Head to Calico Ghost Town, Yermo CA this Mother's Day weekend, May 9-10 to be thoroughly entertained by some of the top names in bluegrass music during the Bluegrass in the Spring Music Festival.
Byron Berline, considered to be one of America's pre-eminent fiddle players and a highly prominent figure in contemporary bluegrass music will be featured with Bluegrass Etc. as the main act. Berline is a three-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association Instrumental Group of the Year award. Berline moved to from Los Angeles to Oklahoma in 1995 and founded the Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, among the most acclaimed bluegrass festivals in the United States.
He is one of the most sought after session fiddle players and his recording credits read like a “who's who” in the music industry. Among his recording partners have been: The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Alabama, Emmylou Harris, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Earl Scruggs, Willie Nelson and many more. Berline has an extensive record in movie and commercial sound tracks.
He will accompany Bluegrass Etc., a band nationally and internationally recognized in bluegrass music circles. Since its formation, Bluegrass Etc. has progressed to embrace an eclectic acoustic mix. The band is composed of Grammy award winner Dennis Caplinger playing banjo and fiddle, John Moore playing mandolin and guitar, and Grammy Award winner Bill Bryson on bass.
Also headlining this event will be the Gates McEuen Hailes band, starring Scott Gates. Gates, a musical prodigy, began his career at the age of three and took up the mandolin by the age of seven.
Gates has worked with the Witcher Brothers, Chris Thile , the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and its leader, John McEuen. Most recently, Gates finished playing on Kenny Loggins' new album performing instrumentals and vocal harmonies.
The McEuen of the Gates McEuen Hails band is Nathan McEuen, son of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's John McEuen. A singer/songwriter, Nathan handles guitars, piano and percussion.
Other bands slated for the Bluegrass in the Spring Festival are : Stuck in Reverse, a Las Vegas–based bluegrass band bringing a wide range of bluegrass, gospel, and original vocals and instrumentals to the stage; High Hills Bluegrass Band, a female quartet; the Silvarado Bluegrass Band; Mojave County and more.
In addition to the live musical performances, there will be contests and family fun for all ages throughout the weekend.
Admission to the event is $10 adults; $5 youth 6-15 and free for children six and under. For more information, call (800) 86-CALICO or http://www.CalicoTown.com.