A THANK YOU
I just wanted to thank each of you for your spirited musical
contributions to this past weekend's Oregon Folklife Festival in
Corvallis. There are many I can't thank personally as I do not have
e-mail addresses (like Knotthead, Mark, and the youth contingency from
Eugene that showed up at central Park today), so I ask you to extend the
thanksyous around for me on behalf of the OBA as well as the SMB. The
festival organizers had asked us to muster up some sort of bluegrass
representation, and I think we all came thru with a good delivery.
As bluegrass music in Oregon pretty much started in Corvallis, it was
most heartening to see such a presence represented by such fine talent in
this nice little city. Many "points" were scored for our music, many new
fans gained (I received so many favorable comments from the audiences and
innocent bystanders). The OBA was well represented with a table manned
by David Hargraves. And his son, young Alex, wowed audiences with his
fiddling genius. I appreciated Alex coming up on stage at the Majestic
Theater during our set and knocking 'em dead with some fine bow work.
The afterhours jam at the Old World Deli (long a bastion for bluegrass
shows) last night saw a good long jam with a variety of contributions
from dobro to maracas. Perfect weather made for good street jams and
shows, and a fine finale at the park this afternoon with at least three
seperate bluegrass jams going simultaneously. I even saw "dudes on
skateboards" stopped in their tracks to watch and listen. Cool!
Lets hope that the Corvallis downtown merchants were happy with the
results. They were certainly kind to us. And I hope this event will
continue with a repeat performance next year.
Again, thanks to you all for fitting in a visit to Corvallis on this very
busy bluegrass weekend.
Bluegrass Rules, Drive it Home!