WINTER BLUEGRASS WEEKEND HEADLINE CONCERTS
A Festival of Bluegrass & Old-Time Music & Dance
Friday-Sunday, March 1st to 3rd, 2013, Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, Plymouth MN
The highlight of the Winter Bluegrass Weekend is the Saturday Night Headline Concert. And this year will be extra special with the renowned Blue Highway coming to town. Get tickets now!
At the 17-year mark, Blue Highway is indisputably one of the most esteemed and influential groups in contemporary bluegrass. The band's nine exceptional albums and compelling live performances give proof to the stellar reviews, Grammy nominations, and numerous awards earned by the band since it first took the stage on December 31, 1994, with the same musicians that comprise Blue Highway today. With a deep bench of virtuosic songwriters, vocalists and instrumentalists, Blue Highway's hallmark is an unwavering commitment to the ensemble, the “democracy of the band” that makes Blue Highway a powerhouse.
Individually, Jason Burleson (banjo, guitar, mandolin), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Shawn Lane (mandolin, fiddle, vocals), Tim Stafford (guitar, vocals), and Wayne Taylor (bass, vocals) are masters of their respective roles. Together, in Stafford's words, they are “a democracy in the best sense of the word”: five gifted artists selflessly merging their talents into a seamlessly brilliant group sound. As a result, the band moves from strength to strength, more mature and impressive with each new album. Blue Highway also has five gifted writers in its ranks. Rob and Jason turn out the heart-pounding instrumentals, while Shawn, Tim and Wayne give Blue Highway a depth of songwriting talent unprecedented in sixty years of bluegrass bands.
With ten highly-acclaimed albums to its credit, Blue Highway has garnered two Grammy nominations, a Dove Award, topped the Bluegrass Unlimited radio charts, and won numerous International Bluegrass Music Association awards. Refusing to coast on past glories, Blue Highway continues to push its music to new levels of accomplishment. Artfully balanced between tradition and innovation, it remains in the forefront of contemporary bluegrass music.
There will be two headline concert showings, one at 7:00 PM (with special guest Alabaster Falls) and one at 9:30 pm (with special guest Ruby Magpie). Tickets for the headline concerts can be purchased separate from the daily and weekend festival tickets ($19 adult, $18 member, $10 teens & kids), or as part of the Bluegrass Lovers Package (includes weekend festival admission and one headline concert ticket) or the Bluegrass Extremists Package (includes weekend festival admission plus a ticket to both headline concerts). Advance tickets are recommended as both shows often sell out. Advance tickets can be purchased on our ticket page or by calling 800-635-3037 with Visa/MC/Discover.
To make the Winter Bluegrass Weekend a reality we will need to fill 140 volunteer shifts with many volunteers like you - people willing to do their part to make it happen. Would you be able to help us out for just a couple hours? Volunteers get preferential seating at the Saturday Night Headline Concerts. Pick your time and task on our volunteer page and email us your name for the schedule.
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