What to See at Folklife #78: Hot Pickin’ & Harmonies Bluegrass Showcase

(Thanks to Trisha Tubbs for this special guest blog post! The full schedule for the 2013 Northwest Folklife Festival will be available at nwfolklife.org/festival beginning May 1)

Hot Acoustic Roots Music from the Exciting World of Bluegrass!!

Sponsored by TheSunBreak.com

Saturday May 25, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Xfinity Mural Amphitheatre Stage

Pickled Okra

Experience virtuoso musicianship, hard-driving music that will get your heart pounding and hands clapping, and soaring tight vocal harmonies at this special concert featuring some of the top bluegrass bands in the Pacific Northwest.

Born in the U.S. in the 1940’s, bluegrass music has its roots in Celtic, Anglo-European, African, Gospel/Spiritual, and Old-Time Country music.  It has been strongly influenced by Jazz, Blues, Folk, Pop, and Rock, but it has been so influential that it can also be heard in the music of popular artists such as Elvis Presley, The Grateful Dead, Yo-Yo Ma, Yonder Mountain String Band, Alison Krauss and Union Station with Jerry Douglas, Mumford and Sons, The Avett Brothers, and Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers.

Bluegrass music’s popularity spans the globe, with concerts, festivals, music camps and jams taking place throughout the world in elite performing arts venues such as the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to open fields (with festivals such as the acclaimed Telluride Music Festival in Colorado and the Grey Fox Music Festival in New York) to indoor festivals in hotels (such as the award-winning Wintergrass Music Festival in Bellevue, Washington).

Bluegrass concerts, festivals, music camps, youth academies, workshops and jams take place all year in the Pacific Northwest; in fact, you’ll find at least one or two camping festivals every weekend during the summer, many in beautiful settings.

One fabulous aspect about bluegrass is its amazing community:  People of all ages, religions, diverse backgrounds and skill levels, sharing a common bond of loving and playing bluegrass music together.

The four bands in this concert, Pearly Blue, The Weavils, Pickled Okra, and Badger Pocket all approach bluegrass differently, but in equally wonderful ways.  You’ll have a great time exploring a wide-range of “flavors” from the world of bluegrass music, and will see some hot young musicians, seasoned professionals, musicians from multiple generations and fun-loving entertainers.


1:00 – 1:05 p.m.            Intro – Trisha Tubbs (emcee)

1:05 – 1:35 p.m.            Pearly Blue

1:50 – 2:20 p.m.            The Weavils

2:35 – 3:05 p.m.            Pickled Okra

3:20 – 3:50 p.m.            Badger Pocket

3:50 – 4:00 p.m.            Grand Finale  (all bands on stage)


About Trisha

From Snoqualmie, Washington, Trisha Tubbs is a long-time volunteer at Northwest Folklife and has produced the Bluegrass Showcase concert at Northwest Folklife for over 15 years.

She is very active in the International Bluegrass Music Association (headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee) where she has served on numerous committees, has been on the planning committee for IBMA’s acclaimed Leadership Bluegrass program for over 10 years, and co-produced IBMA’s Annual Awards Show in 2010 at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, which included performances by Allison Krauss and Union Station, and Dierks Bentley.

She is a board member of Acoustic Sound (producers of the award-winning Wintergrass Music Festival in Bellevue, Washington) and was responsible for the stage managers and backstage crew for the main stages at Wintergrass for many years. She currently co-produces the Wintergrass Bluegrass in the Schools workshops for teachers and is a core member of the Wintergrass Education Committee.

She produces two or three bluegrass concerts/events a year, and is an experienced producer, publicist, stage manager and announcer.  She also has more than 15 years experience managing and promoting bluegrass bands in Pennsylvania and Washington.  In addition, she writes bluegrass related articles and has been published in Bluegrass Unlimited, IBMA’s newsletter,  and the Washington Bluegrass Association’s newsletter.