Join us on May 2 for spontaneous poetry readings, samosas, a literary trivia contest with prizes, snickerdoodles, and a copy of our Declaration of Interdependence. We’ll be giving away a limited number of books for adults and kids, and Blaine Sprouse, one of the great fiddlers of our time, entertains from 1 to 4 p.m.
*SATURDAY, March 7th, 1:30 PM - Fiddle workshop with Blaine Sprouse! This is a fantastic opportunity to get small group instruction from one of the best. Registration is limited. Contact John & Kathy Clendenen right away to reserve your seat: 707-433-5274. Only $25 for current District 10 members. Spread the word!
Join us at the March jam at Hoover School for music indoors and out. Our usual format: multiple jam groups from 1-5, open-mike performances on stage in the Hoover multi-purpose room starting around 1:30 and the Beginners’ Circle slow jam from 2-3. Blaine Sprouse photo At about 3:15 we'll have a concert by well-known bluegrass fiddler Blaine Sprouse. A West Virginia native, Blaine has performed and recorded with first-generation bluegrass artists Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, The Osborne Brothers and Jim and Jesse, and legendary country artist Charlie Louvin of the Louvin Brothers. He has also recorded and performed with a number of contemporary bluegrass groups, as well as his own ensembles and solo performances. Come hear some great bluegrass! Here is the event flyer (PDF). Blaine will also teach an hour-long workshop before the concert (2:00-3:00), aimed at intermediate-level and above adults. He plans to explore traditional bluegrass fiddling as well as some great old-timey traditional Appalachian Mountain tunes, working on such aspects as improving tone, driving a fiddle rhythmically, and backup techniques in the context of a bluegrass band. For this event, jam+concert admission will be $15 for adults, and $5 for youths 17 and under (payable at the door). For those who want to attend the workshop, a limited number of combination tickets for the jam, concert and workshop will also be available for an additional $10 ($25 total for adults or $15 for youths). We hope you can join us.
Show starts at 9:00 this Friday, February 27th and there will be one hour and a half set. Seating starts at 8:30. There is a $10 cover charge. Also, the bookstore doesn’t carry refreshments but you’re welcome to bring your own libations.
Peter Rowan is a bluegrass master. His musical roots go back to Bill Monroe. He didn’t just hear Bill Monroe’s recordings – he played guitar and sang lead with Bill Monroe and the Bluegrass Boys in the mid-1960s. After stints in Earth Opera, Muleskinner, and the Marin County rock group Seatrain, he co-founded Old and in the Way with Jerry Garcia and David Grisman. Since then, he’s recorded more than 30 albums and earned six Grammy nominations and a Grammy. His classic originals include “Panama Red,” “Lonesome L.A. Cowboy,” and “Moonlight Midnight” – and he’s just released a new album, Twang An’ Groove Vol. 1, featuring high-energy live versions of traditional classics and some of Peter’s outstanding originals. “The entire band coalesces around a supple groove, suggesting a sound not unlike the Grateful Dead in full jam band motif,” says the website Country Standard Time, adding that the free form improvisation “all sounds in sync, a reflection of the band's competence and confidence.” Joining Peter tonight will be Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Nina Gerber, Blaine Sprouse, Mike Witcher, and Jeff Keana'aina. Get your tickets early – this should be a glorious musical celebration, led by a true master! Visit Peter Rowan's website
Sounds Like: Alison Krauss, Bill Monroe, The Grascals, Laurie Lewis, Lonesome River Band
Label: Rounder Records, Cumberland Records, House of Sprouse Music
Manager: House of Sprouse Music; BluegrassWest.Com
Bio: Blaine Sprouse - Fiddler
"If You’re Gonna Play In Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band)” proclaims the 1984 Billboard Hot Country Single #1 song. So who did supergroup Alabama call upon to fiddle the memorable chart topper and the entire Roll On album? Blaine Sprouse.
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“This tender recollection of fiddle great Kenny Baker is a contribution from Blaine Sprouse, himself a noted fiddler with wide experience in the bluegrass world. When I was about eight years old, I had been playing guitar for a couple of years, and was even sitting in at dances, playing at the Moose Lodge, the VFW Club and the American Legion in Martinsburg, West Virginia. It was about this time that I heard Kenny Baker play fiddle with Bill Monroe at a show in Salem, Virginia, at Lakeside Amusement Park. From the moment I heard the sweet huge, round dark warm tone that Kenny made whenever he played, I was bitten; no more guitar for this kid, it was going to be the fiddle, make it sound like Kenny, or not play at all”