Thursday, June 9, 2011

Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival, Tunbridge, VT - Preview



The gates to the Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival open at 9:00 AM on Wednesday morning June 22nd  at the Tunbridge World's Fair Grounds in Tunbridge, VT for the eleventh season of this delightful bluegrass event. The music officially begins at 12:15 on Thursday with Mathew Sawyer singing the National Anthem supported by his family's band, The Sawyer Brothers.  

Mathew Sawyer
  
Adam Sawyer

National bands headlining the event this year include Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, The Grascals, and The Gibson Brothers. Other major national acts are Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, David Davis & The Warrior River Boys, The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band, The Boxcars, and Darin & Brooke Aldridge. But don't expect Jenny Brook to be merely an accumulation of stars and headliners.  This festival is filled with regional bands notable for their high quality as well as local bands, each of which add distinction and fine music to the mix.  Meanwhile, around the grounds hundred of pickers engage in jamming until the wee hours of the morning while workshops teach, kids attend the Kids Academy, friends gather to eat and reminisce, and, when the weather's hot, the small, cool First Branch of the White River which runs along the edge of the fairgrounds provides a small beach suitable for taking a dip or sunning.

Camping Along the White River

At the Beach


The Lineup

Thursday
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

The Grascals
Jamie Johnson

Kristin Scott Benson

Terry Smith & Terry Eldredge

 12:30 PM ~ 1:15 PM OFFICIAL SHOW OPENING WITH SAWYER BROTHERS
1:20 PM ~ 2:05 PM JUNIOR BARBER & BEARTRACKS
2:10 PM ~ 2:55 PM BEAR MINIMUM
3:00 PM ~ 3:45 PM BRENDA MATHEWS & FRIENDS
3:50 PM ~ 4:35 PM RHONDA VINCENT & THE RAGE
4:40 PM ~ 5:25 PM GRASCALS
5:30 PM ~ 6:30 PM SUPPER BREAK
6:30 PM ~ 7:15 PM JUNIOR BARBER & BEARTRACKS
7:20 PM ~ 8:05 PM TENNESSEE MAFIA JUG BAND
8:05 PM ~ 8:10 PM RAFFLE
8:10 PM ~ 9:05 PM RHONDA VINCENT
9:10 PM ~ 9:55 PM GRASCALS

Friday
David Davis & the Warrior River Boys

The Boxcars
Adam Steffey

Ron Stewart

Keith Garrett

 Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

 10:00 AM ~ 10:45 AM NEWFOUND GRASS
10:50 AM ~ 11:35 AM BEAR MINIMUM
11:40 AM ~ 12:25 PM DAVID DAVIS & WARRIOR RIVER BOYS
12:30 PM ~ 1:15 PM BLUEGRASS UNIVERSITY INSTRUCTOR BAND
1:20 PM ~ 2:05 PM BOXCARS
2:10 PM ~ 2:55 PM TENNESSEE MAFIA JUG BAND
3:00 PM ~ 3:45 PM MICHAEL CLEVELAND
3:50 PM ~ 4:35 PM NEWFOUND GRASS
4:40 PM ~ 5:25 PM BEAR MINIMUM
5:30 PM ~ 6:30 PM SUPPER BREAK 6:00 PM
6:35 PM ~ 7:20 PM THE SETH SAWYER BAND
7:25 PM ~ 8:10 PM DAVID DAVIS & WARRIOR RIVER BOYS
8:10 PM ~ 8:15 PM RAFFLE
8:15 PM ~ 9:10 PM BOXCARS
9:15 PM ~ 10:00 PM MICHAEL CLEVELAND
Sugar House Has Hot Mustard performing Tonight
Stop by and join in on the fun. Coffee is hot!

SATURDAY
The Tennessee Mafia Jug Band

Leroy Troy & Lester Armistead

Darin & Brooke Aldridge

The Gibson Brothers
Eric Gibson

 Leigh Gibson

 10:00 AM ~ 10:45 AM HOT MUSTARD
10:50 AM ~ 11:35 AM WHITE MOUNTAIN BLUEGRASS
11:40 AM ~ 12:25 PM TENESSEE MAFIA JUG BAND
12:30 PM ~ 1:15 PM BOXCARS
1:20 PM ~ 2:05 PM DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE
2:10 PM ~ 2:55 PM GIBSON BROTHERS 
3:00 PM ~ 3:45 PM THE SETH SAWYER BAND (with special guests)
3:50 PM ~ 4:35 PM HOT MUSTARD
4:40 PM ~ 5:25 PM WHITE MOUNTAIN BLUEGRASS
5:30 PM ~ 6:30 PM DINNER BREAK
6:35 PM ~ 7:20 PM DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE
7:25 PM ~ 8:10 PM TENESSEE MAFIA JUG BAND
8:15 PM ~ 8:20 PM RAFFLES
8:25 PM ~ 9:10 PM BOXCARS
9:15 PM ~ 10:00 PM GIBSON BROTHERS
Sugar House has Newfound Grass peforming Tonight
Stop by and join in on the fun. Coffee is hot!

SUNDAY

Sunday Gospel Sing w/ Mike and Mary Robinson

Jenny Brook Kids

9:00 AM GOSPEL SING w/Mike & Mary Robinson
10:00 AM ~ 10:30 AM JENNY BROOK KIDS No Master Workshops Today
10:35 AM ~ 11:20 AM JB CHOICE AWARD WINNERS
11:25 AM ~ 12:10 PM WHITE MOUNTAIN BLUEGRASS
12:15 PM ~ 1:00 PM DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE 


Now at the Tunbridge World's Fair Grounds for the third year, Jenny Brook has consistently sought to use the flexibility provided by this lovely setting to increase the opportunities for making music in formal and informal ways.  This year a new feature will be offered: The Tony Watts Bluegrass University.  Tony Watts, well known bluegrass picker and teacher has been spearheading the Jenny Brook Kids.  This year, in addition to the Kids Academy, he will be offering, at an extra cost,  a series of instrumental classes taught by some of New England's finest musicians.  Click the link above for a list of teachers, information about the design, and the costs.  These classes will be designed to fit your particular needs as a developing musician. 
  
Tony Watt

Jenny Brook Kids on Stage



Tony Watt, with the assistance of Sam Stambler, will also be directing the Jenny Brook Kids Academy, which will meet for rehearsals on Friday and Saturday with a final rehearsal and a performance on the main stage on Sunday. This program, which is free to all children of school age and open regardless of ability, provides parents with the knowledge that their children are involved in constructive activities for at least parts of each day.  It also gives children a good start toward playing bluegrass instruments with others.  Aaron Foster, a graduate of this program, will be entering his second year in the bluegrass program at East Tennessee State University next year.  For information about registration and hours, check here.

Aaron Foster Jamming with Friends
Darin & Brooke Aldridge Festival - NC
 
Once again, Michelle Cannning, also a graduate of the Jenny Brook Kids Academy, will be hosting the Grass Seeds Stage under a gazebo toward the back of the fairgrounds. Bands formed in the field while jamming or developing bands are invited to compete at the Gazebo for the Jenny Brook Choice Award.  The winning band earns a set on the Main Stage on Sunday.  While there is no guarantee, last year's winning band "Hot Mustard" earned an invitation to play a paid gig at this year's festival.  You can find additional information in the festival booklet  and at the link above.

The Gazebo Stage

Hostess Michelle Canning
Beyond formal opportunities to learn and perform, Jenny Brook is loved throughout the region by those seeking opportunities to jam together long into the night.  There's an organized jam at the Sugar Shack, a building where delicious maple delicacies, including breakfast, ice cream, and maple sugar are sold during the day, hosted by one of the performing bands on Friday and Saturday night after the show on the Main Stage closes.  Beyond that, jams spring up all over the grounds all day and all night long.  Bring your instrument with you and join in the fun.

Workshops
 
A full schedule of workshops is listed on the lineup.  The workshop stage, in a shaded show ring, provides a comfortable spot for members of bands performing at the festival can conduct workshops.  This year Ron Stewart, Michael Cleveland, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, The Gibson Brothers and others will present workshops as scheduled.  Be sure to head back to the workshop stage for some help improving on your instrument.



Jamming at Jenny Brook





Tickets and Camping
Unfortunately, at this date early bird ticketing is completed.  A four day pass may be obtained at the gate for $85.00. Junior tickets for 17 and 18 year olds are half price, and children 16 and under are admitted free.  A Schedule of day ticket prices can be found here.  Camping in the rough is free for those holding a four day pass.  Sites with water and electricity cost $20.00 per day.  The gates open at 9:00 A.M on Wednesday and there is an additional $10.00 fee for those arriving early.  A dump station ticket costs $20.00.  Free showers, flush toilets, and a dumping station are all available. For early arrivals there's a pot-luck supper that's always tasty and fun followed by a barn dance featuring old time country music and dancing.



The Tunbridge World's Fair Grounds provide a delightful rural environment for a bluegrass festival.  Camp sites are varied with some overlooking the entire grounds, while others are huddled together among the show buildings, and still more are secluded along the river. 










A variety of carefully chosen vendors offer a range of food choices to please most anyone.  The Sugar Shack, a concession of the Fairgrounds offers full breakfasts as well as snacks and ice cream as well.




Don't forget to stop at the Jenny Brook Store for t-shirts and other festival memorabilia. It's located right next the bands' merchandise tables.  Remember that the best way to support bands is to purchase their CD's, hats, t-shirts, and so-on directly from them at the festival.

How to Get to the Jenny Brook Festival


Tunbridge Fairgrounds are conveniently located in Tunbridge, VT between Interstate Highways 91 and 89. People arriving via Interstate 89 headed south should NOT take exit 3 because there's a low clearance overpass along the road to the fairgrounds.  

The Jenny Brook Family Bluegrass Festival is an event with something for almost anyone who loves bluegrass music.  Come on out and join the fun. 
Your Hosts
Candi Sawyer

Seth Sawyer