“Circa Blue” is the perfect description of this band's sound. They are “about” bluegrass ... not completely traditional, not completely contemporary. Their show has a great of variety songs including many of their own original tunes and with any song they perform they strive to be unique and entertaining to all audiences. Tight vocal harmonies, clean instrumentation, and creative arrangements keep audiences engaged throughout the entire show. With good instrumentalists, great harmony singing, as well as a variety of song styles, Circa Blue is well worth a listen.
Michelle Rivers is a singer-songwriter living in Northwest Montana. While she has a variety of influences, she most closely leans toward the Americana sound, featuring traditional bluegrass instruments like the banjo, mandolin, fiddle, upright bass, and dobro. Her first album, “Breathing on Embers,” was released June 22, 2016.
Michelle had a coveted spot playing at Montana’s Red Ants Pants Music Festival in July 2016, as well as many other gigs in the Northwest. She currently plays with Fiddle Champion, Jesse Maw, her husband Sean, and her father, David Piland, in addition to performing solo. Michelle will promote this album as she tours the region.
Based out of Seattle, Washington, the North Country Bluegrass Band is one of the premier traditional bluegrass bands from the Northwest. North Country was founded in 2012 when the guys were jamming together at a local bluegrass event in Seattle. They quickly found a unique chemistry and demonstrated the same love for music, songwriting, and instrumental dynamics. Within the first year of formation, the band played at prominent music venues, including Wintergrass and Seattle's historic Paramount Theater. Since then, they have continued to build their repertoire and toured throughout the United States and Canada.
HOT CLUB of SPOKANE meets WILSON FAMILY STRINGBAND from Austin, TX
Hot Club of Spokane is often fronted by award winning vocalist, Abbey Crawford, the only Yale educated cabaret singer in the region. Abbey twice won best singer in Spokane, awarded by Spokane/Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine. Abbey is also widely known on the theater circuit in Spokane, both as a director and an actor. Joining Abbey on stage for Camp and Jam 2017 will be Andrew and sons, Jake Wilson and Zack Wilson, on bass and guitar respectively, as well as Hot Club of Spokane bandleader, Garrin Hertel, on rhythm guitar. Learn more about Andrew Wilson online at: https://www.wilsonstringband.com/home Learn more about Hot Club of Spokane online at: https://www.hotclubofspokane.com/
Andrew Wilson is a 2-time Washington State Champion fiddle player, 2-time National Entertainer of the Year, and has also placed in the top 10 in the country at the National Fiddle Contest. In 2012 he won the Walnut Valley Festival’s Fiddle Contest in Winfield, KS, the Arkansas Masters Fiddle Championship, the Arkansas State Flatpicking Championship, and the 4 Corners Bluegrass Fiddle Championship. He also plays upright bass, mandolin and guitar. For five years, starting in 2007, Andrew played fiddle with the hot jazz preservation group Hot Club of Spokane. During that time, the band shared the stage with and opened for groups such as the Hot Club of Cowtown, Hot Club of New Orleans, Washboard Chaz Leary, the Portland Cello Project, and more.
Big Red Barn has been forging it's unique and infectious blend of rhythm & bluegrass at events throughout the Inland Northwest. The band's repertoire includes gems from the 30's, 40's and 50's, folk songs, bluegrass and country standards along with a number of solid originals that have become audience favorites.
Jim & Lou Myers have helped many a congregation by preaching and supporting as long as needed for them to take root. They are kind, amiable folks who also have the gift of song. Jim & Lou will perform some old favorite songs. Jim will also deliver a message to the Camp Jammers Sunday 10am. Come join in!
Unckle Richard & the Knot Bumpers (Knot Bumpers removed stray/hanging limbs and knots from logs). About the band: Unckle Richard is a logger and musician, and the Knot Bumpers are his Northport music students. They are primarily a bluegrass and Gospel music band but sometimes stray into other styles. What inspires them? Performing original songs and select covers that are entertaining with words to think about. The band members are Richard Eich, Abigail Wolfe, Janissa, Jeneva and Garrett Black and Natalie & Tammy Bonners.
Primitive Pines is a bluegrass duo with Josh Reimen and Connie Fletcher based out of rural northeastern Washington. They specialize in classic bluegrass hits with haunting harmonies and some mighty dandy picking by Josh.
Kettle Creek reformed after last years reunion of the band in an impromptu jam on Sunday at last years Camp & Jam. They have joined forces with the amazing Abigail Wolfe who had taken a hiatus from music to raise a family. They bring the "Kettle Creek Sound" to the unique and diverse selection of songs they perform.
The Camp & Jam philosophy is one of bringing people together. We are so grateful how the Town of Kettle Falls has opened their gates and welcomed us in, and the area has so much to offer including in the way of talent! In an effort to invite the community in to see what the Camp & Jam is about and for the campers to meet locals, we will invite some their favorite entertainers perform in an all acoustic sets on Friday! To close the show we're gonna let the locals see what bluegrass is all about with North Country and Michelle Rivers.
Chipped & Broken are a very popular local group from Kettle Falls. Chip Johnson does an amazing job singing hit after hit and joining him are Brian Tost, Robbie Edwards and Brian Davis. They play a mix of '90's tunes and will be playing in the style of the MTV "Unplugged" series!
I was talking with my singer songwriter friendand he explained to me about a "song swap" concert. A bell rang in my head and I had just the right local pair in mind, Sara Brown and Finnessa Fann. They are regular performers around the area in the bands they play in but also have quite a few fans that come out to see their solo shows as well. Each has unique musical abilities and songwriting styles and both have fabulous voices and stories to share. Side by side they could be one of the greatest highlights of the festival!
We love to see youth that have it in them to organize something as sophisticated as a music group and Checkmate Reality reality has done just that. Based in Chewelah, Washington, this group has been a hit on the local scene. They have an eclectic style and play a variety of tunes. We hope parents and kids alike will be inspired by this groups ambition and disipline and consider picking up an instrument as well.
Macy Morgan has been a fixture around the Inland Northwest for years. Whether placing in the final round of "Colville's Got Talent" or with the bluegrass band, "The Afterthoughts" or one of her solo performances. She's putting together a great little combo to open the Camp & Jam. She's a local music teacher and will giving Fiddle lessons in the Camp & Jam Workshops. (picture is from her first years in the Afterthoughts joined by Justin Sherfy and Aaron Castilla