It's time again for one of my favorite events of the year!
Hope to see you there...
DUSTY STRINGS OPEN HOUSE -- SATURDAY, DEC. 6TH
Free live music all day long!
Celebrate the holidays with this free, festive Saturday gathering, featuring a full day of performances by outstanding Northwest musicians. Step into the Music School "Red Room" between sets and help yourself to hot cider, coffee, and a mountain of freshly baked cookies and treats. It's our way of saying thank you to our customers, friends, and the music community at large. Stop by anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. to share some holiday cheer.
11:00 - When Shall We Three. Unabashedly unplugged. The When Shall We Three explore American Music from bluegrass and sea shanties to blues. This vocal band arranges their music organically by singing, more singing and singing along. The band was formed through chance meetings at Dusty Strings workshops and is comprised of Melanie Miller, Anna Winter and Machelle Allman.
12:00 - All Strings Considered, presents a delightful mix of mandolin, hammered dulcimer, guitar, and fiddle, performing traditional fiddle tunes to classical and early music. Their new CD A Place in the Heart was recently featured on NPR's Inland Folk. Musicians Tanya Lawson, Connie Celustka, and Sherry Krebs perform and teach in Central Washington and are based in Wenatchee.
1:00 - Loose Digits. A tight acoustic band inspired by the sounds of David Grisman, Gillian Welch, Tim O'Brien, combined with bluegrass instrumentation, vocals, and dynamics. These Phinney Ridge locals stand out with their accomplished instrumentals, voices, and commitment to listen to each other (and not quit their day jobs.)
2:00 - Steve Cheseborough re-creates the blues and hokum of the 1920s-30s, interspersing the songs with stories, history and humor. He sounds like Blind Lemon Jefferson or Bo Carter playing, with Alan Lomax moderating and Groucho Marx adding comments. The author of Blues Traveling: the Holy Sites of Delta Blues and one of the stars of Last of the Mississippi Jukes, Cheseborough has the uncanny ability to turn any setting into a 1925 Mississippi juke joint.
3:00 - Jellyrollers sing that good-old-days blues about lost love, trains, and feeling bad (but the music makes you feel good). Darren Lucas plays guitar and Sean Divine harmonica; together they bring the house down. Don't miss this show!
4:00 - Super Sones play acoustical dance music of the Cuban countryside known as son. This is the music that inspired modern salsa dancing. Experience the infectious rhythm and groove that inspires people to move and celebrate.
5:00 - Captain Gravel. Co-founders Chad Gibson (guitar) and Miller McNay (mandolin) explore bluegrass-roots music. Together with their long time multi-instrumentalist Michael Connolly, drummer Ben Wieczorek, and Seattle native Keith Judelman on bass, they push the boundaries of traditional interpretation. Original compositions highlight their set with new sounds that hint of swing, blues and rockabilly.
6:00 - Rachel Harrington with Zak Borden. Rachel Harrington and Zak Borden play American roots music with subtle mandolin/guitar picking and tight old-time harmonies. Fresh off a two and a half month tour of Europe, Rachel has a new CD, City of Refuge, which has enjoyed stellar reviews, airplay nationwide including Starbucks, and features a stellar cast including Zak, Tim O'Brien, Pieta Brown and others.
7:00 - Blue 4 Trio. Casey MacGill's Blue 4 Trio performs music from the twenties to the fifties. At the core of their sound lie beautiful three-part harmonies, ukulele, bass and smooth percussion. This music swings in a cool style that proves serious music comes in little acoustical packages.
8:00 - Canote Brothers. Greg and Jere see themselves as links in the chain of musical brother duets like the Stanley Brothers, the Blue Sky Boys, Sam and Kirk Mcgee or the Everlys. They are always amazed by the possibilities of a fiddle and a guitar, (and those genetically matched voices). While having one foot firmly planted in the traditions of American Roots music, they certainly have an ear tuned to the novel and the quirky - as one reviewer put it, "Their songs all have the ring of cock-eyed classics!"