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Nightlife & Music

Wintergrass Bluegrass and Acoustic Festival Comes to Bellevue

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credit: Jeff Gentner/Getty Images

credit: Jeff Gentner/Getty Images

Wintergrass is an annual Bluegrass and Acoustic Festival held annually at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Bellevue. From Thursday, February 23 through Sunday, February 26, the four stages, lobbies, and every available nook and cranny is filled with the sounds of bluegrass and acoustic music. This family-friendly event also includes plenty of workshops, dances, toe-tapping and endless smiles.

Tickets are available for all four days or just one. But we think you’ll want to stick around. While Wintergrass is primarily a Bluegrass music festival, you’ll hear plenty of other styles of acoustic music including Gypsy jazz, Celtic music, Old-Timey, Swedish polskas and acoustic string music. Jam sessions reflect the diversity of styles with young and old alikeDon’t be shy! Don’t leave home without your instrument. The festival maintains a convenient Instrument Check room so that you can safely stash your instrument while you enjoy shows.

Workshops, which are included in the price of admission, cover a variety of topics and are designed for all levels of ability. You’ll have a chance to hear about musical theory, practical approaches to the every day problems that musicians face, and leave with inspiration that you can incorporate into your own musical experience. It’s a chance to broaden your knowledge base, or dig deeper into a particular topic – the choice is up to you.

Your weekend pass gets you into ALL shows, dances, and festival workshops from Thursday through Sunday! Single day tickets are also available and gain you entrance into ALL shows, dances and festival workshops for that day.

Here’s the schedule:
Thursday, February 13: Shows begin at 7:00pm
Friday, February 24: Workshops start at 9:30am; shows start at 5:00pm and go until as late as 1am
Saturday, February 25: Workshops start at 9:30am; shows start as early as 12:45pm and go until as late as 1:00am
Sunday, February 26: Shows start at 10:30am and end no later than 5:00pm

For tickets and more information, visit http://www.wintergrass.com.

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