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.
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.
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.
Quite a few of the people attending bring their own instruments so there are impromptu jams everywhere.
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.
Oh, right, we were there for the music. Here are just two of the many acts we were able to see over the weekend.
And so ends another weekend of good music and good food with good friends.