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Free Bluegrass Music in the Ko'olaus, Sep. 9, 10, 11

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Bluegrass in the Ko'olausBluegrass in the Ko'olaus, a weekend event that features homemade bluegrass and traditional music in a spectacular setting, will take place at Kaneohe's Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden from Friday, September 9 through Sunday, September 11. The event, hosted by Bluegrass Hawai'i Traditional & Bluegrass Music Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, is free though donations are welcome.

A special page devoted to the event has been added to the society's website at and includes the workshop schedule and other important information.

Inspired by Mainland bluegrass and old-time music festivals, the family-friendly, all-acoustic event will feature a variety of activities, including performance, songwriting and vocal workshops, a Saturday night campfire jam, and a Sunday morning gospel sing. The event will also include a Band Scramble, hugely popular at the past three Ho'omaluhia events. For this activity, all jammers who are willing to participate are grouped into "bands," given time to choose a tune and rehearse it, and then perform before an appreciative (and forgiving) audience.

A very special unplugged performance by premiere Oahu bluegrass ensemble The Saloon Pilots will be a highlight at the September event. The group will also conduct a workshop on band dynamics immediately following their show. Schedules and other info will be made available as they are finalized at

Bluegrass Hawai'i has reserved Ho'omaluhia's Kahua Nui pavilion and camping area for its exclusive use. The event will be held rain or shine and will begin on Friday. Participants may begin jamming and/or setting up tents when the park opens at 9 a.m.; campers have until Monday at 4 p.m., when the park closes, to dismantle their tents and pack up their gear. Campers must bring all they need for the weekend, including food, beverages, coolers, flashlights, tents, warm clothing and bedding. ALL attendees are invited to bring a pot or plate to share for the Friday and Saturday night potluck supper jams. Y'all come!

The entire weekend is free to attend! Camping is also free and even the workshops are free! Donations are always welcome. Bluegrass Hawai'i is a 501(c)(3) non-profit association dedicated to the promotion and support of bluegrass and traditional music in Hawai'i and the Pacific Rim.

For information, camping sign-up, and more, visit or call 808/206-3459.

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