Ticket sales brisk for Susanville Bluegrass Festival
Picking and grinning with new and old friends may have been a highlight of the Susanville Bluegrass Festival for some folks, but for others, it’s all about the singing. Photos by Sam Williams
Whether you come for the world-class bluegrass music, the air-conditioned quilting room, the jam class or the affordable camping — just come down to the fairgrounds June 22 to 24, and you’re sure to enjoy the fun, food and festivities.
You can even bring your furry pets!Although the music festival takes place on the weekend, camping is available beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, June 18.
The fairground facilities feature grass areas and large shade trees.
There are more than 75 RV hook-up sites with water and power and plenty of room for tent camping.
Quilters have a special place just for them at the Susanville Bluegrass Festival — a large, air conditioned room, with stage music piped in so they don’t miss a thing.
Quilters will be able to set up sewing machines and lay out projects beginning Monday and work on them at their leisure until Sunday.
This resonator guitar — often mistakenly referred to as a Dobro, a popular brand of resonator guitar — contributes one of the great sounds in bluegrass music.
Tables and chairs are provided, and there are plenty of outlets in the nearly 3,000 square foot room.
If you missed the popular jamming class hosted by Rick Sparks last year, you have another chance this year to learn how to jam in a non-threatening atmosphere.
If you play guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, bass or Dobro you can be part of a bluegrass jam. All skill levels are welcome.
Classes run from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21 through Saturday, June 23 and from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday, June 24.
Festival admission is required in addition to class fees, which are $60 in advance, $70 on site or$20 for a single two-hour session.
If you register early, you’ll get the best rate and receive in advance by mail a full jamming information packet.
For more information about the class and to register, visit drbanjo.com/classes, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 720-240-9801.
|This 1914 F-4 Gibson mandolin with its unusual round sound hole produces a brighter sound preferred by many bluegrass traditionalists. While still highly collectable, the F-4s don’t bring anything close to the six figures one would have to pay for a Thomas Loar designed F-5 (with an f-hole like a violin) produced by Gibson between 1922 and 1924.|
There will also be a special jam session for children who wish to perform selected songs in the evening on Friday and Saturday.
More information and sign-ups will be available at the event.
The organizers of the Susanville Bluegrass Festival strive to provide the best possible bluegrass they can find, whether it’s national touring bands such as Blue Highway, James King and The Chapmans, or regional bands such as The David Thom Band, Windy Hill and Anderson Family Bluegrass.
To listen to and learn more about the musical acts playing at this year’s festival, visit the event website at susanvillebluegrass.com.
While pets are welcome, there are simple rules that must be followed during the festival.
Dogs must be kept under control at all times and the owners must promptly clean up messes.
Pets must be on a leash while walking about and restrained while at a campsite.
If the pet owner cannot maintain control of the animal, they will be asked to leave.
No pets are allowed in the audience area.
Three day tickets for adults are: $40 advanced sale and $55 at the gate.
Three day tickets for teens are: $20 advanced sale and $25 at the gate.
Admission for children 12 and under is free with a paying adult.
Camping fees are $15 per night for both RV and tent camping.All camping is on a first come, first served basis.
Advance festival tickets are available by calling the fairground office at 251-8900, or download a ticket order form online at susanvillebluegrass.com.
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