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Pickin' In The Pasture Festival Coming Soon!

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James KingThe 15th Annual Pickin' In The Pasture Bluegrass Festival is coming up in just a couple of weeks! If you like real bluegrass music without bongos, electric guitars, snare drums, or 6 string banjoguitars, this is an event for you! The festival happens on a working sheep farm in the beautiful Finger Lakes Wine country of NY State. The stage show focuses on the diverse sounds of genuine bluegrass music. An effort has been made to bring together real bluegrass artists that have developed their own unique styles without needing a "big tent".

The gate opens to those camping by noon on Wednesday 8/22. On Thursday, Smokey Greene, The Spinney Brothers, The James King Band, and Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road take the stage. Friday is a hard core bluegrass day with Danny Paisley, David Davis, The Bluegrass Brothers, Carolina Road, The Feinberg Brothers, and The Jesse Alexander Band. On Saturday, featured bands are Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, Little Roy and Lizzy, Lost and Found, Marty Raybon and Full Circle, and Remington Ryde, along with The Feinberg Brothers, and The Jesse Alexander Band. The stage show concludes on Sunday with Goldwing Express, Remington Ryde, and The Pasture Kids bluegrass academy band.

Pickin' In The Pasture has developed a reputation for lots of opportunity to jam for all levels of abilities. The picking is so good that many folks never leave the campground for the duration of the event. Other people attending enjoy using Pickin' In The Pasture as their home base to visit local wineries, the Amish countryside, State Parks, and the adjacent National Forest during the day and then take in the evening stage show.

Pickin' In The Pasture is held on a working sheep farm. The gentle rolling pastures become the festival grounds. The creature comforts are well provided at Pickin' In The Pasture. There are plenty of relatively level camping sites on well laid out roadways for RVs as well as tents. Porta-johns are well distributed throughout the grounds. Water and solar showers are available. Ice is delivered through the campground. There are several rain or shine audience tents in the stage area. A shuttle service transports fans between the stage and their campsites. The gate will open by noon on Wednesday for free camping to those purchasing 4-day weekend tickets. Tired campers are welcome to stay over Sunday night after the festival.

A wide variety of good reasonably priced foods are served on site. In the past food items have included chicken barbeque, prime rib, lamb, hot dogs, hamburgers, Italian Sausage, smoked pulled pork, Jamaican jerk chicken, ice cream, a breakfast menu, etc. Coolers are allowed in the stage area but inappropriate behavior is not.

Pickin' In The Pasture's reputation as a great place to jam continues to spread. Every year we are amazed at the caliber of musicians in the campground. There is plenty of opportunity to jam for all levels of players from friendly beginner circles to hot late night sessions that will stimulate even seasoned professionals.

Take advantage of the free masters workshops where you can interact with some of the top bluegrass musicians in the country. The emphasis is on instruction rather than a mini-concert, so come prepared with some questions that you would like to have covered by the artists. We thank Bernunzio Uptown Music of Rochester for sponsoring the workshops. Bernunzio's will be on site with a display of their fine instruments for you to examine.

Young people who have started playing or singing bluegrass music need to check out the Pasture Kids Bluegrass Program. This program offers an opportunity for kids to get together with their peers and receive instruction on playing in a group. This great activity is sponsored by THE Ithaca Guitar Works who will also have a display of their fine acoustic instruments for your inspection. The program is under the direction of Ron Feinberg. As a climax to the experience, participants will perform material that they have worked up over the weekend on the main stage. Many audience members commented that The Pasture Kids performance was one of the highlights of the festival. If you have children or grandchildren who could benefit from this activity please contact us prior to the event so that we can better plan the program.

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