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WYLIE JUBILEE:  BLUEGRASS ON BALLARD - Saturday, July 5, 2014
Ballard Avenue
Downtown Wylie, Texas  75098


2014 Wylie Jubilee Bluegrass on Ballard Danny Paisley at 2014 Wylie Jubilee Bluegrass on Ballard The Purple Hulls at 2014 Wylie Jubilee Bluegrass on Ballard

The Wylie Jubilee - Bluegrass on Ballard was a huge hit, with all the fun centered around the big stage in the center of historic downtown Wylie, Texas!  Thousands enjoyed the terrific live bluegrass music as well as a car show, pony rides, chili cook-off, arts and crafts, and more, all completely free!

The band lineup included Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, Texas & Tennessee (Steve Huber, Nate Lee, Alan Tompkins, Gerald Jones, and GRAMMY-winner Brad Davis)  Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band, the Purple Hulls with guest bassist Alan Tompkins, Phil Ferguson & Texas True, and Nickelville Road!  This event was made possible by Wylie Downtown Merchants Association, City of Wylie, Sears Home Appliance Showroom of Murphy, North Texas Equestrian Center, Farmers Electric Cooperative, and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation
 
Thanks to everyone who came out to watch, eat, listen, jam, volunteer, and just have fun!  Photos by Craig Kelly
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A SPECIAL EVENING WITH THE CLAIRE LYNCH BAND - Friday, May 9, 2014
Allen Heights Baptist Church
1309 E. Main Street
Allen, Texas  75002
Claire Lynch - Appearing May 9, 2014Claire Lynch Band in concert May 9 2014

A good time was had by all as we shared a special evening with reigning IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch, and her amazing band, at the Allen Heights Baptist Church!  To quote Eric Thom, "If you've never heard Claire Lynch sing, your life's not quite complete.  For never was there a sweeter sound - never more fair from any songbird's trill - than her voice.  What she can do to a musical story has helped transform the art of bluegrass music.  A true original, she's a joy to behold and as deep, down soulful as can be." 

The band was terrific, with bassist Todd Phillips sitting in while Mark Schatz is out on tour this summer with Nickel Creek.  We had a great crowd, and enjoyed wonderful hospitality by the folks at Allen Heights Baptist Church.


RED WINE IN CONCERT - Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 7:30p
University Park United Methodist Church
4024 Caruth Boulevard
Dallas, Texas  75225
Red Wine in Concert at University Park United Methodist ChurchMartino Coppo of Red Wine at University Park United Methodist Church

Italian bluegrass band Red Wine has a style that embraces traditional and contemporary bluegrass, country, gospel, and swing, and they put on a great show for us at the University Park United Methodist Church in University Park, Texas on Thursday night, April 10, 2014. The band has played all over Europe and has appeared at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Fran, Wintergrass, Uncle Pen's Memorial Festival in Bean Blossom, Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival in Guthrie, Walnut Valley in Winfield, and the Bluegrass & Chili Festival in Claremore.  They made a lot of new fans in Texas on Thursday night, and went on to do the same at Old Settler's Music Festival in Austin the next day!


BLUEGRASS HERITAGE FESTIVAL - Friday & Saturday, March 7-8, 2014
South Oaks Baptist Church
5925 U. S. Highway 287
Arlington Texas  76017
The Purple Hulls at Bluegrass Heritage Festival 2014Special Consensus on stage at Bluegrass Heritage Festival 2014Wayne Taylor and Junior Sisk at Bluegrass Heritage Festival 2014

The 2014 Bluegrass Heritage Festival was held on Friday and Saturday, March 7-8, 2014 at South Oaks Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.  The festival featured performances by Blue Highway, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Special Consensus, Honi Deaton & Dream, The Purple Hulls, Bluefield Express, East Mountain, and The Herrins.  Attendees enjoyed a great two-day stage show, arts and crafts vendors, and jamming in the South Oaks Baptist Church Activities Building.  Many festival participants also attended the guitar, mandolin, banjo, vocal, and dobro workshops that were conducted on Saturday by members of Blue Highway and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice.  Festival photographs were provided courtesy of Bob Compere.


BLOOMIN' BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL - Friday & Saturday, October 18-19, 2013
Farmers Branch Historical Park
2540 Farmers Branch Lane
Farmers Branch Texas 75234

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Sierra Hull receives Bluegrass Heritage Star Award Suzy Bogguss at Bloomin' Bluegrass 2013 Spinney Brothers at Bloomin' Bluegrass 2013

The Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival 2013 was held on Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, 2013 in the beautiful Farmers Branch Historical Park in Farmers Branch, Texas.  The festival was presented by the City of Farmers Branch, Texas and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, and was free and open to the public.  Incredible musical performances were provided by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Suzy Bogguss, The Travelin' McCourys, The Boxcars, The Rambling Rooks, Sierra Hull, The Spinney BrothersGold Heart, and The Herrins.

A great crowd was on hand both days to enjoy incredible music, chili, rose gardens, the historical structures in the Farmers Branch Historical Park, vendors, and friendly jamming.  Saturday's festivities included a CASI-sanctioned chili cook-off competition as well as the presentation of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Star Award to Sierra Hull.  Our thanks to Mr. Bob Compere for the photographs.


WYLIE JUBILEE:  BLUEGRASS ON BALLARD - Saturday, July 6, 2013
Ballard Avenue
Downtown Wylie, Texas  75098

Wylie Jubilee - Bluegrass on Ballard - July 6 2013

The Wylie Jubilee - Bluegrass on Ballard on Saturday July 6, 2013 was a huge success!  The fun centered around the big stage on Ballard in the center of historic Wylie, Texas!  We enjoyed live bluegrass as well as a car show, chili cook-off, arts and crafts, and pony rides for kids.  It was all FREE with no ticket required!

 

Artists included Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Bluegrass Band, Wood & Wire, Honi Deaton & Dream, The Toy Hearts, the Downtown String Band, and Nickelville Road.  This great event was brought to you by Wylie Downtown Merchants Association, City of Wylie, North Texas Equestrian Center, and Bluegrass Heritage Foundation

Thanks to everyone who came out to jam, help, enjoy the show, shop, eat, and just generally have fun!  Photo courtesy of Craig Kelly

BLOOMIN' BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL - Friday & Saturday, October 19-20, 2012
Farmers Branch Historical Park
2540 Farmers Branch Lane
Farmers Branch Texas  76234

Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival 2012

The Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival 2012 was held on Friday and Saturday, October 19-20, 2012 in the beautiful Farmers Branch Historical Park in Farmers Branch, Texas.  The festival was presented by the City of Farmers Branch, Texas and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, and was free and open to the public.  Incredible musical performances were provided by Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, The Travelin’ McCourys with Peter Rowan (with surprise star fiddlin' guest Michael Cleveland), Blue Highway, The Gibson Brothers, Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Gold Heart, The Toy Hearts, Alan Tompkins, and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band.

A great crowd was on hand both days to enjoy the amazing weather, incredible music, chili, rose gardens, the historical structures in the Farmers Branch Historical Park, vendors, and friendly jamming.  Saturday's festivities included the big CASI-sanctioned chili cook-off as well as the presentation of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Star Award to GRAMMY-winning artist Peter Rowan.


BLOOMIN' BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL - Friday & Saturday, October 14-15, 2011
Farmers Branch Historical Park
2540 Farmers Branch Lane
Farmers Branch Texas  76234

Sammy Shelor of the Lonesome River Band at Bloomin Bluegrass Festival 2011Jammers at the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival 2011 in Farmers Branch, TexasKenny & Amanda Smith Band on stage at Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival 2011Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out at Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival 2011J. D. Crowe & The New South at Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival 2011

The Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival 2011 was held on Friday and Saturday, October 14-15, 2011 in the beautiful Farmers Branch Historical Park in Farmers Branch, Texas and was completely free and open to the public.  The festival was presented by the City of Farmers Branch, Texas and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.  Musical performances were provided by J. D. Crowe & The New South, Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Seldom Scene, Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, The Whites, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Special Consensus, Honi Deaton & Dream, Gerald Jones & Clone Mountain, The Herrins, and Highlands Crossing.  

A great crowd was on hand both days to enjoy the sparkling weather, incredible music, fabulous rose gardens, the historical structures in the Farmers Branch Historical Park, a blacksmithing demonstration, vendors, and loads of jamming.  Saturday's festivities included the presentation of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation's Star Award to J. D. Crowe.  The City of Farmers Branch even provided televised coverage of the American League Championship Series Game #7 on Saturday night between the (victorious) Texas Rangers and the Detroit Tigers in the Historical Park. The bluegrass continued full speed on stage, and listeners enjoyed both the music and a view of the game via a 50' inflatable screen in the meadow!  Thanks to Derrick Birdsall for the photographs.


BLUEGRASS WINTERJAM 2011 - February 19, 2011
South Oaks Baptist Church
5925 U. S. Highway 287
Arlington Texas  76017

Eric & Leigh GibsonGibson Brothers BandHoni Deaton & Dream

The inaugural Bluegrass WinterJam was held on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at South Oaks Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.  The event featured performances by the IBMA award-winning Gibson Brothers Band and bluegrass gospel favorites Honi Deaton & Dream.  Also performing on the main stage was Bluefield Express, Clover Girls, Midnight Train, and Bluestem Bluegrass.  The Gibson Brothers Band presented an instructional workshop from 5-6p to a packed house.  And AcousticMusicCamp.com hosted a Jamming Class from noon-3p, taught by Gerald Jones, Nate Lee, and Dennis McBride, that was attended by nearly 40 bluegrass musicians. 

Everyone enjoyed a day of great jamming, workshops, and music.  Shirley Owens attended and sent in her review:  "The winter concert was fabulous - the Gibson Brothers are one of my favorite groups and they did not disappoint.  Their workshop was one of the most enjoyable ever.  They were so personable and gracious and, although I know attendees would have held them forever, they indicated that they didn't want to cut into Honi Deaton's performance time.  Such class all the way!  Any event in which Bluegrass Heritage Foundation is involved is always well done and we applaud your dedication to spreading the bluegrass word!"


BLOOMIN' BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL - Friday & Saturday, October 15-16, 2010
Farmers Branch Historical Park
2540 Farmers Branch Lane
Farmers Branch Texas  76234

J. D. Crowe at the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival, Oct. 2010, Farmers Branch, TexasJammers at the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival, Oct. 2010, Farmers Branch, TexasRhonda Vincent at the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival, Oct. 2010, Farmers Branch, TexasDan Tyminski at the Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival, Oct. 2010, Farmers Branch, Texas

The Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival was held on Friday and Saturday, October 15-16, 2010 in the Farmers Branch Historical Park in Farmers Branch, Texas and was completely free and open to the public.  The festival was presented by the City of Farmers Branch, Texas and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.  Musical performances were provided by Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, The Travelin' McCourys with Dan Tyminski, J. D. Crowe & The New South, Seldom Scene, Claire Lynch Band, The Boxcars, Jim Hurst, Jeff & Vida Band, The Herrins, and Highlands Crossing.  

A great crowd was on hand both days and they enjoyed perfect weather, incredible musical performances, tours of the rose gardens and the historical structures in the Farmers Branch Historical Park, vendors, and loads of great jamming.  Saturday's festivities included the Farmer's Branch Mayor's Military Appreciation Dinner and the presentation of the inaugural Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Star Award to Rhonda Vincent.  Texas Governor Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry sent a congratulatory proclamation to the City of Farmers Branch and a warm welcome to Festival attendees.  Photographs are courtesy of Bob Compere and Derrick Birdsall.


BLUEGRASS HERITAGE FESTIVAL - September 19, 2009
South Oaks Baptist Church
5925 U. S. Highway 287
Arlington Texas  76017

Josh WilliamsThe Toy HeartsStar Canyon

The second annual Bluegrass Heritage Festival was held on Saturday, September 19, 2009 at South Oaks Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.  The festival featured performances by the Josh Wiliams Band (Josh was the 2008 IBMA and SPBGMA Guitar Player of the Year), the Toy Hearts from Birmingham, England (with special guest fiddler Raphael Maillet from Paris, France and guest bassist Alan Tompkins), Star Canyon, the Herrin Family, Clear River, Nickelville Road, Salt Rock Rounders, and Grass Notes.  We had a wonderful crowd, great instrument instructional workshops (including a guitar workshop by Josh Williams and Toy Heart Sophia Johnson, as well as mandolin, banjo, and clawhammer banjo workshops), and lots of jamming.  See more photos from the Festival on our Photos page.


BLUEGRASS HERITAGE FESTIVAL - September 6, 2008
South Oaks Baptist Church
5925 U. S. Highway 287
Arlington Texas  76017



The first Bluegrass Heritage Festival was held on Saturday, September 6, 2008 at South Oaks Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.  The Festival featured Mark Phillips and Third Generation, Hickory Hill, Blue River, Ellis County Bluegrass, Grassville, Nickelville Road, Salt Rock Rounders, Grass Notes Band, and The Grubb Family.  The instructional workshop schedule consisted of banjo, mandolin, guitar, clawhammer banjo, and songwriting workshops that were well attended.  South Oaks Baptist Church provided food and drinks for the day, and the on-site exhibitors and vendors included iWearBluegrass.com, Fitch Banjos, and the Southwest Bluegrass Club.  We had a great crowd that enjoyed the beautiful weather and excellent facilities.  Jamming went on all afternoon and late into the night, long after the music on stage had ended.  See more photos from the Festival on our Photos page.


Special ConsensusTHE SPECIAL CONSENSUS - May 3, 2008
Sons of Hermann Hall
3414 Elm Street, Dallas, Texas 75226

w/Special Guest Blue Moon Drive
featuring The Gerald Jones

On Saturday night, May 3, 2008, the Foundation held its first bluegrass event featuring The Special Consensus and Blue Moon Drive at the historic Sons of Hermann Hall near downtown Dallas.  Current IBMA President Greg Cahill (founder of The Special Consensus) and his band put on a great show for the crowd.  “The pleasure was truly ours,” said Cahill.  “We were honored to be featured for your first event.  We certainly enjoyed the evening with a wonderfully responsive audience and great music of Blue Moon Drive.  I hope we can work to support the foundation another time!”


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