Ira Gitlin

Schedule

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Saturday, March 23

The Oklahoma Twisters (Western Swing)

American Legion Post 217
9218 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 441-2783

8:00-11:00 PM

For more information, click here.

Saturday, April 13

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

Tanger Kabob House Cafe
5735 Telegraph Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22303
(703) 329-4860

7:30-10 PM

Wednesday, April 17

Private event

Why not have bluegrass, country, or swing music for your big event? Contact me here.

Sunday, April 21

Skip Church and the Growlers (Bluegrass)

Easter Sunrise Service
Aldersgate United Methodist Church
1301 Collingwood Rd.
Alexandria, VA 22308
(703)765-6555

Friday, April 26

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

Barley & Hops
5473 Urbana Pike
Frederick, MD 21704
(301)668-5555

7:00-10:00 PM

Saturday, April 27

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

Bright Box Theater
15 North Loudoun St.
Winchester, VA 22601

7:30 PM

Sharing the evening with the amazing Danny Knicely!

Saturday, May 4

Private event

Why not have bluegrass, country, or swing music for your big event? Contact me here.

Friday, May 10

Private event

Why not have bluegrass, country, or swing music for your big event? Contact me here.

Saturday, May 11

Private event

Why not have bluegrass, country, or swing music for your big event? Contact me here.

Monday, May 13-Thursday, May 16

Wernick Method Bluegrass Jamming Camp

Granite Hill Campground
3340 Fairfield Rd.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717)642-8749

If you play one of the bluegrass instruments (guitar, bass, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro) and would like to play with others, but don’t know where to start, THIS CAMP IS FOR YOU! You’ll learn the “rules of the road” that will have you jamming in the very first session. You don’t need to read music or tablature. All you need is the ability to play G, C, D, and A chords (or, for fiddle and bass, notes that go with those chords) and change them smoothly, and we’ll show you the rest.

And if you’re already playing, but want to work on your higher-level jam skills, this class is for you, too!

Topics covered will include the following:

•Jamming ground rules and etiquette
•Learning new songs on the fly
•Leading songs
•Finding melodies
•Faking solos
•Harmony singing.

For more information, or to register, go here.

Sunday, May 19

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

B Chord Brewing Company
34266 Williams Gap Rd.
Round Hill, VA 20141
(571)474-9191

8:00 PM

Saturday, May 25

Skip Church and the Growlers (Bluegrass)

Port City Brewing Company
3950 Wheeler Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22304
(703)797-2739

3:00-5:00 PM

Friday, June 7

Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys (Honky-Tonk Country)

Andy Nelson’s Barbecue
11007 York Road
Cockeysville, MD 21030
(410) 527-1226

6:00-9:00 PM

Thursday, June 13

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

New Deal Café
113 Centerway
Roosevelt Center
Greenbelt, MD 20770
(301) 474-5642

7:30-9:30 PM

Friday, June 14

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

VFW Post 350 (“Hells Bottom”)
6420 Orchard Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912

8:00-11:00 PM

Friday, June 21-Wednesday, June 26

Pete Wernick’s Silver Bay Bluegrass Camp

Silver Bay YMCA
87 Silver Bay Rd.
Silver Bay, NY 12874
(518) 543-8833

A full week of instrumental, vocal, and ensemble classes, concerts, and LOTS of jamming in a beautiful setting on the shores of Lake George. For more information, or to register, click here.

Friday, June 28

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

Haydee’s Restaurant
3102 Mt. Pleasant St., NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(202)483-9199

8:00-11:00 PM

Saturday, June 29

Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys (Honky-Tonk Country)

Cat’s Eye Pub
1730 Thames Street
Baltimore, MD 21231
(410)276-9866

4:00-8:00 PM

Thursday, July 4

Private event

Why not have bluegrass, country, or swing music for your big event? Contact me here.

Thursday, July 18-Sunday, July 21

Grey Fox Bluegrass Academy For Kids

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
Walsh Farm
1 Poultney Rd.
Oak Hill, NY 12460
(888)946-8495

A fun program for budding musicians at the premier bluegrass festival in the Northeast. I’ll be teaching banjo again (my 20th year!) alongside a great staff of instructors on all the bluegrass instruments. If you know any young pickers who might be interested, please make sure their families know about this! For more information, or to register, click here.

Sunday, July 21-Friday, July 26

Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week

Augusta Heritage Center
Davis and Elkins College
100 Campus Drive, Elkins, WV 26241
(304)637-1209

Maybe my favorite week of the year! I’m honored to be part of the team that puts together this wonderful program of classes, jamming, concerts, square dances, and more. If your idea of a great vacation involves hanging out in the beautiful hills of West Virginia, immersed in bluegrass music, improving your playing, and making new friends, find out more—or register—by clicking here.

Thursday, August 1

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

Cherry Hill Park
312 Park Ave.
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703)248-5077

6:00-8:00 PM

Saturday, August 3

The Oklahoma Twisters (Western Swing)

Prince George’s Swimming Pool
3301 Buchanan Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

6:00-9:00 PM

Friday, August 9

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Park Rd.
Springfield, VA 22150

7:30-8:30 PM

Thursday, August 15-Sunday, August 18

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival Kids’Academy

Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival
Granite Hill Campground
3340 Fairfield Rd.
Gettysburg, PA 17325
(717)642-8749

Another great bluegrass festival, another great program for kids who are starting to play bluegrass instruments. For details, or to register, go here.

Friday, August 23

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

Lake Accotink Park
7500 Accotink Park Rd.
Springfield, VA 22150

7:30-8:30 PM

Saturday, August 24

Arty Hill and the Long Gone Daddys (Honky-Tonk Country)

American Legion Post 217
9218 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
(301) 441-2783

8:00-11:00 PM

For more information, click here.

Friday, August 30-Sunday, September 1

Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival Kids’Academy

Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival
Salem County Fairgrounds
Woodstown, NJ 08079
(302) 321-6466

Another great bluegrass festival, another great program for kids who are starting to play bluegrass instruments. For details, or to register, go here.

Saturday, September 14

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

Agricultural History Farm Park
18400 Muncaster Road
Derwood, MD 20855
(828)645-7070

12:00 noon

Thursday, September 19

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Country)

TPSS Co-op
201 Ethan Allen Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 891-2667

Time TBA

Just Karen and me with two guitars for Thursdays @ the Co-op. “Eat. Connect. Enjoy.”

Friday, September 20

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

VFW Post 350 (“Hells Bottom”)
6420 Orchard Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912

8:00-11:00 PM

Sunday, September 22

The Blue Moon Cowgirls (Acoustic Country)

Creative Alliance at the Patterson
3134 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21224
(410)276-1651

Time TBA

It’s hard to believe, but 2019 brings the 20th anniversary of the Blue Moon Cowgirls’ first performance. What better way to celebrate than with an appearance at the Creative Alliance? There might be some special guests and surprises….

Sunday, October 13

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

Northeast Neighborhood Library
330 7th St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
(202)698-0058

2:00-4:00 PM

Friday, October 26

Big Howdy (Bluegrass)

Edith May’s Paradise
7711 Apple Ave.
Jessup, MD 20794
(410) 799-3755

7:00 PM

Friday, December 6

Karen Collins and the Backroads Band (Honky-Tonk Country)

VFW Post 350 (“Hells Bottom”)
6420 Orchard Ave.
Takoma Park, MD 20912

8:00-11:00 PM

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