Friday, February 23, 2024

The Seventeenth Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival Comes To Cashmere


Kick start your bluegrass summer with the Seventeenth Annual Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival (WRBF), June 14th, 15th and 16th, featuring superstar bluegrass bands that will put the kick in your bluegrass start.  The Seventeenth Annual extraordinary line up goes like this…. 


Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, is IBMA's most awarded "Fiddle Player of the Year" with 11 wins, has won Instrumental "Recorded Performance of the Year" six times and fronts their "5-Time Instrumental Group of the Year". Michael is also a 2018 Inductee to the National Fiddler Hall of Fame.


Mile Twelve, is highly regarded for their musicianship, material, and energy. With a sound fresh and innovative, yet rooted in a solid foundation of bluegrass, they move easily among traditional bluegrass classics, original material, and interpretations of pop music classics.


Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, "is a high energy, high mountain, bluegrass explosion", with powerful vocals, tight harmonies and musicianship to match.  They are a bluegrass force to be reckoned with.  Their fiery style and lightning fast licks have earned them fans worldwide.


Ned Crisp & Bottomline, is a five-piece, high-energy band that takes pride in their tight, four-part harmony vocals encompassing the traditional, contemporary, and gospel sounds of bluegrass, with solid rhythm, silky smooth lead work, and consistently tight harmonies. 


Modern Tradition, is an energetic new band of accomplished musicians that blends the bluegrass music of their roots with their own unique flavor. They construct well-rounded and artistically diverse sound. This band is sure to keep your toes tapping.


Rusty Hinges Bluegrass, grew out of the bluegrass jam circles at local PNW festivals. Their music is a blend of traditional and contemporary bluegrass and Americana. Their collective experience results in a musical program that is polished and entertaining.


Roosevelt Road, is a band of well experienced musicians bringing decades of experience and styles including  Bluegrass, Americana and Gospel music to the Northwest. 


Go ahead, kick start your June, with bluegrass delivered direct to you from the Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival!  Main Stage Shows begin at 4:00pm Friday and Saturday.


For those of you not quite ready for the high speed jam sessions heard all over the grounds, our Slow Jam is the place to practice your chops and learn how to maneuver a jam session and maximize your enjoyment picking with other folks and meeting new bluegrass friends!


Step out and experience what it’s like to perform in a band in our fun and relaxed Band Scramble.  


To round out the festival experience, we have a team of young performers lead by Jake Monroe, signed on to instruct our youth instrument workshops, Taylor’s Camp. Taylor’s Camp is designed to perpetuate the tradition of passing our bluegrass heritage to the next generation.  For our Adult Instrument Workshops, learn some new tricks and tips to amuse and amaze even you, from the top notch musicians of our headliner bands! 


Wake up Sunday with the Sunday Morning Gospel Show featuring Roosevelt Road, Rusty Hinges Bluegrass, and Ned Crisp & Bottomline.


We will have food and merchandise vendors available, for when you need some nourishment to keep going or a souvenir to take home with you as a reminder of all the fun and enjoyment. 


Camping opens Monday, June 10th and is the best in a bluegrass community experience. Prices can be found on the website: Thursday campers are invited to the Meet and Greet Luau.  Just look for the Hawaiian camp!


The Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival (WRBF) located at the Chelan County Expo Center, 5700 Wescott Ave, Cashmere, WA, is put on by the good folks of the Cashmere Community Concerts.  Each year the WRBF brings new folks over the mountains to experience the beauty of our great region.  A scenic drive through some of Washington’s most breathtaking areas, it encompasses everything an outdoor enthusiast could want, hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, golf (several courses), fly fishing, mountain climbing and river rafting.  For information on additional events and camping call 509-421-0494 or visit our website at:








    4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

   Modern Tradition

    5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

   Ned Crisp & Bottomline

    6:00 p.m. – 6:45 p.m.

   Jeff Scroggins & Colorado


  Auction – Weber Bitterroot Mandolin – Donated by Helen Forrestal

In Memory of Pat Forrestal

    7:15 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

   Mile Twelve

    8:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

   Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

9:30 p.m. - ???  Jam Time in the Campground (Campground is a “Wristband Area Only”)




8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Taylor’s Camp - Final Half (Back Porch Stage)

(Part 2 of the 2 day Instrument Workshop for Kids – Jake Monroe Instructor)

11:00 a.m. to 12 Noon - Instrument Workshops

12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. - Youth Showcase Performance (Mountain Stage)

1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. - Clawhammer Banjo Workshop w/ Martha Stone (Flag Gazebo)

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Band Scramble (Mountain Stage)


    4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

   Modern Tradition

        Taylor Camp Kids On Stage & TC Scholarship Awards

    5:15 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Mile Twelve

    6:15 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

   Ned Crisp & Bottomline


  Auction – SMI Guitar Donated by Jerry Samples & Joyce Garrett

    7:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado

    8:30 p.m. – 9:45 p.m.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

9:45 p.m. - ???  Jam Time in the Campground (Campground is a “Wristband Area Only”)



SUNDAY JUNE 16th GOSPEL SHOW  10:00 a.m. – 12 Noon (Mary Starr Stage)

Roosevelt Road

Rusty Hinges

Ned Crisp & Bottomline



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