Eric & Leigh Gibson Bring Home IBMA’s Vocal Group and Album of the Year

HelpMyBrotherLeigh and Eric Gibson's "Bluegrass Spring" bloomed into summer at the IBMA awards in sunny Nashville tonight. A win for Vocal Group of the Year came first. Joe Newberry's Singing As We Rise was used in both the nomination announcement and the background music after the win. With Leigh and Eric's intertwining double tenor harmonies on the song and Ricky Skaggs doubling bass and baritone Read more [...]

Catching IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Events from New York

If you aren't heading to Nashville for IBMA's World of Bluegrass events, there are at least two easy ways to keep up without leaving the comfort of your computer. Blogger Ted Lehmann (who spent the first years of his life in the building where I live!) has already posted a thorough preview. Follow him on Facebook for new posts as the Business Conference, Awards Show and Fan Fest unfold. He's a persuasive writer. You may just decide to go. Read more [...]

First Annual Washington Square Park Folk Festival!

wsFolkPoster-411x640Peter Stampfel's Facebook Page! Next weekend looks HUGE for oldtime and bluegrass fans! It's a first-rate lineup! Sat. Sept 17 2:00—6:00pm: The Calamity Janes, Feral Foster, East River String Band and The Whiskey Spitters Sun. Sept 18 2:00—7:00pm: Bob Malenky, The Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues, The Dust Busters, Willie Gantrim and Peter Stampfel Read more [...]

Inaugural Bluegrass in the Park in Madison Square Park, Sept. 17, 12:30-6:30

madsqaremusicIf you haven't made it to a bluegrass festival yet this year, you are in luck. Studio Series has lined up some top-shelf acts from the bluegrass world. The Nashville Bluegrass Band, who kicked off the Emelin Bluegrass Series last year and just played the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival close the day's program. Their return to the heart of Manhattan, let alone the northeast this soon is a real treat. (I also spied Read more [...]

Sunday Aug. 14th is Banjo Jim’s last night. Really.

Sadly, Banjo Jim's is closing...This from Ky Hote at Banjo Jim's: "Well we really didn't want to go out like Kiss doing multiple Farewell tours (thanks Sam for that analogy!), but due to legal tangles, our closing date moved back to Monday, August 15th. We were helping all our booked gigs find other venues to play at, so now we've had some last minute friends come in this week for Special Farewell Shows! Read more [...]