Florence Music Festival coming soon | Local News
It’s going to heat up in Florence on January 28 and 29.
Music fans will enjoy two days and six bands of searing bluegrass, heartwarming traditional and new folk, and stomping Americana at the annual Florence Winter Music Festival. The Friday evening, Saturday afternoon and Saturday evening sessions will take place at the Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St. in Florence and will be broadcast live.
This year’s headliner is Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Karla Bonoff.
Friday, January 28 lineup includes Growling Old Men at 7:00 p.m. and Appalachian Road Show at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, January 29, with Pretty Gritty at 1:00 p.m., Growling Old Men at 2:15 p.m. and Mary Flower at 3:30 p.m. Saturday night’s opening act is festival favorite Kristen Grainger and True North at 7:00 p.m., with headliner Karla Bonoff at 8:30 p.m.
The festival also includes performance workshops and jam sessions. Workshop topics and schedules, as well as jam schedules, are at WinterMusicFestival.org
New this year is a live streaming option for each show and for the weekend as a whole. The event will not be recorded for later viewing.
On-site performances at the Florence Events Center are $98 for the two-day pass, $42 for Bluegrass Friday reserved seating, $31 for Saturday afternoon Folk/Americana general admission, and $49 for Saturday night’s headlining show.
Live stream prices are $20 each for Friday Night Bluegrass, Saturday Afternoon Folk/Americana, and Saturday Night Headliner. A two-day live stream pass with full access costs $55. Links will be sent to each buyer before each show.
Growling Old Men are Ben Winship (mandolin and vocals) and John Lowell (guitar and vocals), both veterans of the Northern Rockies acoustic music world and who have been performing and recording together for nearly 25 years. Together, the duo presents a tight, yet relaxed ensemble of original and traditional bluegrass songs, ballads and melodies.
Appalachian Road Show is a visionary acoustic ensemble of award-winning and Grammy-nominated artists who bring next-generation interpretations of traditional American, bluegrass and folk songs, along with innovative original music, all presented with a directly tying thread. in the heart of the Appalachian region. The Friday night shows are sponsored by the Florence Dental Clinic.
Pretty Gritty has cultivated a timeless, classic sound while bringing something new to the table by pushing roots-Americana sounds into an alternative, edgy space. These two have carved out a reputation as a go-to live performer.
Mary Flower’s incredible prowess in both fingering and lap-slide guitar is soulful and perfect, a deft blend of inventive, skillful and spellbinding. Her supple voice of honey and whiskey provides the perfect melodic accompaniment to each song’s story. The shows are sponsored by Bodega Wine Parlor.
Kristin Grainger and True North’s latest release, Ghost Tattoo, was ranked #2 on Folk Alliance International’s Best Albums of 2020, #12 on Folk Alley’s Listeners Choice Top 20 Albums of 2020, and #1 on the FAI folk radio charts for both albums and singles. Kristen was named, alongside Brandi Carlile and Dolly Parton, one of the women who wrote our 2020 soundtrack by The Bluegrass Situation, and just won the 2020 USA Songwriting Contest (folk) , and has won or been a finalist in several other national competitions.
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter Karla Bonoff is Saturday’s headliner. Bonoff enjoyed critical acclaim, commercial success, enduring popularity, and the unwavering respect of his peers. Karla has seen her songs become hits for Bonnie Raitt, Wynonna Judd and Linda Ronstadt. People magazine ranked Bonoff’s “All My Life,” a Grammy-winning duet for Ronstadt and Aaron Neville, as one of the top five most popular wedding songs. Bonoff had his own top ten single, “Standing Right Next to Me,” from the movie “8 Seconds” and just released a new Christmas single with Michael McDonald. Saturday night shows are sponsored by the River House Inn and the Old Town Inn.
The festival begins with a free-to-audience mini-concert featuring Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel as the True North Duo on Friday, January 28 at 4:30 p.m. at the Oregon Pacific Bank Main Branch.
The festival, presented by Sea Lion Caves, attracts attendees from every western state each year, is in its 20th year except for last year’s COVID-interrupted season and is produced and run by a dedicated team of volunteers from the non-profit organization Florence Arts, Culture and Entertainment.
“We believe Florence Events Center is the best live music venue on the Oregon Coast due to its exceptional acoustics, state-of-the-art sound and light systems, and stunning 455-seat theater” , added Mlinek.
FACE has established COVID-19 safety as a top festival priority and as such attendance and participation in all Winter Music Festival activities will require proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID test result. .
within 48 hours of first entering the festival site. No on-site testing will be available. Any state or local mask-wearing requirements and other protocols will be enforced.