Pickin' and fiddlin'

B(luegrass bands from around Oregon will be pickin&

8217; and fiddlin&

8217; this weekend at the annual Prospect Bluegrass Festival. The 13th annual hootenanny hosted by the Prospect Lions Club will feature two days of down home music by groups such as True North of Salem and the Green Mountain Bluegrass Band from Eugene, along with Siskiyou Summit, The Mighty Lonesomes and others from the Rogue Valley.

The Dale Albee Bonfire Jam will kick off the festival at 6 p.m. Friday, July 11, in Lions Park. Admission to the music jam and hot dog roast is free. Bring your own lawn chairs. The festival will continue through Saturday and Sunday, July 12-13, in Lions Park.

True North combines traditional bluegrass instrumentation with folk-style songs written by members Kristen Grainger and Dan Wetzel with a modern bent. The quartet also plays covers such as Tom Petty&

8217;s &

8220;Free Fallin.&



The Green Mountain Bluegrass Band plays straight-ahead, traditional bluegrass with all five members gathered around a single microphone &

a manner that reflects the spirit of the music. The band&

8217;s sound is centered around a hard-driving five-string banjo.

The Rogue Valley&

8217;s own Siskiyou Summit Bluegrass Band, featuring Glenn Freese, Bob Evoniuk, Crystal Reeves, Jim Calhoun, Rick Nelson and Jeff Jones, has cultivated its own brand of bluegrass since 1999. All of its members sing, play instruments and write and arrange music. Siskiyou Summit&

8217;s 2003 CD, &

8220;From the Top,&

8221; exemplifies the various musical tastes shared by the group, and its most recent recording, &


8221; features nine original songs.

The Mighty Lonesomes, formed by Pat Connell, Thad Jacobson, Phil Johnson and Peter Koelsch, is a newer Ashland band drawn together by the love of bluegrass. The group also is slated for the Siskiyou Bluegrass Festival to be held Saturday, July 19, at Lake Selmac in Josephine County.

The Gold River Bluegrass Band from Grants Pass and the Goldman Family Band from Eagle Point also will perform at the festival, along with cowboy poet and storyteller Leon Flick.

New to the event this year will be a barn dance at 9 p.m. Saturday at the Prospect Community Hall. The Generic String Band will present live music for dancing, and Todd Silverstein of Salem will call squares, rounds, contras, waltzes and children&

8217;s dances. Admission to the barn dance is free with a festival wristband or $3 each, $5 per couple.

Other activities at the festival will include the Bluegrass Band Scramble on Saturday and a Gospel Open Mic and Kids Jam on Sunday.

The Prospect Lions will offer pancake breakfasts on both days and a barbecue dinner on Saturday.

Festival admission is $35, $10 for ages 13 through 19, and includes Saturday and Sunday. Admission for Saturday only is $25, $7 for teens. Admission for Sunday only is $20, $5 for teens. Children ages 12 and younger will be admitted free. Tent and RV camping are available.

See prospectcommunity.org/bluegrass or call 488-0178 for tickets and information.

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