Bluegrass From The Forest

July 12 - 14, 2024

Produced by the Kristmas Town Kiwanis

Line Up

Alan Bibey and Grasstowne
The Kathy Kallick Band
Heartbreak Pass
Terry Enyeart & The Steelhead Bluegrass Band
The Rusty Hinges
Host band Runaway Train (host band) – South Puget Sound
Saturday night country danceBar K Buckaroos

Alan Bibey & GrasstowneAlan Bibey & Grasstowne is comprised of very well respected veterans of bluegrass music, as well as some of the finest young musicians in the industry. This combination together makes Alan Bibey & Grasstowne one of the hottest and most energetic bands touring today! Their latest project Hitchhiking to California has topped single and album charts, with the title cut earning a nomination for the 2021 IBMA Song of the Year. Band leader, Alan Bibey, is a multi-award winning and Grammy nominated artist known for his exceptional mandolin mastery. Joined by Cary Black on bass, Jeff Huffman on guitar, and Gena Britt on banjo. Grasstowne has an ever-growing string of hit singles and albums and Hitchhiking to California continues the tradition. Visit website

The Kathy Kallick Band / Photo by: Irene YoungThe Kathy Kallick Band is based along the west coast, from the San Francisco Bay Area to Anchorage, but their powerful mixture of original and classic music, mirroring their distinctive combination of traditional and contemporary sensibilities, has great appeal everywhere.

Kathy Kallick’s exceptional career includes winning a Grammy and two IBMA Awards, receiving a Lifetime Membership from the California Bluegrass Association, co-founding the internationally-acclaimed Good Ol’ Persons, and collaborating with the country’s top acoustic musicians – including her mighty band: Annie Staninec (fiddle), Greg Booth (dobro, banjo), Tom Bekeny (mandolin), and Cary Black (acoustic bass), all of whom are also wonderful singers.

Their shows and recordings include powerful and compelling Kathy compositions; dazzling and inventive interpretations of lesser-known instrumentals led by Annie, Greg, and Tom; distinctive covers of a wide range of songs with sources ranging from the Carter Family and Coon Creek Girls to Bill Monroe and Mac Martin to Rose Maddox and Richard Thompson; classics from the Good Ol’ Persons and earlier KKB releases; and plenty of new material. Led by one of the music’s extraordinary composers and vocalists, the Kathy Kallick Bandhas nearly as much fun as the audience when performing, and their presentation — ranging from electrifying to humorous to bittersweet to soulful — is always inclusive and satisfying. And they’re truly a band, listening to and sparked by each other, contributing to the songs and the sound as a whole. Visit website

Farmstrong MusicFarmstrong Music
Jim Faddis, Cort Armstrong, Rick Meade and John Pyles collaborate in an acoustic quartet that puts singing at the forefront of their sound. A very simple and distinctive instrumentation accompanies the band’s smooth vocal sound and brings the songs they perform to life. Like a fine whiskey, FarmStrong’s sound is pure distilled country magic. Not exactly what some would consider a country band, and definitely not a bluegrass band, FarmStrong taps deep into the roots of these musical genres, as it reaches beyond the surface to a vast array of American roots based music, from folk and rock, to Motown and blues. FarmStrong performs at music festivals, community concerts, house concerts, private parties, weddings, and even occasionally at bars and restaurants. Visit website

Heartbreak Pass BandHeartbreak Pass is the best kept secret from the mountains of North Idaho. This band has had quite a journey from the very first day they stepped onto a stage, some fifteen years ago. Born out of a love of music, they have performed on most stages east of the Cascade Mountains all the way to Montana. They have opened for Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, The Infamous StringDusters and performed at Wintergrass in Bellevue. One of two founding members, Bonnie Bliss, brings a lifetime of music and performance to the HBP stage. Long known as one of the best vocalists and bass players in the Inland Northwest bluegrass scene. Ms Bonnie is the ‘Rock’ this band is built around. Stan Hall, also a founding member, started his musical journey with HBP. His creatively crafted original tunes have been a favorite wherever he goes. Stan holds down the guitar duties, vocals and harmony. Randy Engle, the most recent addition to the band, brings his mando, octave mando and guitar, along with incredible vocals to round out this trio. Randy has spent most of his music journey performing gospel music and is no stranger to the stage. Heartbreak Pass will take you on an eclectic musical journey that you are sure to enjoy! Visit Facebook page

SteelHead Bluegrass BandTerry Enyeart & The SteelHead Bluegrass Band is a contemporary bluegrass band based in Kitsap County, Washington. Their music ranges from sweet love songs to the hard drive and excitement of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, along with a special focus/influence from the music of Chris Stapelton (of The SteelDrivers Band). Strong vocals are the centerpiece of the band, but let’s face it, these folks can pick. You’ll be hard-pressed to keep your foot from tapping and your heart from singing along. So come on down and enjoy, just like all “Steelhead” they are hard to catch, but worth it!
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Rusty Hinges Bluegrass BandRusty Hinges Bluegrass Band 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. Rusty Hinges Bluegrass Band has become a fixture of the Pacific Northwest bluegrass festival circuit having played at Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival, Sacajawea Bluegrass Festival, Winlock Bluegrass Festival, Rainier Pickin’ Party, Goldendale Pickersfest, George Bluegrass Festival and more. Rusty Hinges are Bryan Chaffe (guitar/vocals), Jim Delfel (guitar/vocals), Jan Delfel (bass), Reade Obern (fiddle/vocals) and Al Price (banjo/vocals). Visit Facebook page




Runaway Train Bluegrass BandRunaway Train Bluegrass
Like strong traditional bluegrass with an edge to it? Then you’ll like Runaway Train Bluegrass! They perform on special occasions when time and availability permits. They’re the host band for Bluegrass from the Forest festival and they also play an important role in helping to get the festival going every year.

Greg Linder guitar & vocals – Union, WA
Kent Powell bass & vocals – Tacoma, WA
John White mandolin & vocals – Olympia, WA
Clayton Hess, banjo – Woodinville, WA



The Bar-K BuckaroosThe Bar-K Buckaroos – The Host Band for the Saturday Night Country Dance
The Bar-K Buckaroos play traditional western swing dance music in the style of Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. They bring their love of Bluegrass, Country and Swing, Jazz, Blues and Raggae’ to form a great evening of western swing and 20-40’s era swing music.
The band, based on the north coast of Oregon is made up of:
Brad Griswold – Guitar & vocals
Dave Quinton – Bass & vocals
Richard Thomasian – Lead Guitar and vocals
Tom Peake – Percussion
Scott Wagner – Trumpet
Barbara Collins – Fiddle

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