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Four Day Pass $160 Friday Saturday 80 Thursday Sunday $60

June 2nd through June 5th, 2016       Schedule

Bryan Sutton

Born in Asheville, Sutton grew up immersed in western North Carolina’s rich music heritage. He was a member of Ricky Skaggs’ Kentucky Thunder band, playing on two Grammy award winning records. After his tenure with Skaggs, Sutton built a career as a top studio guitarist in Nashville. His playing can be heard alongside such names as Dolly Parton and Taylor Swift, among others. Sutton has toured with Bela Fleck and Chris Thile, and as a member of legendary bluegrass band Hot Rize. Sutton has been IBMA’s Guitarist of the Year seven times, and he received a Grammy in 2007 for “Best Country Instrumental Performance” for his duet recording with Doc Watson. In addition to past and present touring with musicians such as Chris Thile, Earl Scruggs, Hot Rize, Ricky Skaggs and others, Sutton is one of Nashville’s most in-demand session players and producers, recently taking the helm on Della Mae’s Grammy nominated This World Oft Can Be.

 

 

Michael Cleveland

Considered one of the premier bluegrass fiddlers of his generation, Mike picked up a fiddle at age four, and his talent was recognized early. In 1993 he was chosen to be part of the Bluegrass Youth All Stars at the IBMA’s award show. Later that year Mike made his Grand Ole Opry debut as a guest of Alison Krauss. His list of guest apperances over the years is a who’s who of bluegrass legends including Bill Monroe, Jim and Jesse, Ralph Stanley, Mac Wiseman, Doc Watson, Larry Sparks, Doyle Lawson, and J.D. Crowe. After high school Mike briefly toured with then-named Dale Ann Bradley and Coon Creek before joining Rhonda Vincent and The Rage in 2000. At the 2001 IBMA awards, Mike took his first Fiddle Player of the Year award, and shared the title of Entertainer of the Year with Rhonda Vincent and the Rage. In 2002 Mike rejoined The Dale Ann Bradley Band. That year he won the Fiddle Player of the Year award and again in 2004.

Today Mike is a sought-after guest and has performed with Vince Gill, Marty Stuart, The Mark Newton Band, J.D. Crowe and the New South, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Melvin Goins and Windy Mountain and The Wildwood Valley Boys. He is also an active studio musician, and his credits include the 2005 GRAMMY-nominated “A Tribute to Jimmy Martin: The King of Bluegrass” and a 2003 GRAMMY winner, Jimmy Sturr’s “Let’s Polka ‘Round.” Mike lives in Charlestown, Indiana.

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The Lonely Heartstring Band was born as a wedding band, hired for one wedding to play only Beatles repertoire on traditional bluegrass instruments. It didn’t take long to start exploring other sounds and original songs within the group, but that initial flame of the Beatles was indicative of the bands love of songs, arrangements and music that feels good.

Combining instrumental virtuosity, 3-part harmonies, and a deep understanding of traditional bluegrass and Appalachian music, this band is all about a great show!

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It may be the only town around where salaried songwriters and full-time session musicians are as common as accountants and schoolteachers. Music is the product, and the factories line the street, from the swank Music Row mini-high-rises to the low-slung Sylvan Park bungalows. And only Nashville could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans –each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town’s commercial community – who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls’ reward.

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Since their formal introduction to American audiences in 1997, The Kruger Brothers’ remarkable discipline, creativity and their ability to infuse classical music into folk music has resulted in a unique sound that has made them a fixture within the world of acoustic music. The honesty of their writing has since become a hallmark of the trio’s work.

In their ever-expanding body of work – Jens Kruger (banjo and vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar and lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass and vocals) – The Kruger Brothers personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. Their original music is crafted around their discerning taste, and the result is unpretentious, cultivated, and delightfully fresh.

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The Gibson Brothers were voted 2013 Entertainers of the Year at the IBMA World of Bluegrass 24th Annual Awards Show in Raleigh, N.C. for the second year in a row. We also won the Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year (“They Called It Music”) and Eric was named the Songwriter of the Year.

The Gibson Brothers were named the 2012 Entertainer of the Year Award at the 23rd Annual IBMA Awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the first time a brother duet has won this award. The same night we won the “Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year” award for “Singing As We Rise.”

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In a relatively short period of time, Della Mae has become a sensation in the music world. Commanding a powerful collective chemistry with vocal, instrumental, and songwriting talent to spare, the Boston-based combo mines time-honored elements to create music that’s unmistakably fresh and contemporary.

The group quickly won an enthusiastic following through their high-energy live performances at festivals around the country. The band expanded its reputation with their self-released first album, 2011’s I Built This Heart, which won an impressive amount of attention for a D.I.Y. release.

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One thing about performing music for so long is that we tend to enjoy the performing so much that we forget to update some of the information which we have put out about the band over the years. We are still as enthusiastic about our performances as ever–probably moreso, as we have learned to understand and appreciate our interactions with our audiences and to enjoy that relationship which is so important to bluegrass music and to us. So we have added a few more recent reviews, pictures, and more current general information to celebrate another great year for the band as 2010 comes to a close.

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Fusing organic folk harmonies, dueling acoustic guitars, and keen lyricism, Americana trio The Boxcar Lilies (Stephanie Marshall, Jenny Goodspeed, and Katie Clarke) debut a sophomore album whose catchiness is matched only by its complexity. The haunting hush of “In This Valley” complements the soft strum of “Love Comes Back,” while the lively fiddle of “Lightnin’” and the head-nodding tune of “Good Fortune” help round out the album’s range of folk sounds. The Lilies’ bass-led title track “Sugar Shack” and their a cappella cover of James Taylor’s “That Lonesome Road” stand out as the most prominent displays of the vocal harmonies for which the trio is (rightfully) known. At 35 minutes long, the album achieves a refreshing purity grounded in its originality and balance.

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With the release of his new critically acclaimed bluegrass CD, Borrowed Time, Bob Amos has assembled a talented bluegrass ensemble, featuring some of New England’s favorite acoustic musicians, to perform his new material at selected concerts and festivals.

BOB AMOS & CATAMOUNT CROSSING features Bob on banjo, guitar and vocals, Sarah Amos on vocals, Freeman Corey on fiddle, Bob Dick (formerly of Front Range) on bass, Gary Darling on mandolin and Steve Wright on guitar. Chris Cruger will be on bass for select shows. The band puts on a very entertaining high energy show, with stellar vocals, terrific original material, plus some great new interpretations of some bluegrass classics.

Bob Amos became an internationally recognized and acclaimed bluegrass musician and songwriter as the leader of the popular award winning band FRONT RANGE. From 1990-2003 FRONT RANGE recorded seven CDs, five for indie heavyweight SUGAR HILL RECORDS, and received top notch reviews and heavy airplay on bluegrass radio programs throughout the world. With the release of Borrowed Time, which is receiving wonderful reviews and airplay on bluegrass radio shows all across the country, Bob is once again in the bluegrass spotlight with a whole new batch of stellar original songs, and a terrific new band, BOB AMOS & CATAMOUNT CROSSING to present this new material to the public.

Strawberry Park is pleased to announce an outstanding list of confirmed performers scheduled for our 2016 Bluegrass Festival Schedule,

The Kruger Brothers will be joining us again for the 2016 . Last year’s performance was an absolute pleasure for all that attended. We are also proud to announce that The Gibson Brothers are back bigger and better than ever. Two time IBMA Entertainers of the year , their close harmony singing is truly something you must hear, so come join us at Strawberry Park. We also have The Steeldrivers they are back  this year. I agree with a quote from Tim O’Brien “I love how this band knows the rules enough to break them now and again. They show great taste and invention, using their own musical personalities and the basic building blocks of tradition to express some of the very best in modern bluegrass”. The Steep Canyon Rangers join us this year, A bluegrass band at their core, the Steep Canyon Rangers effortlessly walk the line between festival favorite and sophisticated string orchestra music a must see and hear band. We don’t want to have a Bluegrass Festival with out the Dry Branch Fire Squad , their music is true clean and simply bluegrass at it’s best. The onliest thing I know is that the audience is mesmerized not only by the bands incredible music, but by it’s leader Ron Thomason’s stories, which are a beautiful  cross between Mark Twain, Will Rogers, and Forest Gump.

We have added Della Mae to the line up, This Boston-bred string band, which was nominated for best bluegrass album this year at the Grammys for its Rounder debut, “This World Oft Can Be, we welcome them back after some time away from the festival. We are extremely happy to have Michael Cleveland & FlameKeeper joining us this year after a few years away from our stage. We are excited to have The Lonely Heartstrings Band  back with us again for 2016. This band is a must hear and a pleasure to watch. Another great addition to our festival is Bob Amos & the Catamount Crossing. Grammy Award winning guitarist Bryan Sutton with the Bryan Sutton Band will be with us this year. The Hot Flashes comprised of some of my favorite musicians, Gail Wade, Amy Gallatin, Peggy Harvey, Roger Williams, JD Williams & John Urbanik. The Zolla Boys will be performing for us this year for a return performance at Strawberry Park, Stay Tuned we are adding new bands & old friends daily now. First time on our stages Twisted Pine will be joining us.Twisted Pine is a wild and unpredictable bluegrass band delivering powerful vocal harmonies, hard-driving rhythms, and virtuosic musicianship. Boxcar Lilies return to our stages, The Boxcar Lilies have made a name for themselves with their signature mix of folk, country, and bluegrass-tinged Americana music featuring spine-tingling, innovative harmonies and great songwriting. For the first time on our stages we are excited to announce we will have The Stockwell Brothers Band, featuring the delightful Kelly Stockwell.  Ted Leahmann said “Since Kelly has joined them, the band proved to be versatile, musically ambitious, and entertaining.”

Buy Tickets  For those wishing to attend the show but do not need camping accommodations or would like to utilize our free tent camping areas, you may purchase tickets by clicking the Buy Tickets Link.

Local Hotel Info

While Strawberry Park offers over 50 on-site rental units, they do tend to fill quickly for the festival. If you are not looking to “rough it” with the free camping that accompanies your festival pass, you may consider local B&Bs (such as nearby Roseledge or Hideaway, or for hotels, the nearest would be the new Hilton Garden Inn (also in Preston, just prior to Foxwoods, opening in March of 2013) or the AmericInn in Griswold (5 miles in the opposite direction). Remember, for our guests traveling by air, we are about 45 minutes from TF Green in Providence RI and about an hour from Bradley (just north of Hartford). The preliminary 2015 Schedule of Performers is posted here: view updated Bluegrass Festival schedule Call 860-886-1944 for reservations. 2016 Confirmed Performers for our 39th Annual Bluegrass Festival include…

  • SteelDrivers
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    It may be the only town around where salaried songwriters and full-time session musicians are as common as accountants and schoolteachers. Music is the product, and the factories line the street, from the swank Music Row mini-high-rises to the low-slung Sylvan Park bungalows. And only Nashville could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans –each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town’s commercial community – who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls’ reward.

  • Kruger Brothers
     

    Since their formal introduction to American audiences in 1997, The Kruger Brothers’ remarkable discipline, creativity and their ability to infuse classical music into folk music has resulted in a unique sound that has made them a fixture within the world of acoustic music. The honesty of their writing has since become a hallmark of the trio’s work.

    In their ever-expanding body of work – Jens Kruger (banjo and vocals), Uwe Kruger (guitar and lead vocals), and Joel Landsberg (bass and vocals) – The Kruger Brothers personify the spirit of exploration and innovation that forms the core of the American musical tradition. Their original music is crafted around their discerning taste, and the result is unpretentious, cultivated, and delightfully fresh.

  • The Gibson Brothers
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    The Gibson Brothers were voted 2013 Entertainers of the Year at the IBMA World of Bluegrass 24th Annual Awards Show in Raleigh, N.C. for the second year in a row. We also won the Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year ("They Called It Music") and Eric was named the Songwriter of the Year.

    The Gibson Brothers were named the 2012 Entertainer of the Year Award at the 23rd Annual IBMA Awards at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, the first time a brother duet has won this award. The same night we won the “Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year” award for “Singing As We Rise.”

  • The Dry Brach Fire Squad

    One thing about performing music for so long is that we tend to enjoy the performing so much that we forget to update some of the information which we have put out about the band over the years. We are still as enthusiastic about our performances as ever--probably moreso, as we have learned to understand and appreciate our interactions with our audiences and to enjoy that relationship which is so important to bluegrass music and to us. So we have added a few more recent reviews, pictures, and more current general information to celebrate another great year for the band as 2010 comes to a close.

  • Bryan Sutton Band

    Bryan Sutton is one of the most sought after acoustic guitarists on the planet . Born in Asheville, North Carolina, Bryan grew up in a musical family and was immersed in the rich heritage of western North Carolina music. Sutton entered the bluegrass world in 1995 as a member of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder band, playing on two Grammy award winning records. After his tenure with Skaggs, Bryan went on to build a career as a top studio guitarists in Nashville. His playing can be heard along side such names as Keith Urban, Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, and Harry Connick Jr.. Always striving to keep his bluegrass roots strong, Bryan has also released four solo projects and has toured around the world with artists like Bela Fleck and Chris Thile, and as a member of the legendary bluegrass band, Hot Rize. Sutton has been honored as a six time winner of the IBMA's Guitarist of the Year, and received a Grammy in 2007 for "Best Country Instrumental Performance" for his duet recording with Doc Watson. Bryan now balances a busy schedule of recording, touring, and teaching online as part of the Artist Works group.

  • Rhonda Vincent

    Vincent's musical career began when she was a child in her family's band The Sally Mountain Show, and has spanned more than four decades. Vincent first achieved success in the bluegrass genre in the 1970s and '80s, earning the respect of her mostly male peers for her mastery of the progressive chord structures and multi-range, fast paced vocals intrinsic to bluegrass music.[3] Vincent is an in-demand guest vocalist for other Bluegrass and Country music performers, appearing on recordings by Dolly Parton, Alan Jackson, Tanya Tucker, Joe Diffie and other notables.

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CAMPING IN THE ROUGH (CIR is free with your paid weekend pass) Across The Street from our Entrance

**No pets–No ground fires–No Saving Spaces—No generators** (no picnic tables or hook-ups are provided with rough camping, but full use of all facilities, including free hot showers, is included) There is always room available for those camping in the rough. Those reserving in advance save over $20 off gate prices. We are once again offering 60 spaces in our ballfield “picker’s lot”, each of which is 750 sq ft. These spaces are Free for the weekend with a paid Full Weekend Pass. These Sites will fill quickly so Reserve Early. All other CIR is free with a paid weekend pass, and will be at various locations throughout the campground (including a “quiet rough” for those who don’t prefer the late-night picking).

View photos from 2014 courtesy of Ted Lehmann’s Bluegrass Blog *Day Visitors at the gate who wish to stay for the afternoon session ONLY on Friday or Saturday will be charged the full daily pass upon arrival and refunded $10 upon departure prior to the evening session (out by 6PM).

Day Visitors wishing to stay and pick beyond departure times are invited to do so for an overnight fee of $10. Full remaining session fees must be paid, new wristbands shall be given, and vehicle must be moved into CIR area. Refund of remaining festival fees (MINUS $10 overnight charge) shall be issued at Gate upon departure & the return of remaining session wristbands ONLY IF PRIOR to start of that session. Please take a moment to read our rules & regulations.

Make sure all members of your camping party are aware of them, especially

  • Wristbands must be worn at all times and displayed to any staff member upon request, and are non-transferable
  • No glass containers in public, including stage area
  • No keg beer, drugs or open display of alcohol
  • No dancing in stage area
  • No audio/video recording equipment
  • No motorcycles beyond front gate
  • Relaxed Quiet Hours for SITE CAMPING will be observed from 12AM until 8AM. After hours picking by any large groups will be limited to non-amplified acoustics at camping in the rough. Excessively loud or unruly behavior will not be tolerated at any time.
  • No walking (or carrying) of pets through the campground–No pets are permitted with any Rough Camping or with Day Visitors or rental trailers. Dogs are permitted with site camping and designated “Dog Friendly” RV Rentals.
  • All bikes and scooters must be kept off walkways, and must be back on site by dark. Any bikes out after dark will be locked up for the safety of our riders. Helmets required for riders under 18.
  • All children & teenagers must be back on their own site by 11PM.
  • All vehicles must be parked on site or in the visitor parking lot. There is no parking at the pools, office, restrooms, or along the side of the road. Park Speed Limit is 8MPH–SLOW DOWN!!