Past Events

Lone Star Fest 2015 – March 13-14, 2015

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel
1980 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, Texas  75080

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Lone Star Fest 2015 was held on Friday and Saturday, March 13-14, 2015 in the beautiful Doubletree by Hilton Hotel in Richardson, Texas.  Our generous sponsors for the event included Valley Solvents & Chemicals, J&S Body Shop in Frisco, Ironhorse Commercial Construction, and Brian “Doc” Hull.  Incredible musical performances were provided by the Suzy Bogguss Trio, the Boxcars, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Gold Heart, In Achordance, Dueling Hearts, the Sophia Johnson Band, and The Herrins.  A crowd was on hand both days to enjoy the incredible music, workshops, and non-stop jamming.  Guitar, dobro, banjo, and mandolin workshops were conducted by Adam Steffey, Keith Garrett, Ron Stewart, Gary Hultman, Sophia Johnson, and Luke Munday.  More photos from the event are available in our Photo Gallery.  Our sincere thanks to Bob Compere for the photographs.  You can find out more about Lone Star Fest at the event website, LoneStarFest.com.

Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival – October 17-18, 2014

Farmers Branch Historical Park
2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch Texas  75234

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The fifth annual Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival & Chili Cook-Off was held on Friday and Saturday, October 17-18, 2015 in the beautiful Farmers Branch Historical Park in Farmers Branch, Texas and was free and open to the public.  The festival was presented by the City of Farmers Branch, Texas and the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.  Incredible musical performances were provided by Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Balsam Range, the Seldom Scene, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, the Gibson Brothers, the Rambling Rooks, the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band, Flatt Lonesome, and The Herrins. (more…)

The Spinney Brothers Band in Concert – October 9, 2014

University Park United Methodist Church
4024 Caruth Boulevard, Dallas, Texas  75225

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We were pleased to share a special evening with the internationally-acclaimed and award-winning Spinney Brothers, and their full band, at the University Park United Methodist Church!  According to Neil Rosenburg of Memorial University, “The heart of the Spinney Brothers’ music lies in their duet singing that is as tight as you’ll find in bluegrass today.”  Natives of the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada, the Spinney Brothers believe in freshness and excitement in traditional bluegrass music.  Our venue was the beautiful Fellowship Hall of University Park United Methodist Church.  Our thanks to the Spinney Brothers and University Park UMC for a great evening of international bluegrass!

Wylie Jubilee – Bluegrass on Ballard – July 5 2014

Ballard Avenue, Downtown Wylie, Texas  75098

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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 live bluegrass music as well as a car show, pony rides, 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.  Photos by Craig Kelly.

Front Porch Showdown Bluegrass Band Contest – May 31, 2014

Dallas Heritage Village, Dallas, Texas  75215

In Achordance 2014 Front Porch Showdown (2)The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation today teamed up with the Dallas Heritage Village, a shady, 20-acre tree-lined park with authentic 19th-century pioneer and Victorian homes and commercial buildings located in Dallas, for the first-ever Front Porch Showdown Bluegrass Band Contest and Show.  Nine bluegrass bands from Texas and Louisiana each had 15 minutes to take the stage, entertain the crowd, and clear out before the next band stepped in.  A total of $1,100 in prize money was on the line.  Judging was by audience ballot, with a great crowd on hand, and over 250 ballots were cast.  The winning bands were:

1st:  In Achordance (Corpus Christi, Texas)
2nd:  Bobby Giles & Music Mountain (Amarillo, Texas)
3rd:  Nickelville Road (Wylie, Texas)
4th:  Lonesome Ridge (Tullos, Louisiana)

The crowd also enjoyed performances by the Trinity River Mountain Boys, Bluestem, Sowell Family Pickers, Sabine River Bend, and Phil Ferguson & Texas True.  At the conclusion of the bluegrass band contest, the amazing Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band expertly performed a set of contemporary and classic tunes in the acoustic-music style.  Sgt Pepper’s received a standing ovation at the close of their set from a very appreciative audience! (more…)

A Special Evening with the Claire Lynch Band – May 9, 2014

Allen Heights Baptist Church
1309 E. Main Street, Allen, Texas  75002

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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 on tour with Nickel Creek.  We had a great crowd, and enjoyed wonderful hospitality by the folks at Allen Heights Baptist Church.

Red Wine in Concert – April 10, 2014

University Park United Methodist Church
4024 Caruth Boulevard, Dallas, Texas  75225

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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 – March 7-8, 2014

South Oaks Baptist Church
5925 U. S. Highway 287
Arlington Texas  76017

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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 courtesy of Bob Compere.

Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival – October 18-19, 2013

Farmers Branch Historical Park
2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch Texas 75234

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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. (more…)

Wylie Jubilee – Bluegrass on Ballard – Saturday, July 6, 2013

Ballard Avenue, Downtown Wylie, Texas  75098

Wylie-2013-streetThe Wylie Jubilee – Bluegrass on Ballard on July 6, 2013 was a huge success!  The fun centered around the big stage in the center of historic Wylie, Texas. We enjoyed live bluegrass as well as a car show, arts and crafts, and pony rides for kids.  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 event was brought to you by Wylie Downtown Merchants Association, City of Wylie, North Texas Equestrian Center, and Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.  Photo by Craig Kelly.

Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival – October 19-20, 2012

Farmers Branch Historical Park
2540 Farmers Branch Lane
Farmers Branch Texas  75234

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The Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival 2012 was held on October 19-20, 2012 in the beautiful Farmers Branch Historical Park.  The festival was presented by the City of Farmers Branch 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 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.  (more…)

Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival – October 14-15, 2011

Farmers Branch Historical Park
2540 Farmers Branch Lane
Farmers Branch Texas  75234

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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. (more…)

Bluegrass WinterJam – February 19, 2011

South Oaks Baptist Church
5925 U. S. Highway 287, Arlington Texas  76017

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The inaugural Bluegrass WinterJam was held on February 19, 2011 at South Oaks Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.  The event featured performances by the IBMA award-winning Gibson Brothers and bluegrass favorites Honi Deaton & Dream.  Also performing was Bluefield Express, Clover Girls, Midnight Train, and Bluestem.  The Gibson Brothers presented an instructional workshop from 5-6p to a packed house.  Acoustic Music Camp hosted a jamming workshop taught by Gerald Jones, Nate Lee, and Dennis McBride that was attended by about 40 musicians. (more…)

Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival – October 15-16, 2010

Farmers Branch Historical Park
2540 Farmers Branch Lane, Farmers Branch Texas  75234

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The Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival 2011 was held on Friday and Saturday, October 15-16, 2016 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 Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, J. D. Crowe & The New South, Seldom Scene, The Travelin’ McCourys featuring Dan Tyminski, the Claire Lynch Band, the Boxcars, Jim Hurst, Jeff & Vida, The Herrins, and Highlands Crossing.  (more…)

Bluegrass Heritage Festival – March 5-6, 2010

South Oaks Baptist Church
5925 U. S. Highway 287
Arlington Texas  76017

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The third annual Bluegrass Heritage Festival was held on Friday and Saturday, March 5-6, 2010 at South Oaks Baptist Church in Arlington, Texas.  The festival featured performances by Blue Highway, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Alecia Nugent, The Marksmen Quartet, The Quebe Sisters Band, 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, and dobro workshops that were conducted on Saturday by members of Blue Highway.  Festival photographs courtesy of Bob Compere.

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