The Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival will run at the Tunbridge World's Fairgrounds in Tunbridge, VT from June 23 - 26, 2016. Founded in 2000 and first held at the Weston Town Park, in Weston, VT, Jenny Brook soon outgrew the venue, moving to Tunbridge in 2009, where it has continued to grow in audience while consistently improving its lineup. Jenny Brook has now become a go-to festival in New England, drawing fans from as far away as Tennessee and Florida to participate in the legendary jamming held their, relish the stunning central Vermont scenery, and enjoy the superb regional and national bands. This year, with the addition of Rosewood Sound, it will also feature great acoustic sound for it's mostly traditional bluegrass music offerings. This year's lineup features two bands whose leaders are in the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and numerous winners of IBMA and SPBGMA Awards. While this blog seeks to hit the highlights of this fine festival, Candi Sawyer has spent years developing her very comprehensive site, and I urge you to visit and study it for more details.
Bob Amos & Catamount Crossing
Lonesome River Band
Claire Lynch Band
Mike Andes & Tony Shorter
David Parmley & the Cardinal Tradition
The Del McCoury Band
Roger Williams & Amy Gallatin
The Bluegrass University - In recent years, a group of New England's best professional musicians has offered teaching sessions at major festivals under the name of The Bluegrass University. This year, the University will again be at Jenny Brook with a strong lineup of teachers. They will host the Thursday evening jam at Sugar Shack Jam, leader Tony Watt will introduce the teaching staff. they'll play a few songs, and then lead evening's large group jam. There is a small charge for participation in the lessons to be offered on Saturday afternoon.
In these days when almost everyone can hardly live without an electronic device, a charging station will be available at the general general store.
Food Vendors - A wide variety of food vendors is available on the grounds at Jenny Brook. When you get tired of your own cooking or just want a change, you'll find the usual fare plus some excellent surprises, including a fine fried fish vendor. I continue to wish that bluegrass festival promoters would supply and bluegrass fans would support a few healthy food alternatives at festivals.