There can only be one king. When it comes to music festivals promoting JamGrass, the newly appointed king is Northwest String Summit.
2014 marks the 14th edition of the annual festival hosted by Yonder Mountain String Band, scheduled July 17-20. In addition to three nights with the hosts, this years lineup will include Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, The Infamous Stringdusters, Steep Canyon Rangers, sit-ins galore, and many more with acts to be announced. These bands continue the legacy of such acts as Hot Rize Reunion, Old And In The Gray, Del McCoury, Chris Thile, Emmitt-Nershi, Keller & The Keels, and Leftover Salmon.
Located just a half hour outside of Portland in North Plains, Oregon, Northwest String Summit calls Horning’s Hideout home. Nestled among rolling hills, forests, and a peaceful county setting, Horning’s Hideout offers fans an opportunity to relax, pick, trout fish, play disc golf, and camp without ever starting their engine. In addition to Northwest String Summit, The String Cheese Incident holds an annual festival on these grounds.
John Hartford Memorial Festival – added to the poll after failing to earn nominations following significant write-in support – finished second. The bronze medal goes to Yonder’s Southeastern festival, Mulberry Mountain Harvest Music Festival. Other notable vote totals were received for The Aiken Bluegrass Festival, DelFest, and The Festy Experience. Twenty one additional events received at least one write-in vote.
It should be noted that all of the individuals voted into the inaugural JamGrassers Band will be performing at the 2014 Northwest String Summit. Help JamGrass.net influence the festival organizers, Yonder’s Ben Kauffman, The Dusters’ Chris Pandolfi & Andy Falco, Greensky’s Paul Hoffman & Anders Beck, and Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone to organize a slot for the JamGrassers by leaving a comment on this post. Give the people what they want!