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Welcome to Eastside Bluegrass, where we bring some of the best talent from around our region to you. We invite you to come and enjoy this fun and rousing music with us in our many concerts throughout the year. Everyone is welcome! Take a look at some of the great groups we have coming this fall and into next year. Admission is only a suggested $10 per person donation at the door and we have a full service snack bar, great seating, fantastic sound and great company. Our concerts are usually held on the second Saturday of each month unless we have special show or a conflict with a holiday.

Jamming begins at 5:30pm so bring an instrument and join in. Don't play? Well, bring your voice and sing along!

Show begins at 7:00pm with usually two groups split by a "tweener" act and a break for refreshments. Very relaxed atmosphere and plenty of time to talk and visit with friends, musicians and new acquaintances. You can also download our current flyer that you can print, post and give to your friends by clicking here.

Click on the name or website name on the left column of any of the groups to go to their website and listen to what super talent we have in store for you. If you have any comments or suggestions for our new website let us know!

Eastside Bluegrass series is proud to have our fabulous sound system at our concerts courtesy of Mark Gensman of "Ground Zero Sound".

See ya there! Click here for a map to the concert location.

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Mason Smith
Promoter/Emcee
Eastside Bluegrass Series
email: Mason
music "Marching through Georgia"courtesy of The Loafers)

SPECIAL VIDEO: Steve Blanchard sings "Eight More Miles to Louisville" during October show!!

SPECIAL ARTICLE WRITTEN ABOUT ESB IN EAST PORTLAND NEWS! CLICK HERE TO READ!

Click here to see a printable pdf file of schedule!
CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT SOME OF THE AMAZING GROUPS
THAT HAVE AREADY PLAYED ESB!

Videos of Previous shows!

 

Special Summer Shows!

Tuesday
July 28th

7:30pm

Drymill Road

Drymill Road is a 4 piece bluegrass band from Virginia USA.
Its high energy and heartfelt music that demands listeners and brings a smile to your face.
The band brings a full-blown entertainment experience to the stage with some very different blends of old, new, traditional, surprising twists and turns of musicality and phrasing. The beauty of it is to not expect to hear “NewGrass” or some far-out translation of the basic form. The value is in the entertainment package. They’ll transport you down a road – that’s ‘Older than the Hills.

Saturday
August 29th

GREAT NORTHERN PLANES!
Change of venue:
Open Bible Church
3223 SE 92nd • Portland, OR • 97266

One of our favorite bands, the Great Northern Planes, was formed out of the ashes of former Portland band Pumpkin Ridge. The band was forced to split after too many people called at 6:00 a.m. on weekends to ask for a tee-time. However, the "Punk" attitude waskept, and a new sound was born of the ashes. The result has been a successful combination that has taken the band to new places. Whether you want traditional Bluegrass for your formal gatherings or a Bluegrass free-for-all that's guaranteed to get you arrested, The Great Northern Planes do it all. When the late Bill Monroe was asked to comment on these boys, he responded, "What?" The band consists of Rob Hakanson who is a former "Punk" Fiddler, is now a mandolin manipulator. For the Planes, Rob has analyzed each and every combination of strings and frets and has concluded that there are twelve, yes twelve notes only, in the world of the mandolin., Jim Hancock on banjo, a "Punk" original, has come a long way from his "log cabin in New York City" birthplace. When it comes to clean and thoughtful banjo playing, I can tell you one thing, Jim is a nice guy. Doug Hancock, known as the "Pharoah of the Flat Pick," constantly plays all around the melody and on both sides of the beat. When he's not playing his guitar, he's testing different forms of asbestos-based hair polymers for Mary Kay, and Steve Bond who is the Planes' bass virtuoso. Steve came to the Northwest not too long ago from Wallyland. Rockabilly, klezmer, bluegrass - it's all music to him. Steve was in the northwest as a part of the Federal Witness Protection Program. During last year's federal government shutdown, they could no longer afford to keep him hidden, so they turned him loose and told everyone who he was. We're glad they did because we found him.Be sure not to miss these wild guys and their great music!!