“Take The Stage” at Florence Winter Music Festival
The Florence Winter Music Festival features bluegrass, new and traditional folk, and Americana during its 20th annual celebration. In addition to workshops and jams, the festival begins on Thursday evening, January 26, with an open mic event called “Take the Stage” (6 – 9 p.m.).
“Take the Stage” invites all comers to sign up and play up to two songs (acoustic only) in a flat floor room at the Florence Events Center (FEC). Mlinek explains: “Some folks call that a hootenanny, others call it an open mic. You get the idea. All acoustic, no amplifiers, and a supportive audience. We will add specifics to the website (WinterMusicFestival.org) in the coming weeks. The sweetener for this event is that Linda Leavitt, Oregon Bluegrass Association board member, workshop leader, and Lois and Clark Expedition band member—and her partner, Tom Nechville of Nechville Banjos fame—have agreed to have their instruments strapped on and ready to back up any performers who request it.”
The festival will offer 17 workshops on topics like songwriting, harmony, jamming etiquette, and instrument and stage-performance techniques. The workshops/seminars are free to ticket holders, or $10 per walk-in.
“Getting your tickets now helps guarantee you get the best available seats, and a more memorable experience,” he added. “Specifically, the three-day pass, good for all performances on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, is your best value at $149.” Single evening performances for Friday and Saturday nights are $50. Saturday afternoon passes are $45 and Sunday afternoon passes are $35 for these general admission seating shows. A complete festival overview, with artist profiles, ticket info, and workshop/jam session schedules is available on the Winter Music Festival website .