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The 32nd Annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival!

jvf-2017-logo-300x225From the Boston Bluegrass Union—

Join the Boston Bluegrass Union and celebrate the legacy of the late Joe Val with three big days of indoor bluegrass at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel.

We have a great lineup of national and regional talent, expanded workshops, Kid’s Academy, music vendors, and round-the-clock jamming. Our 2006 event won the coveted “Event of the Year” award from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

We will have another great group of bands this year for the Joe Val Festival, including:

Jerry Douglas Presents The Earls of Leicester (IBMA Entertainer of the Year!)
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Blue Highway
The Grascals
Flashback
Sideline
Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass (IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year!)
becky-buller-band-show-poster-blank-232x300The Becky Buller Band (IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year!)
Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen (IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year!)
Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado
The Lonely Heartstring Band
The Surly Gentlemen
Bill and the Belles
Bluegrass Gospel Project
Mile Twelve
Berklee All-stars
The Feinberg Brothers
The Korey Brodsky Band

When: February 17-19, 2017
Where: Sheraton Framingham – Framingham, MA

For Tickets, Schedules, and much more information:

BBU.org

(“Just seven little keystrokes,” says Cousin Stan)

UPDATE: Reuben Shetler, in a comment below, advises that the full Main-Stage and Showcase-Stage schedules are now on the website, and each band’s name links to a profile of the band.  Go HERE.

There is no better way to spend a cold February weekend than listening to pickers and singers in every nook and cranny of this entire hotel.  Just wander around for three days and take it all in, or settle down in the Main Stage or the Showcase Stage, and relish some great music, Country Music Bluegrass Style!  I’ll be there, and I hope to see all of you as well!  /CL

Memorial Party for Vicki

[UPDATE: As most know, the snowstorm last Sunday caused most concerts to be cancelled.  Says Larry: “This event will be rescheduled on a Sunday in April with the hope of much better weather.”  I’ll update this post when I know more. /CL]
For those who didn’t know her, Vicki Benedict was John Lincoln Wright‘s wife of many years.  She was quiet and reserved, yet with a ready smile, and always supportive of Lincoln despite the hills and dales of his musical career, “The only job I’ve ever had,” as he said on the packaging to That Old Mill (1990).  I hope you’ll join Larry Flint and other former Sourmash Boys for this Sunday afternoon gathering, February 12th.  It’ll be fun, and a testament to a fine lady.  Here’s the notice Larry just sent:

When Vicki Benedict Wright passed away nearly one year ago,
she had made it clear that she did not want a public funeral
or memorial service, and we of course respected her wishes.
Because of this her friends were never able to assemble and
share their love of Vicki and honor her life.  So, we are having a
 

 “Memorial Party”

for

Victoria Benedict Wright

Sunday February 12 1-6 pm

 
You are invited to come get together with Vicki’s friends and
Share your memories of the Joy of Vicki’s life. We are sure
that Vicki would not be disappointed if some laughter was
involved, and that perhaps some adult beverages were
consumed in the process. Please pass the word on to
those friends who may not be on this mailing list.
Thank You.
 
Music will be provided by the 

Sour Mash Boys 

and

Special Guests

 

at Sally O’Brien’s

335 Somerville Ave

Union Sq Somerville

617-666-3589

www.sallyobriensbar.com

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HA’pennings: The Gibson Brothers Returning January 21st

Boston-area favorites The Gibson Brothers will be at the Boston Bluegrass Union‘s regular venue in Lexington on the 21st.  The BBU still calls it the National Heritage Museum, though it is now the Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library, which is an impossible name to remember.

Eric and Leigh Gibson have performed live in Sumptuous Studio B at least twice, and should draw many fans to the Museum—get your tickets in advance!

Opening will be the Seth Sawyer Band from Vermont.  Details:

National Heritage Museum
(Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library)
33 Marrett Road, Lexington, MA
7:30pm (box office opens at 6:30pm)
$27 for Members
$29 for Non-Members

Click here to buy advance tickets
on-line via credit card.

 

Mark Brine Stopping By Saturday the 31st

UPDATE 6Jan17: Had fun chatting with Mark about old times and new.  A couple of corrections: Mark is currently back in Maryland, to be closer to his grandchildren.  And his musical history goes back farther than the ’80s.  Looking forward to his next visit!  /CL

Mark Brine is an old friend of Hillbilly at Harvard.  He is a native Cantabrigian, has spent many years in Baltimore, and currently lives near Nashville.  He’s been visiting and singing his original songs and traditional country standards since at least the 1980s.  This week he’s in town and will be performing at Sally O’Brien’s in Union Square, Somerville, Tuesday January 3rd, at 7 PM with friends.  Which friends, we’re not sure, but Mark will tell us Saturday, when he visits the show on the 31st.  Tune in!

 

Time for “The Montreal Express”!

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Cold Turkey, on our driveway this morning.

(16Dec) Yep, it was 3º F on the river in Saxonville this morning.  Although the storm tomorrow is supposed to change from snow to rain and warmer temps during the day, I’ll try to remember to play “The Montreal Express”—see the post HERE for the history of this song.  And go HERE for the latest on our constantly-changing December schedule [Just updated 23Dec16].  /CL