Wintergrass 2016

We have been attending the Wintergrass Music Festival for nine or ten years now, first when it was in Tacoma and for the past seven years, in Bellevue. If you are thinking about sitting outside on a hay bale watching the local bluegrass group, think again. The Bellevue Hyatt Regency bends over backwards to make this a first class, enjoyable experience for everyone.

Better accommodations than a tent

Better accommodations than a tent

Warm and dry in February

Warm and dry in February

Four stages

Four stages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each year the festival hosts about thirty bands. Wintergrass  started out with a primary focus on Bluegrass but has evolved over the years to include a wide variety of traditional and roots music as well as groups with an international flavor.

Noam Pikelny near the end of his One Man, One Banjo, One Joke Tour

Noam Pikelny near the end of his One Man, One Banjo, One Joke Tour

Trout Steak Revival from Denver

Trout Steak Revival from Denver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of my favorite things about the Hyatt’s location is that my favorite dumpling restaurant, Din Tai Fung, is right across the skybridge. This year one of Lorette’s knitting friends, Dorothy, and her husband, Bill, joined us for the weekend. It was only fair that we made stopping here a priority.

Hot and Sour Soup and shrimp dumplings

Hot and Sour Soup and shrimp dumplings

Dorothy and Lorette

Dorothy and Lorette

Bill and John

Bill and John

Quite a few of the people attending bring their own instruments so there are impromptu jams everywhere.

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No age limit for getting in on the fun

No age limit for getting in on the fun

Bill with his banjo and Dorothy with her autoharp join a jam session

Bill with his banjo and Dorothy with her autoharp join a jam session

 

There are a lot of restaurants in the neighborhood with happy hours. We found that was an inexpensive way to get some good grub between shows.

A Martini and cheeseburger. Why not? I'm on vacation!

A Martini and cheeseburger. Why not?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who says seared Ahi doesn't go with Bluegrass?

Who says seared Ahi doesn’t go with Bluegrass?

Yet another advantage of living in the Pacific Northwest: steamed mussels

Yet another advantage of living in the Pacific Northwest: steamed mussels

Characters welcome…

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This guy was playing for a beer

This guy was playing for his beer

If you want to check out a new instrument, this would be the place

If you want to check out a new instrument, this would be the place

Dorothy trying out a new autoharp at the booth of the guy who made hers

Dorothy trying out a new autoharp at the booth of the guy who made hers

And here it is... the ubiquitous sock picture (with the guy who made Dorothy's autoharp

And here it is… the ubiquitous sock picture (Lorette with the guy who made Dorothy’s autoharp)

Oh, right, we were there for the music. Here are just two of the many acts we were able to see over the weekend.

The Bombadils from Montreal were one of my favorites

The Bombadils from Montreal were one of my favorites

And back for their fourth year, Väsen from Sweden

And back for their fourth year, Väsen from Sweden

That strange looking instrument is a nyckelharpa in case you were wondering

That strange looking instrument is a nyckelharpa in case you were wondering

And so ends another weekend of good music and good food with good friends.

View from our hotel. You can't see Russia from here but you CAN see Seattle.

View from our hotel. You can’t see Russia from here but you CAN see Seattle and the Olympic Mountains.

 

 

Comments

Wintergrass 2016 — 1 Comment

  1. Outstanding!
    Another wonderful uplifting life experience exquisitely documented. Thank YOU👏👏