Bluegrass Festival

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For 2018, The Logandale Fall Festival is proud to announce the return of Old Blue Sound as coordinator for sound and music! Old Blue Sound has been in the business since 1998 and provides sound reinforcement to Bluegrass and Acoustic musicians and bands, providing quality sound to Bluegrass event producers.

Old Blue Sound takes great pride in their attention to the details involved in making sure that the music you hear at the festivals they are involved in, is the best sound quality available.  Check out some videos from festivals and shows they have been involved in over the years.

What began many years ago as a purely bluegrass festival is now back and so much more! We still pay tribute to that longtime festival by bringing in the best bluegrass bands we can find to perform three fine days of music. Groups from California, Tennessee, Arizona, Utah and Nevada take the stage all day and into the night to keep your toes tapping! In addition to these groups, we feature many fun local bands that remind you bluegrass is alive and well in Nevada.

2018 Bands at the Logandale Bluegrass & BBQ Festival

HEADLINERS

Bluegrass Etc.. performs a hard hitting show of instrumental expertise, vocal precision and stage personality that never fails to entertain. The group is well known internationally and tours all over the world, performing at festivals and doing concerts. BLUEGRASS ETC consists of John Moore (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Dennis Caplinger (banjo, fiddle, vocals) and Steve Spurgin (bass, vocals).

Dennis Caplinger: Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Dennis Caplinger is one of the most sought after studio musicians in the L.A. area. He is currently under contract with Network Productions of San Diego, Ca. recording numerous television and radio commercials that air nation-wide, as well as writing and recording music for their extensive music library – one of the largest in the world. He is also a producer of CMH Record’s popular “Pickin’ on” series. He has recorded numerous television and movie soundtracks and is featured regularly in Warner Brothers Cartoons as well The Simpsons and Family Guy. He is a regular in the Country Music Association Awards Show band, and has received a Grammy for his guest appearance on Eric Clapton’s new record Road To Escondido. He is a regular contributor to Banjo Newsletter and has appeared on the cover of Bluegrass Now Magazine. Dennis also teaches banjo and fiddle at numerous music camps throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada.

John Moore: In addition to being the mandolinist, guitarist and vocalist for Bluegrass Etc, John is also the mandolinist with the internationally acclaimed band California, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumental Band of the Year three years in a row, along with Dan Crary, Byron Berline, John Hickman and Steve Spurgin. John’s musical performances have led him throughout the U.S. and Canada, Europe and Japan, as well as into the studio doing sessions for other artists, radio and television commercials and movie sound tracks. He has appeared in commercials for Cingular Wireless and in the HBO Series Deadwood. John has appeared on the cover of Bluegrass Now, Bluegrass Unlimited and Flatpick Guitar Magazines as well as on the cover of numerous horse magazines throughout Europe, where he is a clinician and teaches equine sciences. John also teaches mandolin and guitar at numerous music camps and colleges throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada.

Steve Spurgin: Steve Spurgin is one of the legendary singer/songwriters of our time and was a founding member of the California Band along with John Moore, Byron Berline, Dan Crary and John Hickman. Steve has written multiple hit songs, including Carmen and Speak Softly You’re Talking To My Heart, both recorded by Gene Watson. He is also a member of the power trio Thunderation along with his cohort from California, Dan Crary. Steve recently appeared in the HBO series Deadwood, and his music was used in that series multiple times. He has toured worldwide and entertained audiences with his insightful songwriting and incredible voice for over 40 years.

old-blue-band-logandale-bluegrass-festival“OLD BLUE” is a bluegrass band that plays bluegrass music the old fashioned way, with much attention paid to the original music of the founders of the style. Folks like Bill Monroe, The Stanley
Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs. The band is dedicated to the preservation of the music from the past and
the continued presentation of its character in the present day. They leave the future development of this
music to a new generation.

“OLD BLUE” are seasoned professionals who have played this style for decades. They are some of the
best in the business from the western United States. Band members are: Dick Brown on banjo and
vocals, Thomas Porter on guitar and vocals, Jim Govern on mandolin and vocals, Bob Denoncourt on
bass and vocals, and Alvin Blaine on dobro (and other instruments). These gentlemen present
bluegrass music the way it was in the early days.

Hard Road Trio-Steve Smith, Anne Luna and Chris Sanders are The Hard Road Trio, original southwestern
acoustic music at the crossroads of Roots and Bluegrass. Where The Trio sound is even greater
than the sum of these parts: Life-long musicians Steve Smith (vocals, mandolin, mandola and guitar) and Chris
Sanders (vocals and guitar) are joined by emerging artist Anne Luna (vocals and bass), capturing audiences across the country with the depth of their songwriting and the power of their distinctive voices. Their music grows from Steve’s love of bluegrass rooted in his native Virginia, the beauty of choral singing ever-present in Chris’ Minnesota childhood and the tradition of music in Anne’s New Mexico family.

Together, their Southwestern blend of Roots and Bluegrass music provides a unique heartbeat and lilt underscored by Anne’s driving and elegant bass. Their “perfect harmonies delivered with a sense of connection and joy, both in the music and in sharing of it.” (Kerry Dexter, Wandering Educators)

logandale-bluegrass-festivalMarty Warburton & Home Girls-What started out as a family simply getting together and singing in the living room has evolved into a band that has become a festival favorite in the western United States.
The music they make is uncomplicated and pure, relying on stellar 2, 3 and 4 part family harmonies backed by one guitar and one bass. Their goal is to make you feel the music as well as hear it.

Marty’s wife and daughters (Home Girls) Pamela Warburton, Kylee Landon and Hayli Jo Cizmas bring a style of music to the stage that turns back the clock with time honored melodies and tight harmonies. Marty joins in on an old Martin guitar and vocals. Son-in-law (home boy) John Landon rounds out the group with his steady acoustic bass. The band has recently released a CD for G.O.A.T. Records entitled appropriately; “Home Sweet Home.” Marty Warburton & Home Girls’ music can be found on iTunes, Amazon, Cd Baby and
Facebook.

ALL BANDS

Bluegrass Etc.. performs a hard hitting show of instrumental expertise, vocal precision and stage personality that never fails to entertain. The group is well known internationally and tours all over the world, performing at festivals and doing concerts. BLUEGRASS ETC consists of John Moore (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Dennis Caplinger (banjo, fiddle, vocals) and Steve Spurgin (bass, vocals).

Dennis Caplinger: Multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Dennis Caplinger is one of the most sought after studio musicians in the L.A. area. He is currently under contract with Network Productions of San Diego, Ca. recording numerous television and radio commercials that air nation-wide, as well as writing and recording music for their extensive music library – one of the largest in the world. He is also a producer of CMH Record’s popular “Pickin’ on” series. He has recorded numerous television and movie soundtracks and is featured regularly in Warner Brothers Cartoons as well The Simpsons and Family Guy. He is a regular in the Country Music Association Awards Show band, and has received a Grammy for his guest appearance on Eric Clapton’s new record Road To Escondido. He is a regular contributor to Banjo Newsletter and has appeared on the cover of Bluegrass Now Magazine. Dennis also teaches banjo and fiddle at numerous music camps throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada.

John Moore: In addition to being the mandolinist, guitarist and vocalist for Bluegrass Etc, John is also the mandolinist with the internationally acclaimed band California, the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Instrumental Band of the Year three years in a row, along with Dan Crary, Byron Berline, John Hickman and Steve Spurgin. John’s musical performances have led him throughout the U.S. and Canada, Europe and Japan, as well as into the studio doing sessions for other artists, radio and television commercials and movie sound tracks. He has appeared in commercials for Cingular Wireless and in the HBO Series Deadwood. John has appeared on the cover of Bluegrass Now, Bluegrass Unlimited and Flatpick Guitar Magazines as well as on the cover of numerous horse magazines throughout Europe, where he is a clinician and teaches equine sciences. John also teaches mandolin and guitar at numerous music camps and colleges throughout the U.S., Europe and Canada.

Steve Spurgin: Steve Spurgin is one of the legendary singer/songwriters of our time and was a founding member of the California Band along with John Moore, Byron Berline, Dan Crary and John Hickman. Steve has written multiple hit songs, including Carmen and Speak Softly You’re Talking To My Heart, both recorded by Gene Watson. He is also a member of the power trio Thunderation along with his cohort from California, Dan Crary. Steve recently appeared in the HBO series Deadwood, and his music was used in that series multiple times. He has toured worldwide and entertained audiences with his insightful songwriting and incredible voice for over 40 years.

old-blue-band-logandale-bluegrass-festival“OLD BLUE” is a bluegrass band that plays bluegrass music the old fashioned way, with much attention paid to the original music of the founders of the style. Folks like Bill Monroe, The Stanley
Brothers, Flatt and Scruggs. The band is dedicated to the preservation of the music from the past and
the continued presentation of its character in the present day. They leave the future development of this
music to a new generation. “OLD BLUE” are seasoned professionals who have played this style for decades. They are some of the best in the business from the western United States. Band members are: Dick Brown on banjo and vocals, Thomas Porter on guitar and vocals, Jim Govern on mandolin and vocals, Bob Denoncourt on bass and vocals, and Alvin Blaine on dobro (and other instruments). These gentlemen present bluegrass music the way it was in the early days.
Hard Road Trio-Steve Smith, Anne Luna and Chris Sanders are The Hard Road Trio, original southwestern acoustic music at the crossroads of Roots and Bluegrass. Where The Trio sound is even greater than the sum of these parts:
Life-long musicians Steve Smith (vocals, mandolin, mandola and guitar) and Chris Sanders (vocals and guitar) are joined by emerging artist Anne Luna (vocals and bass), capturing audiences across the country with the depth of their songwriting and the power of their distinctive voices. Their music grows from Steve’s love of bluegrass rooted in his native Virginia, the beauty of choral singing ever-present in Chris’ Minnesota childhood and the tradition of music in Anne’s New Mexico family.

Together, their Southwestern blend of Roots and Bluegrass music provides a unique heartbeat and lilt underscored by Anne’s driving and elegant bass. Their “perfect harmonies delivered with a sense of connection and joy, both in the music and in sharing of it.” (Kerry Dexter, Wandering Educators)

logandale-bluegrass-festivalMarty Warburton & Home Girls

What started out as a family simply getting together and singing in the living room has evolved into a band that has become a festival favorite in the western United States. The music they make is uncomplicated and pure, relying on stellar 2, 3 and 4 part family harmonies backed by one guitar and one bass. Their goal is to make you feel the music as well as hear it.

Marty’s wife and daughters (Home Girls) Pamela Warburton, Kylee Landon and Hayli Jo Cizmas bring a style of music to the stage that turns back the clock with time honored melodies and tight harmonies. Marty joins in on an old Martin guitar and vocals. Son-in-law (home boy) John Landon rounds out the group with his steady acoustic bass.

The band has recently released a CD for G.O.A.T. Records entitled appropriately; “Home Sweet Home.”Marty Warburton & Home Girls’ music can be found on iTunes, Amazon, Cd Baby and Facebook.

Rusted Spurs West-Although Tex Hamel (Guitar, Lead and Harmony Vocals) was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, he grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where he played folk, bluegrass, rock and country music. His love for cowboy and western swing music began in 1978, when he saw the Sons of the Pioneers in Colorado and later became friends with the group Riders in the Sky. He says music is special because of lifelong friendships, the creative process and the joy of performing.

Patti Hamel (Accordion, Bass, Lead and Harmony Vocals) has been performing in music since she was in grade school and has acquired quite a variety of musical experiences, both instrumental and vocal. She grew up watching and learning the music from the Golden Age of Western Movies as well as those wonderful western Television shows such as “Rawhide”, where she fell for her first love, Rowdy Yates! Patti loves the energy found in the rhythms of western music and the stories that are as varied as the
colors of a western sunset. She has been performing with the Rusted Spurs in Michigan for the past 5 years.

Bob “Slim” Denoncourt (Bass, Harmony and Lead Vocals) started his Bluegrass career in 1966. He has played with many notable bands throughout the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand over the last 50 years. He now plays with the Old Blue Band and Rusted Spurs West. He sings harmony and lead vocals with both. Bob has played several different styles of bass beginning with a Kay upright bass, then went to a fretless electric bass for more mobility on stage. He continued playing acoustic and electric with various bands and now plays a Kala U

The Washburn Family Bluegrass Band consists of a three boys and their parents from Cedar City, Utah. Will, 14, plays guitar. Nate, 12, plays banjo and Jake 10 plays fiddle. They play hard driving traditional bluegrass music. Paul Washburn, the father, grew up playing bluegrass with his family. He decided to inflict the same fate on his family. Luckily Emily, the mother, was up for the challenge. The Washburns have been performing for about two years. The boys, who lead the band, continue to improve daily and have threatened to kick their parents out of the band if they can’t keep up.
just-for-fun-logandale-bluegrass-festivalJust for Fun can trace it’s roots directly back to the Logandale Bluegrass Festival started in the late 1990’s. The band was formed by the then President of the Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music Society, Al Bess. The name Al chose for the band says it all. Just for Fun has continues in that tradition since the passing of Al Bess in 2015.

Ron Williams has been with the band several years and plays rhythm guitar and vocals. His sense of humor and wit, along with a few humorous tunes keeps the band , and the audience, on their toes. Sy Nielson inspires the audience with his work on the 5 string banjo as well as his added
vocal abilities. He also breaks out the Dobro on occasion. Sy is well loved by Bluegrass Music fans throughout the Southwest. Phyllis Palmer, the newest member of the band, plays mandolin and has the voice of an angel. Her vocals and harmonies add that special touch to round out the vocal sound of the band. Last but not least is Betty Williams on the upright bass. She has been with the Just for Fun Band for several years now and rounds out the bands sound nicely. She is the backbone of the group with her hard driving rhythm and keeps the rest of the band on the straight and narrow.

The Native Grass Band is from Southwest Utah. Native Grass writes and performs their own original music in a Bluegrass style with Western influences. Creative compositions and unique vocals and instrumentals, Native Grass offers a fresh and exciting take in their interpretation of Bluegrass music. Lindsey Short is on Banjo and vocals, JD Thompson holds down the Bass and vocals, Dave Holder handles the Six String and
vocals, and Walter Josey with the Mandolin and vocals. These blend of musicians, along with a distinctive approach to creative original songs, makes hearing Native Grass and special musical experience.
Vera Vann has been a mainstay in the Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music scene for over 40 years. She has served in many leadership positions for the Southern Nevada Bluegrass Music Society up to and including President. Now well into her 80s, Vera’s love for the music continues. We are honored to have Vera here with us in Logandale this weekend. She has brought her “Frequent Flyers” who share her passion for good old fashioned “front porch style” pickin’ and singin’.

2018 Logandale Bluegrass & BBQ Festival Stage Schedule

THURSDAY

3:00-4:00 pm-Welcome/Pumpkin Giveaway
4:00-4:50 pm-Just For Fun
5:00-5:50  pm-Native Grass
6:00-6:20 pm-Local Cloggers
6:30-7:30 pm-Rusted Spurs West

FRIDAY

11:00-11:50 am-Frequent Flyers
12:00-12:50 pm-The Washburn Family Bluegrass Band
1:00-1:50 pm-Just For Fun
2:00-2:50  pm-Old Blue Band
3:00-3:50 pm-Hard Road Trio
4:00-4:50 pm-The Washburn Family Bluegrass Band
5:00-6:00 pm-Dinner Break
6:00-7:00 pm-Bluegrass ETC
7:15 pm-8:15 pm-Old Blue Band

SATURDAY

10:00-10:50 am-Rusted Spurs West
11:00-11:50 am-Marty Warburton & Home Girls
12:00-12:50 pm-Hard Road Trio
1:00-1:50 pm-Old Blue Band
2:00-2:50  pm-Bluegrass ETC
3:00-4:00 pm-BBQ Awards Presentations
4:00-4:50 pm-Marty Warburton & Home Girls
5:00-5:50 pm-Old Blue Band
6:00-7:00 pm-Hard Road Trio
7:15-8:30 pm-Bluegrass, ETC-Finale Jam

Schedule subject to change without notice

Videos

Check out videos from some of the amazing bands playing at the Logandale Fall Festival!