The last weekend in January will again be a hot one at the Florence Events Center.
Over two days, seven outstanding groups will bring smokin’ hot bluegrass, heartwarming new and traditional folk, and foot-stompin’ Americana as the Florence Winter Music Festival returns January 26 and 27.
The festival actually kicks off on the 25th with Thursday evening’s open mic “Take the Stage!” hootenanny. There will also be open jam sessions, performance and songwriting workshops, and great food and drink
throughout the event. “By popular demand, we just made more two-day passes available for the festival. This is the best way to get the
most out of the event,” said organizer Rachel Pearson. “Our line-up of world-class performers includes Friday night’s headliners Never Come Down, the Henhouse Prowlers, Beth Wood, Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band, Becky
Buller Banjo Duo, Josh Goforth, and Saturday night’s headliners Appalachian Roadshow. Each has earned rave reviews from devoted fans, and from industry titans including the International Bluegrass Music Association.
Individual show tickets are selling fast too. Tickets are available at the Florence Events Center and its website, EventCenter.org.”
A now-annual favorite, the community open mic “Take the Stage!” all-comers music confab will be unleashed from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Pearson says this is “A good ol’ fashioned hootenanny -- free and open to all ages and abilities. Come sign up, sing, play, collaborate, and have fun cheering on your friends and neighbors on the
Florence Events Center flat floor stage.”
Never Come Down
Portland’s hottest bluegrass band returns to Florence by popular demand. Blending modern and traditional bluegrass styles and incredible onstage presence, this band is must-hear. NCD has been recognized by the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) 2023 World of Bluegrass summit and, along with the Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band (see Saturday afternoon), were nominees for IBMA Momentum Band of 2023.
This group is in its second decade, honing the unique, high-energy vibe that makes them an unforgettable stage
presence—be it in Chicago, Siberia, or the Middle East. These musicians are official Cultural Ambassadors for the
US State Department, and they show the world what American bluegrass is all about.
Beth is a modern-day troubadour and proponent of the power of music: word, song, and performance. Come be transported to a world where creativity, skill, sincere song writing, and music making create a community circle for an hour … or a lifetime!
Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band
Brothers Miles and Teo Quale with bassist Andrew Osborn and flatpick guitarist Ian Ly have shaken up the USA, Japan, and Europe with their vibrant mix of bluegrass, dawg, jazz, and original acoustic sounds. Crying Uncle
were the winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association Momentum Band Award for 2023!
Becky Buller & Ned Luberecki
Becky Buller is the recipient of 10 IBMA awards including Fiddler of the Year in 2016. Ned Luberecki was voted IBMA 2018 Banjo Player of the Year and is a much loved radio personality. Together, they will light up the
theater with the fire of their vibrant playing, exuberant personalities, and shared joy in music making. Bonus: Ned was the winner of the IMBA Broadcaster of the Year in September 2023.
Appalachian Road Show combines the award-winning talents of lead singer and banjoist Barry Abernathy, tenor singer and mandolinist-extraordinaire Darrel Webb, and award-winning fiddler and producer Jim Vancleve. Their
motto is “Authenticity never goes out of style,” as they honor the music, traditions, and history of the Appalachian people and regions. Join them for a spell and an unforgettable evening. IMBA nominees for 2023 Performers of the Year.
Josh is back by popular demand. This one-person Bluegrass Renaissance Man learned his craft “on the porch” back in Madison County, NC, and has mastered close to 20 instruments. Performances include the National
Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN; The Grand Ole Opry, Carnegie Hall, David Holt’s PBS show “State of Music,” and the Florence Winter Music Festival 2023. Josh will also headline the invitation-only Kiwanis Kids Concerts on Thursday, and the free Friday afternoon Community Concert at Oregon Pacific Bank, 1355 Highway 101 in Florence.
Linda Leavitt of The Oregon Bluegrass Association and Tom Nechville, proprietor of Nechville Banjos, will anchor the action in Gallery Five. There you’ll find jams, pickin’ sessions, playing advice, and tall tales of festivals past including sparkling bluegrass reminiscences and spirited conversations! They’ll also be on hand for Take the Stage to keep the musical energy flowing.
Throughout the Winter Music Festival you can expect plenty of informal jams, performer interactions, super merchandise sales, excellent food and drink, and great vibes. For more information on the Florence Winter
Music Festival visit WinterMusicFestival.org.
Tickets available on-line at https://www.eventcenter.org/
under the tab EVENT TICKETS.
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