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    Hey all - I'm moving up from San Diego to Seattle (I'm not sure why either haha) in a few weeks and figured I'd check in to see if anyone knows the scene up there. I've got a few musician friends in the area helping - but figured I'd check on the cafe too

    I'm looking for info on
    + regular weekly / monthly jams
    + local festivals
    + local bluegrass association events and volunteer ops
    + good open mic nights (mainly good people attending)

    Housing is still not 100% but looks like Green Lake area is where I'll be for the most part.
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    Bring along that mandocello and join the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra!
    http://seattlemandolin.org
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    I've never been to the Green Lake neighborhood, but it's relatively close to the Fremont and Ballard neighborhoods, which I love. Dusty Strings is in Fremont, too, in case you need to do some mando tasting or get strings and such.

    As your buddies may have already told you, Port Townsend and the San Juan Islands are wonderful for weekend getaways. You'll also be about a 2.5-hour drive from Vancouver.

    For festivals, the only one I know about is a major high-end guitar festival. https://laconnerguitarfestival.com/ I've never gone, but there are some great names on the luthier list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrmando View Post
    Bring along that mandocello and join the Seattle Mandolin Orchestra!
    http://seattlemandolin.org
    Might be a good use for it - I honestly rarely play it these days. Thanks for the heads up
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    Northwest Folklife happens at Seattle Center every Memorial Day weekend and there's music of every imaginable kind.

    The jam session at the Maltby Community Center on the first Saturday of every month is sort of the mother of all the other bluegrass jams.

    Wintergrass is an indoor festival the last weekend in February. There are smaller outdoor bluegrass festivals around the area all summer long.
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    There used to be a few BG and oldtimey things listed in meetup.com before pandemic, but just ask at Dusty. That neighborhood, is guitar store central, Amer. Music up the road, Mike and Mike's guitar bar, Lasley also for fiddle and cellos
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    Is anyone a member of the Washington Bluegrass Association? I looked at their site and looks like there's only 2 regular things going on - 1 jam on Monday and 1 show on Wednesday by the Rank Strangers. Seems like there's a lot more than just that happening haha.
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    GO TO MALTBY. It is the key to everything.
    https://www.facebook.com/MaltbyBluegrassJam/
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    In July there’s the Columbia Gorge Bluegrass Festival in Stevenson, WA on the Columbia River. http://new.columbiagorgebluegrass.net/

    In August (and a little closer to Seattle) there’s the Centralia Campout https://www.centraliacampout.com/ No stage, no stars (‘cept at night overhead) just jamming in the park by the river for nine days.
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    The Goldendale Pickers Festival is a good one if you're mostly interested in playing music with others. It doesn't book special guest bands but there is lot's of good music made in the park. Due to Covid it's missed a couple of years but is back on this year. https://www.facebook.com/pg/goldenda...ersfest/posts/
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    Maltby has a monthly jam. Maltby is east of Seattle. Wintergrass festival at end of February. Wenatchee BG festival in June. Darrington BG festival in July. Stevenson BG festival in July. Bluegrass From the Forest BG festival in July. Toledo/WA BG Festival in August. Winlock BG festival in August. North Cascades BG festival at end of August. The Rank Strangers jam is by-invite only. It's in Olympia. There are other jams in the area. I'll see if I can find more info.

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    There is a Seattle Bluegrass Club on Facebook. I bet you can find more jam info there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by banjoboy View Post
    There is a Seattle Bluegrass Club on Facebook. I bet you can find more jam info there.
    I'm on that too . Just covering the bases for those not on Facebook.
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    Quote Originally Posted by banjoboy View Post
    Maltby has a monthly jam. Maltby is east of Seattle. Wintergrass festival at end of February. Wenatchee BG festival in June. Darrington BG festival in July. Stevenson BG festival in July. Bluegrass From the Forest BG festival in July. Toledo/WA BG Festival in August. Winlock BG festival in August. North Cascades BG festival at end of August. The Rank Strangers jam is by-invite only. It's in Olympia. There are other jams in the area. I'll see if I can find more info.
    Thanks a bunch for the details!

    I couldn't find details on the Rank Strangers jam but I feel like I've heard about that before - though I may be thinking of Conor Byrne jam which is also invite only from what I hear.
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    Hey Matt, how has your move worked out? Have you found enough music going on in the Seattle area to keep yourself busy?

    I hope it's gone well. Sorry we didn't get a chance to jam again while you were in SoCal, but maybe we'll bump into each other again at a festival.

    Best wishes to you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dhergert View Post
    Hey Matt, how has your move worked out? Have you found enough music going on in the Seattle area to keep yourself busy?

    I hope it's gone well. Sorry we didn't get a chance to jam again while you were in SoCal, but maybe we'll bump into each other again at a festival.

    Best wishes to you!
    Hey Don,

    So far, so good! Lots of great music and festivals around here. I found a few local jams I'm attending (Conor Byrne, Hidden Door from time to time, Machine Brewing) and already been to two bluegrass festivals (Wenatchee and Darrington) with plans to attend the Mount Saint Helen's coming up too.

    I hope we get to jam again sometime soon Don! I'm planning to come back to SD / Carlsbad for the South State 48 and ideally Bakersfield for the Great 48 as well. I may even make it down to Huck Finn

    I hope all is well with you too! Looking forward to seeing that metal bass again
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbruno View Post
    Hey Don,

    So far, so good! Lots of great music and festivals around here. I found a few local jams I'm attending (Conor Byrne, Hidden Door from time to time, Machine Brewing) and already been to two bluegrass festivals (Wenatchee and Darrington) with plans to attend the Mount Saint Helen's coming up too.

    I hope we get to jam again sometime soon Don! I'm planning to come back to SD / Carlsbad for the South State 48 and ideally Bakersfield for the Great 48 as well. I may even make it down to Huck Finn

    I hope all is well with you too! Looking forward to seeing that metal bass again
    Good, glad you're doing well up there...

    We're definitely planning on camping at SummerGrass in Vista August 17-22 if you're considering that (we'll be in "Electric"), and we're currently planing to go to the South State 48 for a day, not sure which day yet -- and yes, I'll be bringing the "Silver Bullet", I've just re-strung it and it's sounding pretty good.

    Looking forward to seeing and jamming with you!
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    A nice little place is the Connor Byrne Pub in Ballard. Used to be an OT jam there every Tuesday, but I am not sure it that is still going.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffD View Post
    A nice little place is the Connor Byrne Pub in Ballard. Used to be an OT jam there every Tuesday, but I am not sure it that is still going.
    I don't think there's an OT jam anymore - but the WBA bluegrass jam is going strong still. 8pm till ~1 or 2am frequently. Great group of pickers from beginners to advanced - and lots of bad bluegrass jokes.
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