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< class="art-postheader">Bluegrass Saturday Night 2019

Bluegrass Saturday Night – Nov. 16 2019
  Featuring Kenny & Amanda Smith Band and Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band
    with special guest Downtown String Band

McKinney Performing Arts Center
111 N. Tennessee Street, McKinney, Texas  75069


A great crowd was on hand for our Bluegrass Saturday Night in historic downtown McKinney Texas.  The show featured the GRAMMY-nominated Kenny & Amanda Smith Band and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, along with special guest Downtown String Band.  Pictures from the show are in our Special Events Photo Gallery.  This event was funded in part by a grant from the City of McKinney Arts Commission, with thanks from the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.

Winners of the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year award, the Kenny & Amanda Smith Band combines gutsy, heartfelt vocals and brilliant instrumental talents to create one of the most compelling sounds in bluegrass music today.  Kenny, a two-time IBMA Guitarist of the Year, is considered one of the most influential flatpicking-style guitarists of his generation.  Amanda is a winner of the IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year award and delivers some of the most soulful vocals in bluegrass today.

Sgt. Peppers Lonely Bluegrass Band offered amazing musicianship and vocals on innovative bluegrass interpretations of Beatles songs like Eleanor Rigby, Come Together, Back in the USSR, Blackbird, and more.  The Downtown String Band highlighted the bluegrass and traditional music of Gerald Jones, Mike Jump, Michael Morrison, and Alan Tompkins.  

About McKinney Performing Arts Center

This was the third production by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC), the multi-purpose theater in the historic Collin County Courthouse.  MPAC is the center of the McKinney, Texas historic district and is surrounded by a variety of restaurants and boutiques.

< class="art-postheader">Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival – October 18-19, 2019

Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival – October 18-19, 2019

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

The tenth annual Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival was held on Friday and Saturday, October 18-19, 2019 in the beautiful Farmers Branch Historical Park in Farmers Branch, Texas.  The festival was presented by the City of Farmers Branch and Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.  Incredible musical performances were provided by the Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush Band, Larry Sparks & The Lonesome Ramblers, the Travelin’ McCourys, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Kruger Brothers & Dallas Symphony Orchestra Quartet, Sierra Hull & Justin Moses, Chatham County Line, Texas & Tennessee featuring John R. Bowman and Steve Huber, and the Purple Hulls.  Photos are available in our Photo gallery

< class="art-postheader">Wylie Jubilee – Bluegrass on Ballard – June 29 2019

Wylie Jubilee – Bluegrass on Ballard – June 29 2019

Wylie Olde City Park, 112 S. Ballard Ave., Wylie, Texas  75098

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This year was our SEVENTH big year for the Wylie Jubilee – Bluegrass on Ballard and it was a great day of music happening on the big stage in Olde City Park in historic downtown Wylie, Texas.  A great crowd was building early in the day until we were interrupted by a large thunderstorm that shut things down on the main stage from about 4:30p-7:30p.  Fortunately, many folks stuck around under the tents in the park and got to enjoy a short acoustic set by Breaking Grass under the tents, with more Breaking Grass on the main stage, and a big finale by Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band on the big stage!  It was a great day of food, fun, live bluegrass music, a spectacular car show, and more – all free of charge.  Check our photo gallery for great event photos.

The musical lineup included Breaking Grass, Texas & Tennessee, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, Salt Creek, Bobby Giles & Texas Gales, and the Herrins Bluegrass Band.

This event was made possible by Wylie Downtown Merchants Association, City of WylieNorth Texas Equestrian Center, the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, and many other fine sponsors.  Photos by Craig Kelly and Nathaniel Dalzell.

< class="art-postheader">Bluegrass Saturday Night at the McKinney Performing Arts Center



Featuring 
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Join us for an incredible night of music by the 2020 GRAMMY winner for Best Bluegrass Album Michael Cleveland & FlamekeeperAccording to the Boston Globe, “it’s obvious Michael was destined to become one of bluegrass music’s contemporary stars.”

Country Music Hall of Famer Vince Gill says “he plays fearlessly, and it’s intoxicating to play with him because he makes you play fearlessly! He takes no prisoners, but he plays with restraint and a soul. He plays without abandon.”

Make it a weekend – spend the night at the beautiful Sheraton McKinney Hotel with our discounted bluegrass rate of $79/night

Michael Cleveland is IBMA’s most awarded Fiddle Player of the Year with 12 wins, has won Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year six times, and fronts the 6-time IBMA Instrumental Group of the Year. Together with Flamekeeper members Josh Richards (guitar), Nathan Livers (mandolin), Jasiah Shrode (banjo) and Chris Douglas (bass), Cleveland makes his way around the country delighting audiences, leaving them with jaws dropped in complete amazement.  According to Vince Gill, “It’s wicked to see how much music he pulls out of a bow. He’s untouchable”.

6:30  Doors Open
7:15  Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

We are pleased to host this event at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC).  The MPAC is the beautiful, multi-purpose theater in the historic Collin County Courthouse.  The MPAC is in the center of the McKinney, Texas historic district.  The area has a variety of restaurants and boutique shops that make it the perfect destination for a Saturday afternoon adventure!  See a graphic diagram of the MPAC seating area here.


RESERVED SEATS ($25.00) are ON SALE NOW at
McKinney Performing Arts Center Box Office
214-544-4630  |  McKinneyPerformingArtsCenter.org

Funded in part by City of McKinney Arts CommissionThis event is funded in part by the City of McKinney Arts Commission, with great thanks from the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.  Sponsorship support for this event was also provided by Kim Roulias Realty

< class="art-postheader">A Special Evening with Tim May & Steve Smith

A Special Evening with Tim May & Steve Smith
Friday February 22, 2019 at 7:15p

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

A great crowd of folks joined us for a special evening of music with Steve Smith & Tim May on Friday night, Feb. 22 2019, including a whole busload of folks from Temple Baptist Church in Flower Mound, Texas.  Mandolinist/vocalist Steve Smith and Nashville guitarist/vocalist Tim May brought us an evening of original, traditional, and swing music.  These two have collaborated in studio and on stages nationwide, and their show featured tight vocals and guitar, mandolin, octave mandolin, and twin mandolin works in a broad range of styles.  “The” Gerald Jones even stepped in to provide banjo accompaniment and his usual comic relief!

Cuts from Tim & Steve’s latest record, a tribute to the music of the Carter Family, were featured.  The duet album includes a swing version of Little Darlin’ Pal of Mine and a haunting acapella duet of Sailor Boy.  Over 250 songs were considered for the album, and the duo narrowed the selection down to their eight favorites.  Our thanks to Tim and Steve for an evening of terrific acoustic music.

< class="art-postheader">A Special Evening with Dennis W. Parker & Friends

A Special Evening with Dennis W. Parker & Friends
Friday January 18, 2019 at 7:15p

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

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A nice crowd joined us for an evening of music with Dennis W. Parker and friends on Friday night, Jan. 18 2019.  Dennis is a member of the GRAMMY-winning band Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder where he sings and plays guitar. Dennis has also played professionally with Lee Ann Womack, Tracy Lawrence, Joe Diffie, Mark Chesnutt, as well as others.

He is an amazing instrumentalist who has won state contests on fiddle, banjo, and guitar, and is also one of the most soulful vocalists in music today.  He brings his smooth, relaxed style to bluegrass, country, gospel, pop, and soul music and makes it enjoyable for everyone.

Dennis sang a wide range of songs made popular by artists such as James Taylor, Joe Diffie, the Stanley Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, and many more, and shared stories of his life journey and Christian walk.  He was joined on upright bass by Alan Tompkins and also by the Purple Hulls, Katy and Penny Clark, for several songs.  Dennis also asked Jessica Tompkins to join him on stage to sing Good Good Father.

< class="art-postheader">Bluegrass Heritage Festival

Bluegrass Heritage Festival logo

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BLUEGRASS HERITAGE FESTIVAL®
Friday – Sunday April 23 – 25, 2021

DoubleTree Dallas Hotel near the Galleria
4099 Valley View Lane, Dallas Texas 75244

artists scheduled to appear include

The Lonesome River Band (Saturday)  | The Byron Berline Band (Friday)
Breaking Grass (Saturday)  |  The Purple Hulls (Friday & Saturday)
Salt Creek (Saturday) Downtown String Band (Saturday)
Augusta Road (Saturday & Sunday)  |  Bluegrass Brethren (Sunday)
Riley Gilbreath & friends (Friday)

Make your hotel reservations today for our festival and jam weekend experience!  Check into the DoubleTree and stay all weekend!  Listen, jam, eat, and socialize with your old (and new) friends!  

At present, we have designated the festival showroom as “sold out” so that we may arrange seating in our new host hotel to be in compliance with Governor Abbott’s Executive Orders regarding COVID and to honor those who have already purchased reserved seats. If you already have tickets or are a sponsor, your tickets ARE GOOD and will be honored.  We may have a few seats available at the door, so come on out to jam and check in with us there.

Bluegrass Heritage Festival admission tickets include all performances, workshops, and “jam with the band” experiences.  Your ticket also includes the Sunday morning GOSPEL SING/SERVICE. 

Remember – even if you can’t get a ticket for the show, please plan to come stay at the hotel and join your bluegrass friends for jamming and fun!  And of course the Texas State Championship contests will be happening with no charge to attend!

Music is scheduled for 5-9:15p on Friday, 1-9:15p on Saturday, and 10:00-10:45a on Sunday morning.  We have several jam rooms so that festival attendees can jam all night long, and the DoubleTree has graciously agreed to let us jam in several areas around the hotel during the Festival! 

The Bluegrass Heritage Festival is about jamming!  We’ve made arrangements for “jam with the band” sessions where Festival attendees (wristband required) can participate in jam circles with some of the performing artists!  This is family-friendly fun you won’t want to miss!

Here’s the tentative schedule of artists scheduled to appear, activities, etc. (always subject to change):

Note:  As required by the Texas Governor’s current order, showroom seating will be spaced out (every other row open) with two empty seats between parties. Per Hilton hotel policy, masks are required in hotel public spaces. We must comply with applicable orders and regulations regarding COVID, and these can change at any time. Please don’t attend if you have COVID symptoms or have had recent COVID exposure.

Plan to arrive early on Friday for the Texas State Championships – banjo, mandolin, and guitar!  Watch for free or sign up and compete for cash prizes and a ticket to the National Championships in Winfield!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  Our Host Hotel  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

The DoubleTree Dallas Hotel near the Galleria has invitDoubletree Hotel Dallas near the Galleriaed us to fill the hotel with music and non-stop jamming!  Jamming rooms will be available and may be requested at check-in – so you can jam all night in your room!  The upper floors will be quiet floors for light sleepers.

DISCOUNTED ROOM RATES for the Championships and the Bluegrass Heritage Festival are now available at this link.  Our discounted rate is $90/night, which includes HOT BUFFET BREAKFAST FOR TWO each night.  The Foundation has partnered with the DoubleTree to make this weekend possible, and we need your help to make it workRooms booked through our links are the only ones that count toward our quota.  

You may also book by phone by calling (972) 385-9000 and asking for the BLUEGRASS rate.

Don’t miss the Sunday morning GOSPEL SING/SERVICE.


Bluegrass Heritage Festival Sponsors & Partners

 
The Voeller Law Firm
Julie & Mike Tucker
Doug & Sharon Hotalen, Supporters and Friends of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation
Staff Force, Friend and Supporter of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation
Liberty Chiropractic
Scott Owen, Supporter and Friend of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation
James & Ruby Norton
Kim Roulias Realty
Robert & Trista Hough
The City of Farmers Branch Texas
Alan & Julie Tompkins, Supporters and Friends of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation
 

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  You Can Be A Sponsor  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Become A Sponsor of the Bluegrass Heritage FestivalOur events simply could not happen without support from our sponsors.  Ticket sales alone rarely cover the band and show costs.  If you’d like to help and get valuable exposure for your business, we’d love to have you!  Sponsorships begin at $500 for the festival and include two VIP Sponsor tickets, two nights at the DoubleTree during the festival, and sponsor recognition from the stage and in the program, and more.  Please e-mail us (use the Contact page) if you would like to help!  Thank you!

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~  Frequently Asked Festival Questions  ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

How Does Ticketing Work?  We’re using our usual ticketing service, Brown Paper Tickets, so that you can select your own seats.  If you have difficulty, call them (24/7) at 1-800-838-3006.  Our folks have reported receiving excellent service.  If you are not satisfied, email us (use the Contact page).  We will take care of you.

Can I come and go at the Festival?  Of course. When you arrive at the hotel, check in with your ticket and get your wristband. The wristband will be your pass to get into the show and any/all workshops and “jam with the band” experiences. Parking is free, so come and go as you like.

Can kids come?  We always encourage young people to come and enjoy the music. Kids 15 and under will be admitted free for GENERAL ADMISSION seating with their parent or guardian.  All reserved seats are reserved for the ticket holder, so if you have reserved seats and want your kids to sit with you, they need reserved seat tickets as well. But your kids are welcome to sit with you in the general admission seating.

What about food and drinks?  The DoubleTree is a full-service hotel with an excellent restaurant and bar, and of course hotel guests may bring food into their rooms.  There are also dozens of restaurants within easy driving distance of the hotel.

Showroom Seating Policy.  Reserved seats are reserved for the reserved seat ticket holders at all times.  Your seat number will be shown on your reserved seat ticket, so please keep your reserved-seat festival ticket with you while you are in the showroom.  General admission seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  General admission seats that are not occupied may be used by anyone with a wristband. 

A festival wristband is required for all seats.  Please keep your wristband with you and visible at all times.  Any personal items left in GA seats more than 15 minutes may be removed by staff or other patrons.  BHF is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items, including musical instruments.  Instruments will not be allowed in the showroom seating area because they may inconvenience other attendees seated in the area.

Is there something other than the Festival for my family to enjoy?  Absolutely!  If you have family members who want to do something other than bluegrass, let them enjoy one of the other area attractions.  There’s plenty to do around the hotel, including a visit to Galleria Dallas – only a few blocks away.  The Farmers Branch Historical Park is a couple of miles to the west of the hotel on Ford Road.  Other shopping malls include Grapevine Mills, a few miles west (near DFW Airport) and the Sam Moon center.  North Park Mall, with Neiman Marcus, is a few miles to the south. 

Attractions like the Farmers Branch Rose Garden, Dallas Zoo, John F. Kennedy Memorial, Sixth Floor Museum, Dallas Museum of Art, Perot Museum of Nature and Science, Frontiers of Flight Museum, Cavanaugh Flight Museum, George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, Dallas World Aquarium, and Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Gardens are all within easy driving distance of the hotel.

< class="art-postheader">An Evening With Tim O’Brien

An Evening With Tim O’Brien
  Featuring Jan Fabricius and special guest Downtown String Band
Saturday November 4, 2017 at 7:00p

McKinney Performing Arts Center
111 N. Tennessee Street, McKinney, Texas  75069

Downtown String Band at MPACTim O'Brien & Jan Fabricius at MPAC
A great crowd was on hand to enjoy An Evening With Tim O’Brien, a special evening of acoustic music by Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien featuring Jan Fabricius.  The opening act was the Downtown String Band, a Dallas-area band that highlights the bluegrass and traditional music of Gerald Jones, Hailey Sandoz, Michael Morrison, and Alan Tompkins.  Pictures from the show are available in our Special Events Photo Gallery.

About Tim O’Brien

Tim grew up singing in church and in school, and after seeing Doc Watson on TV, became a lifelong devotee of old time and bluegrass music.  Tim first toured nationally in the 1980’s with Colorado bluegrass band Hot Rize. Kathy Mattea scored a country hit with his song Walk The Way The Wind Blows in 1986, and soon artists like Nickel Creek and Garth Brooks covered his songs. Over the years, Tim has released 15 solo CDs and has collaborated with his sister Mollie O’Brien, songwriter Darrell Scott, and noted old time musician Dirk Powell.  He’s performed or recorded with Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, Bill Frisell, and Steve Martin, and produced records for Yonder Mountain Stringband, David Bromberg, and Canada’s Old Man Luedecke.

O’Brien’s show featured his solid guitar, fiddle, and banjo, along with his engaging vocals and harmony from Jan Fabricius.  Listeners enjoyed a range of original compositions and traditional arrangements from Tim’s many albums, mixed with stories and Tim’s self-deprecating humor.

About McKinney Performing Arts Center

This was the first production by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation at the McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC), the multi-purpose theater in the historic Collin County Courthouse.  MPAC is the center of the McKinney, Texas historic district with a variety of restaurants and boutiques that make it the perfect destination for a Saturday of shopping, dining, and fun!

< class="art-postheader">Wylie Jubilee – Bluegrass on Ballard – July 1 2017

Wylie Jubilee – Bluegrass on Ballard – July 1 2017

Ballard Avenue, Downtown Wylie, Texas  75098

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The Wylie Jubilee – Bluegrass on Ballard was a great success again for our FIFTH big year, with all the music coming from the big stage in Olde City Park in historic downtown Wylie, Texas.  Thousands of folks enjoyed live bluegrass music as well as great food, a spectacular car show, pony rides, arts and crafts, and more – all free of charge.  Check our photo gallery for great event photos.

The musical lineup included IBMA Fiddler of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year Becky Buller, along with her all-star Becky Buller Band, Texas & Tennessee (with John R. Bowman, Steve Huber, Alan Tompkins, and Ron Inscore), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band, Robertson County Line, the Bethlehem Bluegrass Band, and Phil Ferguson & Texas True!

This event was made possible by Wylie Downtown Merchants Association, City of WylieNorth Texas Equestrian Center, the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, and many other fine sponsors.  Photos by Nathaniel Dalzell, Mark Porter, and Jeff Campbell.

< class="art-postheader">Taste the South means bluegrass music at Central Market Plano

Taste the South means bluegrass music at Central Market Plano

Mini-Music-Fest – Saturday May 20, 2017

Central Market Plano
320 Coit Road, Plano, Texas  75075

Taste the South means bluegrass music at Central Market Plano

Join us on Saturday May 20 for our Mini-Music-Fest!  Bobby Giles & Music Mountain and the Downtown String Band Trio (The Gerald Jones, Michael Morrison, and Alan Tompkins) will play alternating sets between 1-6p.  And you can savor the flavors of the south – from pulled pork BBQ to Carolina Gold rice pudding.

On Friday evening, May 19, J. D. Duffee plays at 6:30p for a private dinner with guest Chef Sandra Gutierrez.  Register online through the Plano Cooking School.

The Gerald Jones plays on Thursday evening, May 25 from 5-7p at Stroll the South, with complimentary samplings throughout the store. 

Free music and great food!  Come join us at Central Market Plano in May!

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