Wintergrass, the mega super, awesome, amazingly spectacular indoor bluegrass festival in Bellevue, Washington was…SO good! Not too much hardcore traditional bluegrass this year but that’s ok. What was there, was stellar. Below are some fun pictures of the event. I recorded a few of the musicians but you just have to see them in person. An iPhone video does not do justice.
The first picture is from the window where a permanent “coat check” sign appeared. I guess the clerks got tired of telling people that the *real* coat check, for this event, was downstairs. Love their humor. The second picture is what happens when you hear too much bluegrass over 3 days. (We “did” 11 straight hours of music on the 2nd day).
We were in Bellevue, WA for Wintergrass, 2013 – an *enormous*, indoor bluegrass festival, where there were, literally, 24/7 jam groups. It was stellar!
We went to a cello workshop with Rushad Eggleston. This guy is an extremely talented, creative, out of the box, cello virtuoso.
Wild man Rushad
Rushad playing cello while jumping off chairs
I wanted to add a cool video of Rushad playing a complex piece while hopping around on one foot, but neither WordPress nor Facebook will allow it. Here’s a YouTube video of Rushad playing at lightning speed, being more serious and staying stationary, which is unusual.
Double neck mando. Top neck is strung like a ukulele. Bottom neck is strung like a viola. Cool, huh? Had a nice sound! (This pic is making me look gray and blond. I’m neither. It’s the lighting!!)
It’s too hard to summarize the awesomeness of Wintergrass in words. You have to experience it for yourself!