Well, Hello 2016! My, my, my…. you are lookin’ mighty fine! We are SO thrilled that you’ve finally come and we’re so very eager for our 15th Anniversary party this summer! There’s all kinds of booking and planning happening here at NWSS Central and we are ecstatic to share some of the amazing talent and other news on tap for this summer’s event.
Our perennial musically-gifted hosts Yonder Mountain String Band will once again perform THREE incredible nights of music and are sure to have tons of incredible surprises in store for you. Back for their eighth NWSS, our good buddies and core family at Greensky Bluegrass will bring TWO unforgettable nights of music, which are sure to be off the chain! It wouldn’t be right if we didn’t get our dear friends at Leftover Salmon back out for this special anniversary with TWO nights of some polyethnic-cajun-slamgrass this year, and we wholeheartedly welcome back our brothers Railroad Earth and The Steep Canyon Rangers, each for one special night of music. Keller Williams is back for TWO nights with more of his NEW and incredible projects: Keller Williams With More Than A Little to funk up a late night under the tent AND a Keller Williams’ Grateful Gospel with special guests set that has made some headlines and will set our souls straight and shinin’ come Sunday morning. The Infamous Stringdusters are core family that brought us some of the happiest highlights of 2015, and they will be doing TWO nights again! PDX locals that have made themselves right at home at Horning’s Hideout, Fruition and the Shook Twins, will both have TWO nights of spectacular shows this year. We welcome back The Brothers Comatose, Taarka, and the one and only Danny Barnes who will no doubt bring some weird, wild, and AMAZING sets that only Danny could conjure up. Some newcomers that we are extremely excited to welcome aboard are Seattle’s funk masters, Polyrhythmics; Cello virtuoso, Ben Sollee; East Coast acoustic rockers, Cabinet (Two Nights); one of the hottest flat pickers around, Billy Strings (Two Nights); Austin, TX pickers Wood & Wire (Two Nights); the Midwest’s own Horseshoes & Hand Grenades; the PNW’s Lowest Pair and Rabbit Wilde; and last year’s band competition winner, John Craigie.
How can it get any better? Don’t worry, it will! There are so many more to be announced, so stay tuned!