Workshops 2018GorgeGrass 2018
July 26th – 29th
GorgeGrass, held in beautiful Stevenson Washington, features incredible bands, workshops, electric and dry camping, and much more. Tickets are now available!
Check out our current workshop schedule for the 2018 Festival.
Take a look at some of our 2018 bands, stay tuned for the rest of our lineup…
MICHAEL CLEVELAND & FLAMEKEEPER website
Michael Cleveland is one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation and, with ten International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fiddle Player of the Year awards under his belt, he is the most awarded and celebrated fiddler in the history of the music. Cleveland plays with so much fire, drive and virtuosity that audiences are often left shaking their heads in amazement. Together with his band Flamekeeper (four-time IBMA Instrumental Band of the Year Award winners) Cleveland delivers some of the most powerful, exciting and authentic bluegrass you can find.
The Atlanta Times gets down to the brass tacks of it; “Cleveland is as versatile as they come, but when it comes to straight-up bluegrass, whether it’s a ‘bootstomper’ or a high-and-lonesome lament, his peers are few and far between.” Clearly, this fiery fiddler’s story is just beginning and Michael Cleveland and Flamekeepers’s future preserving and innovating the bluegrass tradition has never been brighter.
THE PURPLE HULLS website
Identical twins Katy Lou and Penny Lea Clark of The Purple Hulls began touring with various country artists and writing songs for Nashville’s largest publishing company, Sony Tree. The Purple Hulls are no stranger to road life and are now blazing the trail as a dynamic sister duo, showcasing their unique sibling harmonies while ripping the strings off any instrument they can get their hands on. If you’re looking for authentic acoustic driven music delivered at its best, your search is over.
JEFF SCROGGINS AND COLORADO website
Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is a high-energy five-piece bluegrass band located in the Western Frontier state of Colorado. Their distinctive sound showcases an eclectic range of influences that marry second and third generation bluegrass, delivering a unique experience that captivates audiences and keeps them guessing: It’s a powerful, high mountain “bluegrass explosion” that features world-class banjo and mandolin playing, incredible vocals, a solid and energetic rhythm and an easy stage banter that has delighted listeners all over the world.
GREAT NORTHERN PLANES website
Great Northern Planes was formed out of the ashes of former Portland band Pumpkin Ridge. The band was forced to split after too many people called at 6:00 a.m. on weekends to ask for a tee-time. However, the “Punk” attitude was kept, and a new sound was born of the ashes. The result has been a successful combination that has taken the band to new places. Whether you want traditional Bluegrass for your formal gatherings or a Bluegrass free-for-all that’s guaranteed to get you arrested, The Great Northern Planes do it all. When the late Bill Monroe was asked to comment on these boys, he responded, “What?”
RUSTY HINGES website
Hailing from across the Evergreen State of Washington, Rusty Hinges Bluegrass Band plays classic and contemporary bluegrass music combined with good natured fun and humor.
Each member of Rusty Hinges is a veteran of the Pacific Northwest bluegrass scene. Their collective experience results in a musical program that is polished and entertaining. Ron Clark provides a solid mandolin chop as well as heartfelt solos. The driving roll of the banjo, along with lead and harmony vocals is provided by Al Price. Jan Delfel is the glue that holds it all together with a steady pulse on bass. Rhythm guitar, lead and harmony vocals are brought by Jim Delfel. On lead guitar (and occasional bass harmony) is Curt Fields, considered by many one of the finest guitarists around.
FERN HILL website
Fern Hill approaches its bluegrass music in the style of the classic bands of the 1950’s. This special attention to detail results in an instantly identifiable rhythmic sound that both devotees and newcomers to the music will love. Fern Hill has a lot of fun playing this music and we know you’ll have fun too!
JULIE AND THE WAYVES website
Julie & The Wayves is a 5-piece, progressive bluegrass band, based out of Portland, Oregon. Centered around the songwriting of Julie Schmidt, a confluence of hard-driving bluegrass and masterful composition and arrangement sensibilities delivers a sound that is both powerful and elegant. Timeless tones within a modern, artful structure, that incorporates genre-bending subtleties without sacrificing what their instrumentation suggests they are: a bluegrass band.
WHISKEY DEAF website
We’d like to give our heartfelt thanks to our 2017 sponsors, including most recently, Backwoods Brewing, Best Western, A&J Select, Skamania County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Stevenson. In addition, our thanks goes out to the fans who support the event, and these amazing acts with the purchase of a ticket.