Saturday, February 6, 2010

Mark Your Calendars: Shorty's Strickly Bluegrass Festival

Shorty's Strickly Bluegrass Festival is one of my favorite bluegrass events and it's coming up the first weekend in March.

5th Annual Shorty's Strickly Bluegrass Festival (2010) flyer

This will be my third year attending the festival, which is held annually in East Peoria, Illinois. Shorty, the festival's promoter, puts together a great event with as much emphasis on jamming as on performances. (Take that, Chicago Bluegrass & Blues Festival, with your broken promises of jamming!)

The best way to enjoy the festival is to book a room at the Stoney Creek Inn (where Shorty has arranged a festival discount) so you can take advantage of the round-the-clock jamming areas. The lodge itself is a comfortable timber-themed kind of place and the staff is very festival-friendly.

This year's performers:

Cross-posted at J.R.'s Banjo Hangout blog

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