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Scott Tady, Beaver County Occasions
BIG BEAVER – Bluegrass followers will love this.
The January Ice Jam, a free, two-day indoor bluegrass music pageant, takes place this Friday and Saturday at a brand new and close by location, the Ramada by Wyndham Beaver Falls lodge.
“Bluegrass music, enjoyable, household, and custom ― that’s what makes the January Ice Jam the large success it has been for the previous 25 years,” Amy George, co-founder of the occasion, mentioned.
Held earlier years on the Days Inn in Butler County, which was bought final yr, the pageant strikes to the Wyndham Beaver Falls ballroom, at 7195 Eastwood Drive, in Massive Beaver, providing 24 bluegrass acts dwell on stage.
Notable acts embody Echo Valley, a New Galilee household band that is performed the principle stage at Pittsburgh’s Three Rivers Arts Pageant and on the Dollywood theme park, Tiger Maple String Band, which has opened for nationwide acts at venues like Jergel’s Rhythm Grille and Mr. Smalls Theatre, and the Nation Strings with nationally touring upright bass participant Jennifer Ann Wichryk.
The pageant’s finest “get” is likely to be Middleground, performing each Friday and Saturday, gearing up for its look within the Society for The Preservation of Bluegrass Music Affiliation competitors in Nashville.
The January Ice Jam is taken into account a “lodge takeover,” the place bluegrass musicians and attendees from the tri-state space and past take over your entire lodge,” George mentioned.
“The brand new venue is way bigger than earlier than, however we’re nearly at capability. As of the final examine in with lodge workers, there have been lower than 25 rooms remaining of the 141 rooms within the new location,” George mentioned.
Performers on this yr’s Ice Jam stage will begin Friday at 7 p.m. and music will proceed till 10 p.m. On Saturday, music begins once more at 1 p.m. and runs till 10 p.m. New bands take the stage each half-hour to carry out their favourite bluegrass music.
Though the occasion is free, cash is raised by basket raffles, 50/50 raffles, instrument raffles, donations and merchandise gross sales that profit the Bluegrass Reduction Fund, a charitable group devoted to putting monetary and emotional help the place it’s wanted inside the native bluegrass music neighborhood.
“Over the previous 25 years, we’ve raised practically $100,000 to assist help numerous pals of the bluegrass neighborhood,” George mentioned, including all musicians and occasion workers proudly volunteer their time and abilities to make sure the occasion’s continued success.
Bluegrass Ice Jam schedule
Friday, Jan. 20
7 p.m. – Glass Run Highway
7:30 p.m. – LandLine Bluegrass
8 p.m. – Breakline
8:30 p.m.- Middleground
9 p.m. – Bits ‘n Items
9:30 p.m. – Matt Efaw &. RFD
Saturday, Jan. 21
Midday – N.A. Fiddlers
12:30 p.m. – Springtime Hill Bluegrass
1 p.m. – Steve Ludwig and the Informal Hobos
1:30 p.m. – Bits ‘n Items
2 p.m. – John & Wendy Mackin Band
2:30 p.m. – The Nation Strings
3 p.m. – The New Border Experience
3:30 p.m. – Homegrown Grass
4 p.m. – Middleground
4:30 p.m. – Cornbinders
5 p.m. – Fern Hole
5:30 p.m. – Midlife Disaster
6 p.m. – Higher Late Bluegrass Band
6:30 p.m. – Hidden Drive
7 p.m. – Echo Valley
7:30 p.m. – Lonesome Misplaced & Foggy
8 p.m. – Sweaty Already String Band
8:30 p.m. – Tiger Maple String Band
9 p.m. – Tug Creek
9:30 p.m. – Soiled Outdated Mill
For extra info on this charitable occasion, contact George at 724-816-7534 or [email protected] For info or to make donations to the Bluegrass Reduction Fund, go to bluegrassrelieffund.org.
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Scott Tady is leisure editor at The Occasions and simple to achieve at [email protected]