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Jun-20-2005, 5:42pm
Now that were making the turn into Summer the music festival scene should be kicking into high gear. I went to my first of season last weekend at the Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival in Cashmere, Washington. They had a great line-up year and I was able to see two of my mandolin heroes - Ben Winship and John Reischman.

So let's get busy posting some mando-related photo's from this summer's festival and I'll kick it off with this one of Ben Winship picking his Heiden F-5 with the Growling Old Men.

Jun-20-2005, 5:45pm
My, that one was a bit larger than I'd anticipated! #Here's another of Ben playing the octave mandolin. #Not sure who the maker was, I didn't get around to asking him.

By the way, Growling Old Men (Ben Winship & John Lowell) have a fine new CD out called Occupational Hazards. #It's a great collection of songs and you get a good chance to hear this cool octave mando on many of the cuts.

Jun-20-2005, 5:49pm
John Reischman & The Jaybirds were outstanding! #Hard to believe, but I think they've gotten even tighter as a band. #I saw John actually break a string during the set, that was a first for me and I asked him if that happened very much and he said no. #It was fairly cold that evening (hence the stylish jackets!) and that may had something to do with it. #I talked to Jim Nunally for quite a bit and they were using Octava condenser mic's for instruments - sounded really nice. John has really become quite the vocalist...

Jun-24-2005, 2:44pm
Texas Swing Kings with Paul Glasse

Jun-28-2005, 10:55am

Seems like either nobody is going to festivals or nobody is taking a camera!

Jun-28-2005, 11:51am
I've got about 200 pix from Bean Blossom, but been having trouble getting em off my card. I'll up some when I get them off the card and edited to a smaller size.

Jun-29-2005, 8:26am
Not one for taking pictures, but did have the camera with me when I saw Tim O'Brien down in Corydon, Indiana this last Saturday. #Tim did a free concert with Bryan Sutton, Dennis Crouch, and Stuart Duncan. #I believe he had performed the day before up in Owensboro, Kentucky at the IBMA River Romp. #

One highlight was that I saw fellow Cafe/Co-Mando member Jeff Alexander from Louisville at the concert. #Always nice to see someone you know when you're more than 90 miles from home.


Jul-01-2005, 10:32pm
some Bean Blossom 2005 Pics (June 13th)

Ashby Frank with Marty Rabon band (Randy Wood)

Darrel Webb with Wildfire Band (Hutto)

Jeremey Chapman with the Chapmans (Sam Bush)

Jul-01-2005, 10:40pm
Some more Bean Blossom pics (June 11th - 1st Day)

Mickey Boles of 1946 Band

The Darlin Boys (no mandos but a classic Darlin Boys slack jaw pose)

IIIrd Tyme Out

Jul-01-2005, 10:55pm
Bean Blossom June 16th

Michael Feagan and John Rigsby with Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain

Shayne Bartley with Karl Shiflett and Big Country

Bobby Osborne

Jul-01-2005, 11:00pm
Bean Blossom on June 17th

Kevin Prather with the James King Band (some of the best harmonies around)

Dwight McCall with J.D. Crowe and New South

John Rigsby again with Melvin Goins

Jul-02-2005, 5:34pm
Great pictures Scott, thanks!!

Skip Kelley
Jul-02-2005, 8:03pm
Thanks for the pics! Nice job!!

Jul-02-2005, 8:45pm
Those are some fantastic pictures! #I really like the instrument mic clips that attach directly to the vocal mic stand.

Jul-02-2005, 10:01pm
Great pics, Scot. Wish I could have been out there more than just the two Saturdays.


Jul-05-2005, 11:49am
Eddie Adcock and his crew has the sound thing down. Great sound all week.

Darren Kern
Jul-05-2005, 11:58am
Here's a (really bad, sorry) pic of the Del McCoury Band this past Saturday night. #Ronnie is da man!! Note the fill-in bass player. We're gonna miss you, Mike Bub!!

Darren Kern
Jul-05-2005, 12:01pm
Del and Ricky Skaggs in a duet. They sounded great. I don't hear too many people talking about Ricky's mandolin playing these days, but man- he can rip it up!!

mad dawg
Jul-05-2005, 12:07pm
Great pics -- I especially like the Darlin Boys slackjaw pic, and Bobby Osborne sure looks like he is having a blast!

Michael H Geimer
Jul-05-2005, 12:42pm
Hmmm. Lot's of stage shots.

Now, I didn't make it to the Main Stage much at Strawberry ... but I came a whole week early just to hang out and pick in the Sierras. So, how 'bout a campground shot for some variety?

Craig (seen here on guitar) is one of favorite players. He is one heck of a Dobro player, and once the festival proper starts ... he'll go off and jam in circles that are *way* over my head.

I like these sort of casual breakfast jams myself.

- Benig

Jackie Walters
Jul-05-2005, 7:39pm
Nice to see these pictures..I was just up at Nirvana, Michigan to see The Chapmans. My girlfriends and I had the honor of cooking for The Chapmans after their first show! We thru some dandy steaks on the grill and invited them on over. I brought my Silver Angel made by Laura..and Jeremy played it and gave her a thumbs up! I have some pictures..I'll download when my friend gets the camera over here...What a nice bunch of guys..their Dad is a gem too. Keep the pictures coming...

Jul-06-2005, 7:58am
Good to see all the pics.

Some good lookin mandolins out there for sure.

Jul-06-2005, 9:20am
Benig - great to see some shots of folks jammin', let's have some more!

Jul-06-2005, 9:28am
...so with that being said, here's another one from the Wenatchee River festival. #This was a really cool jam I listened to for awhiles. #From left to right - Chad Fadeley on mandolin, unknown on banjo, John Lowell on guitar, Ben Winship on mando (obscured), unknown on bass and Greg Spatz (obscured) on the fiddle.

What I liked about this jam was that folks were playing a really nice (read lower) volume level. #This is going to be my mantra for this year's summer jammin' !

Fred Keller
Jul-06-2005, 7:31pm
Well, it isn't a festival but it was a July 4th concert we did at a cool amphitheater on Minneapolis' Lake Harriet. We have done a couple bluegrass fests this year and have 3 or 4 more to go, but this is the only event we have pics from http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif .


Let me know if this doesn't work or if there are any problems.


Darren Kern
Jul-06-2005, 9:22pm
Fred, I like the pics, cool look you guys have going on with the hats and stuff http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

Jul-07-2005, 11:07am
That's a pretty impressive stage!

Jul-07-2005, 12:47pm
The Whistlepigs... great name.

Joe F
Jul-07-2005, 1:35pm
I was planning to come and hear you guys at Lake Harriet, but other family plans took precedence. #Ditto for your weekend gig at Dulono's. #Looks like it was a lot of fun.

Fred Keller
Jul-07-2005, 5:17pm
Thanks very much for all the positive comments, folks. Very much appreciated by this oh-so-self-conscious band <g>.

Re the hats--we can't decide on a "band look" so our look has come to be anything that more or less goes with our hats http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif .

The name does get us some attention. Up here, nobody knows what it means--it must be more of a southern expression. We get a lot of questions and, from that, a lot of great crowd interaction. Makes the whole thing that much more fun.

Yeah, that stage is enormous. It's called The Lake Harriet Bandshell and the night before, they had an orchestra there. It's a freebie gig, but you can't beat the experience or the size of the audience on a nice, warm summer evening. We got very lucky on all accounts and, even if I do say so, I believe we acquitted ourselves admirably.

Joe--don't sweat it. You'll have more chances

Thanks for peeking at our pics--I didn't mean to turn this thread into a Q&A about my band--apologies if I seem too self-serving--so I'll mosey.


Jul-11-2005, 8:08am
A couple of shots from the Bitterroot Festival in Hamilton, Montana this past weekend. Kane's River re-union, or, as David Thompson put it: "The headwaters of Kane's River".

From left to right: Nancy Padilla-fiddle, Jason Thomas-fiddle, Fred Frank-mandolin, Ben Winship-mandolin, David Thompson-bass, John Lowell-guitar, Joe Rockafellow-banjo, Julie Elkins-banjo.

Jul-11-2005, 8:10am
Here's Ben Winship and me--trying not to look at each other.

Ben is the cool one with the shades.

Jul-11-2005, 8:42am
Being the shameless self-promoter that I am, I've got to post one from the Compton/Grier concert I organized. Not quite a festival, but it was very festive. An act that would have thrived on vaudeville.


Jul-11-2005, 2:41pm
Fred - you are the man!

Darrington is this weekend - should get some good shots!!

Jul-17-2005, 6:03pm
Darrrrington! The view from the stage.

Jul-17-2005, 6:41pm
Knaughty Pine at Darington. My buddy Nolan on the mando.

Jul-18-2005, 9:53am
Nice to see a few pic's from Darrington!

Okay, here's one of fellow cafe member Tim Saxton with his band playing on the open mic on Saturday morning. #Tim was playing a Bill Monroe <grins> model Eastman, which sounded wonderful on mic. #He is a pretty good singer too!

Jul-18-2005, 9:57am
Here's another of Alan Perdue playing with IIIrd Tyme Out. #I talked to him after the show and he told me he was playing a protoype (serial #1) Gibson Master Model. #I believe he had this baby up for sale on the classified ad's a while back. #I asked him why he wanted to sell it and he said he had just bought a convenience store and might be in need of cash. #Hey Ray, give that boy a raise!

Jul-18-2005, 10:07am
All right, one more. #Here's a gratuitous mandolin photo. #This is my friend Jason Parker's blonde Heiden F-5. #You don't see too many blondies and I had a chance to get a nice close up when were were picking during the Friday afternoon downpour.

For those unfamiliar, the Darrington Bluegrass Festival is sort of the granddaddy of bluegrass festivals in the Pacific Northwest. This was their 29th year and past festivals have featured luminaries such as Bill Monroe, Jim & Jesse and the finest regional and local bluegrass bands. #It has also become quite a "pickers festival" with jamming 7 by 24. #I dropped my rig on Saturday prior and came up on Tuesday to find the campground about 3/4 full.

Plenty of great bands and lots and lots of mandolins. #Got to play a superb new F-4 from Rob Schnieder, wish I had my camera. #Any way, here's Jason's beauty...

caddy jim
Jul-20-2005, 6:57pm
love the pics, thanks to one and all with the camera's. the octave ben winship is playing is absolutely beautiful, a joy to see. what's the make? thanks again.

Jul-21-2005, 8:41am
The octave ben winship is playing is absolutely beautiful, a joy to see. what's the make? thanks again.
You know, I never got around to asking him.

Fred - do you know?

greg boyd
Jul-21-2005, 1:21pm
re: Wenatchee Festival.

The unknown personnel in photo are:

Fred Kellner on bass.
Larry Gangi on banjo.

- Greg Boyd
House of Fine Instruments
311 Knowles St
Missoula, MT 59801

Jul-21-2005, 6:57pm
The Octave that Ben is playing at Cashmere is a Fletcher Brock, just like mine. Ben is always copying me.......:)


Jul-22-2005, 9:28am
Yeah baby, I thought it might be a Brock - I gotta get me one of those!

Thanks for filling in the blanks Greg!

Gail Hester
Jul-23-2005, 1:33am
Gail took this one of me today at the "Bite Of Seattle".


Jul-24-2005, 12:44am
How about pics from my house concert featuring the Two High String Band from Austin TX. #Played for a packed backyard here in Seattle last night and a great time was had by all.

Brian Smith on the guitar and Billy Bright on the Gilchrist

Chojo from the Waybacks sitting in on fiddle

Another great pic

Jul-25-2005, 11:19pm
Now that's a backyard party!

Jul-25-2005, 11:26pm
Well, this really has nothing to do with Summer festivals, but I'm hoping to move to this neighborhood soon...

Aug-05-2005, 9:14am

Isn't anyone going to any festivals?

Coy Wylie
Aug-05-2005, 11:08am
Winfield is just a few weeks away!

Aug-05-2005, 11:20am
I had a great time last weekend at Rockygrass. The place was overrrun with mando players; Andy Statman, Sam Bush, Tim O'Brien, Drew Emmitt, Ronnie McCoury, Ricky Skaggs and others. The only photo I took though was of this guitar picker.

Aug-05-2005, 2:31pm
the guitar picker you photographed looks like doc watson

Aug-05-2005, 3:16pm
I thought that was THE guitar picker, not just a guitar picker.

Aug-05-2005, 3:21pm
Doc Watson is deity.

Aug-05-2005, 7:01pm

Isn't anyone going to any festivals?

Grand Targhee next weekend Pete, why don't you give tickets to that away on the Ramble?http://www.mandolincafe.net/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/rock.gif???


Jim Roberts
Aug-05-2005, 8:00pm
I've got two tickets to Grand Targhee w/camping passes available. #Let me know if you're interested. #Family matters dictate a "no go" for me to Targhee which is a bummer but gotta take care of the folks.

Aug-06-2005, 9:54am
I wish I could!

BTW - who is playing at Grand Targhee this year?

Chris Baird
Aug-06-2005, 7:43pm
I had a great time at Rockygrass myself. #I met alot of great pickers, Sharon Gilchrist, Matt Flinner, Andy Statman, Ronnie McCoury. The greatest moment however, was when Doc Watson sat down on a couch right next to me! I didn't have the guts to say anything but I'll never forget just being in his presence. He has to be one of the finest musicians to ever grace this silly ole earth.

Happy pickin'

Aug-07-2005, 9:59am
BTW - who is playing at Grand Targhee this year?
Man, that Mandopete sure is one lazy dude - found it right here on the ol' www...

Sounds like a good 'un! #Somebody take some pictures!!

Friday 8/12/05 # #
4:00 PM #Hit and Run Bluegrass #
6:00 PM #Waybacks
8:00 PM #Drew Emmit Band #
Saturday 8/13/05 # #
12:00 PM Anne & Pete Sibley #
1:30 PM #Growling Old Men #
3:00 PM #Darol Anger/Mike Marshall #
4:30 PM #The Wilders #
6:00 PM #Drew Emmitt Band #
8:00 PM #Sam Bush Band - Teton Thunderpluck #
Sunday 8/14/05 # #
10:00 AM Weber Mandolin Contest (Plaza area)
11:00 AM Gibson Guitar Contest (Plaza area) #
12:00 PM #The Wilders #
1:30 PM #Chris Stuart and Backcountry #
3:00 PM #Darol Anger/Mike Marshall #
4:30 PM #Old School Freight Train #
5:30 PM #David Grisman/Old School Freight Train

Aug-07-2005, 8:06pm
For anyone who makes it to Grand Targhee, be sure to check out the Wilders. They can play and they certainly know how to entertain the crowd.

Chris Baird
Aug-07-2005, 8:25pm
I'll second that! I've seen the Wilders twice and they can throw down the fiddle tunes like no one else. I've not seen anyone work the "one" mic setup as well as them. There is some impressive choreography going on. They've got some good originals too; fast honkytonk stuff.

Scotti Adams
Aug-15-2005, 9:29am
..okay..here we are this past weekend at a fester in Friendship Indiana

Scotti Adams
Aug-15-2005, 9:31am

Scotti Adams
Aug-15-2005, 9:34am
..that was the first time The Rose had been played over a mic...everybody said she sounded real good...I thought so too....Heres Danny Roberts of The Grascals..they were there also..they put on a fine show....man was it hot tho..

Aug-15-2005, 10:32am
Awesome Scotti.

You all got the right idea with the T-Shirts (esp white). Them Grascals must have been sweating like crazy.

We were planning on coming down to hear ya'll but I got called to Detroit for an ER; didn't get back til Sunday.

Maybe next time; haven't been to Friendship since I was about 14.


Scotti Adams
Aug-15-2005, 1:25pm
..yea...it was HOTT...how them boyz wore them long sleeved shirts..I'll never know......I thought at one point I actually sen a tree chasing a dog...it was just that hot.

Aug-16-2005, 9:24am
Looks like they used paper plates to number the mics!

Where are all of the festival pictures?

travers chandler
Aug-18-2005, 8:54am

Aug-19-2005, 9:29am
Man, I've seen that [<span style='color:red'>X</span>] somewhere before!


Aug-19-2005, 10:42am
Parker playing a "little bass"

Aug-19-2005, 7:24pm
That's awesome! He really looks like he knows what he's doin! Go Parker!

Philip Halcomb
Aug-19-2005, 8:00pm
Not quite a festival, but a Frank Wakefield show, I'm the guy at the mic on the left. I believe we were rippin' up East Tennessee Blues at the time...

Scotti Adams
Aug-29-2005, 8:48am
..heres a few pics of the band and I this past weekend at the Annual Heritage Days festival in Mason, Ohio.

Scotti Adams
Aug-29-2005, 8:51am

Scotti Adams
Aug-29-2005, 8:52am
..Marty Stuart and myself

Scotti Adams
Aug-29-2005, 8:56am
Marty and my Rose....he said it was a fine, fine mando..couldnt believe it was only a couple of months old....it wasnt long after this shot that he swiped my Roo strap...I told him he could have it on one condition...The next time I seen him playing mando on the Opry that he would have it on..he said its a deal...Thats probably as close to being on stage at the Opry I will ever get

Aug-29-2005, 9:03am
You rock Scotti. And the roo is in good hands.

Scotti Adams
Aug-29-2005, 9:11am
Ive got a funny story about last weekend...this slightly tipsy gentleman came up to me right before our sound check...he says...Ive seen you some place before...I said yea..Im Martys bus driver....really he says....I said yea..I drive when Marty dosent drive...told him Marty was not above driving ya know...this guy was eating it up....He asked me what my name was....now keep in mind alot of people standing around listening to this conversation..I told him my name was Bill Monroe...everybody around me either spit out what they were drinking..or doubled over in laughter...and they all split..they couldnt stand it any longer....finally it was just he and I standing there....hes said Hot Damn...Ive heard of you Bill....lol....the whole time we were on stage and I would take a break he would hoop and holler..yelling out git her done Bill...on of the funniest things I have ever seen.

Aug-29-2005, 9:50am
That's a good one Scotti!

I had a similar esperience a couple of years back at the Darrington Bluegrass Festival. #I was up at the concession stand ordering a hamburger and the gal asked for name. #I said "Bill Monroe" as a joke and she just wrote it down like it was nothing big.

A few minutes later when the food was ready she yells out, "order up for Bill Monroe!" and you should have seen the crowd around the stand.

I think they need to fill these folks in!

Aug-31-2005, 6:04pm
Dang, looks like I went to the wrong jam session...

Jim Hilburn
Sep-01-2005, 10:58am
My guess is that no PA was nessesary.

Sep-01-2005, 11:46am

Lane Pryce
Sep-01-2005, 12:44pm
Dang, looks like I went to the wrong jam session...
Naw you didn't thats you wearing the cool brim!! Lp

Sep-02-2005, 10:24am
How did you guess?

Sep-03-2005, 11:13am
My favorite band, at Mandolin Farm Bluegrass Festival in Flemingsburg, KY last night.

A new festival with a lot of talent in the lineup. A somewhat unusual occurrence these days, as it seems many promoters are content to serve up junk.

Sep-03-2005, 11:18am
My favorite banjo player, a class act consistently representing the best of bluegrass music, and an all around great guy... my friend, Sammy Shelor...

Sep-03-2005, 11:21am
A band that was new to me, another great performance at Mandolin Farm last night, the Cherryholmes.

Sep-04-2005, 10:43am
Last night in Wilmore, Kentucky at the J. D. Crowe Festival...
Sam Bush

John in T-ride
Sep-05-2005, 11:37am
Ronnie and Del in Pagosa

John in T-ride
Sep-05-2005, 11:43am
Did Ronnie trade in the Gil on a Loar?

John in T-ride
Sep-05-2005, 11:58am
Jason Carter and Ronnie McCoury

Chris Baird
Sep-05-2005, 1:36pm
Yep, looks like his loar is on active duty. So... How did it sound? His Gil is such a cutting instrument and I always thought perfect to go with that McCoury voice.

Sep-05-2005, 5:45pm
How do I post pictures? I have some from Andrews BG Festival I'd like to share...Bill Myrick (used to play with Bill Monroe), Triple L, etc. What do I do?

Sep-05-2005, 9:36pm
midwest fest 05
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Sep-05-2005, 9:37pm
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Sep-05-2005, 9:45pm
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Chris Baird
Sep-05-2005, 10:09pm
Nice pics, it is always an exciting thing to watch Bryn man handle her bass.

Sep-05-2005, 10:20pm
Is Josh picking a Loar in that picture?

Jim Roberts
Sep-06-2005, 8:16am
Right on Chris! #It's always nice to see bluegrass bands with an upright bass in the mix. #I can't believe how many bluegrass bands today have electric basses instead of the real deal. #What's next, electric guitars? #

Hope to post some pictures from Winfield next week!

Sep-06-2005, 5:00pm
As I understand...Ronnie didn't do any trading for that Loar...he still has his Gilchrists.

Sep-08-2005, 7:22pm
I think the mandolin Josh is picking there is a Red Diamond.