:30PM
Hot Damn Scandal
finds its songs under park benches and in forgotten alleyways. The resulting outlaw ballads, dirty jazz, circus freakouts, shanty-rags, string band funk, lonesome heart-breakers, and whiskey bottle love songs blend together in a sweet song syrup somewhere between a ramble and a roar. Sometimes called ‘Tipsy American Gypsy Blues’, Hot Damn Scandal pulls no punches and puts thunder in your molasses.
“Hot Damn scandal performs music that seems to be carved out of the broken heart of the American dream… you feel like you have heard these songs all your life. These are your favorite boots, your lucky hat, your Saturday night shirt, your old dog that disappeared after the rain” – Scott Casey
“It’s as if Django Reinhardt himself is sitting in with them, in spirit and sound” – Anna Rankin with What’s up Magazine
will lead you around Dixieland, up to good old Rocky Top Tennessee, and back down to the river to pray, all the while pushing the capabilities of bluegrass instrumentation. The band is comprised of hard driving members who sing like angels and pick like demons. Jackalope’s revivalist sound incorporates 3 part bluegrass harmonies and features guitar, mandolin, and double bass.
Jackalope’s repertoire is comprised of material drawn from Southern Gothic Mythology, Biblical imagery, and traditional bluegrass and American fiddle standards, while also incorporating songs which explore the simpler side of having a good time at the expense of good judgment. You’ll meet familiar characters like Dooley along with that old Devil, emerging from the deep to torture and tempt sinners against the backdrop of the rural backwoods. No matter what the story, Jackalope rips into it with the intensity and honesty of those who’ve lived their fair share of the good times and the bad.
play a mix of traditional and contemporary Bluegrass. They are led by lifelong bluegrass man, Jeff Blanton, on guitar, mandolin and lead vocals. He’s joined by Thom Gustafson on banjo, dobro, acoustic guitar and vocals. Thom has performed throughout the United States recording with people like Johnny Russell, David Frizzell, the Drifters and the Coasters and currently teaches at the Northwest School of Guitar. Fiddle player Tommy Wesley has played with The Ridler Brothers and The Buckaroo Blues Band among others and chip sin on mandolin, guitar and vocals. Bassist and vocalist Don Scoggins has toured up and down the coast playing everything from country to classic rock before returning to his original Bluegrass roots.
The Shed Boys
are: Ben Bauermeister, Fiddle and Vocals, Adam Rauch, Bass and Vocals, Glenn Greenwood, Guitar and Vocals and Stan Wentzel, Mandolin and Vocals.
They are specifically, an acoustic quartet, playing a mix of progressive and traditional bluegrass and folk music. They crank out an onslaught of high energy, toe tapping fun with just guitar, bass, fiddle and mandolin. The Shed Boys have performed extensively around the Seattle area for festivals, farmer's markets, weddings, private events... pretty much everywhere.
are a bluegrass based vocal group that call Anacortes home. They have received national acclaim over the years. Here's a sample of what folks have said:
"Boy, I tell you, these girls can sing, can't they!" --Ralph Stanley
"These are very talented ladies." --Tony Rice
"Don't forget their name...man oh man, great music there!" --Sam Jackson, Owner, Station Inn, Nashville
"I don't know how Milton (Harkey) happened upon these songbirds from the great northwest, but all in attendance (at Bluegrass First Class) were treated to some of the loveliest harmonies you're likely to hear anywhere...with all the beauty one's soul can absorb." --Wooville Newsletter
is a northwest group founded in 2004 that specializes in traditional bluegrass music. It’s members are veterans of many top Washington bluegrass bands. Performance credits are simply too many to name here.
Guitarist and Anacortes resident Barry Brower has been at the core of many fine groups in addition to The Fossils. He also formed the Friends of Sally Johnson in the 1980s. Barry is a bluegrass writer and historian, and was a longtime emcee of KBCS Bluegrass Ramble.
Jen Dunton is familiar to many Skagit Valley residents from her years of performing at the Rockfish Grill with the Dunton Sisters. She switches from guitar to bass in Pearly Blue but that sweet voice remains. The legendary Ralph Stanley said of her and sister Bev Dunton, "Those girls sure can sing!" She has performed with the likes of Tony Rice and Larry Rice and interviewed with major recording labels in Nashville.
Banjoist Rich Jones has been a fixture on the Northwest bluegrass scene since he was a teenager. He has played in a number of well-known bands including the Ohop Valley Boys; Within Tradition; and High and Lonesome. He has a strong, traditional approach to the banjo in the style of Earl Scruggs, plus he is an excellent lead and harmony singer. The son of a well-known Darrington musician, Earl Jones, Rich was raised with a strong background in North Carolina "Tarheel" bluegrass.
Fiddler Pete Martin is a well-known Seattle multi-instrumentalist who plays a variety of different styles of music including bluegrass, jazz, and Texas contest fiddle. He was the Adult Fiddle Champion at the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest in Weiser, Idaho. He is also a columnist for Mandolin Magazine and makes his living as a music teacher.
Mandolinist Loren Wohlgemuth had a seminal role in early Seattle bluegrass. He was a member of the Turkey Pluckers and its spinoff, Phil & Vivian Williams' Tall Timber, way back in the 1960s. He brings an exceptional voice to Pearly Blue, and an equally impressive understanding of all bluegrass vocal parts.
What They're Saying:
"Best wishes and much success. Ya got a great band there!" -- Larry Kuhn, California Bluegrass Association
"You're the real deal!" -- Keith Bowers, Whidbey Island Bluegrass Festival
"Both lead & harmony vocals fueled by the pulsating sounds of these fine instrumentalists made you take notice of "Pearly Blue" from Washington State. I found myself singing along with many of these fine classics. Everything...was "spot on."
-- Al Shusterman, KCBL Radio, Backroads Bluegrass